Pirate's Passage

by William Gilkerson

Shambhala | January 10, 2006 | Hardcover

Pirate's Passage is rated 5 out of 5 by 3.
Off the coast of Nova Scotia in 1952, fierce winds force a small boat into port. The boat''s pilot, the eccentric Captain Charles Johnson, takes up residence at the small inn run by Jim and his mother. With each day, the captain''s presence becomes more valuable to the family as they struggle to keep the inn open for business—and his background becomes more mysterious as Jim discovers how much he knows about the lives and battles of the old-time pirates. Who is this man whose compelling stories bring to life in such detail the day-to-day experience of sailing on a pirate ship? And how can he possibly know so much about how it feels to grow up among the Vikings; about how Francis Drake and Queen Elizabeth plotted their victories; about the loves of Grace O''Malley, the pirate queen of Ireland?

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 400 pages, 9.26 × 6.35 × 1.31 in

Published: January 10, 2006

Publisher: Shambhala

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1590302478

ISBN - 13: 9781590302477

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from For kids 8-88 This won the Governor General Award in 2006 for children's literature. This new deluxe edition is lovely. My son read this when he was 10, I read it (40s), my mother read it (80s) - we all loved it! Adventure plus great characters set in Nova Scotia, 1952. Now Donald Sutherland's animated feature film based on Gilkerson's novel will be premiering on CBC Television January 4, 2015 at 8 PM EST.
Date published: 2014-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It'll rock your boat! Readers will be captivated and spell-bound within the first pages, finding themselves with the many strong characters of Pirate's Passage. Full of twists and turns, Gilkerson's book will not disappoint any avid reader. Making readers laugh and feel with the characters, wanting more with each page turned. Jim and his family, who run the Admiral Anson Inn, find the answer to their problems when a wintry gale drives the mysterious Captain Charles Johnson to the docks of Nova Scotia. Helping with the guests, an important history essay, or giving Jim his first drink, Captain Charles Johnson will not let you down. Aidan P.
Date published: 2008-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not Just For Kids This is excellent! For anyone with any interest in the sea, sailing, pirates, etc. Puts you right there.
Date published: 2007-03-03

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Pirate's Passage

by William Gilkerson

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 400 pages, 9.26 × 6.35 × 1.31 in

Published: January 10, 2006

Publisher: Shambhala

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1590302478

ISBN - 13: 9781590302477

From the Publisher

Off the coast of Nova Scotia in 1952, fierce winds force a small boat into port. The boat''s pilot, the eccentric Captain Charles Johnson, takes up residence at the small inn run by Jim and his mother. With each day, the captain''s presence becomes more valuable to the family as they struggle to keep the inn open for business—and his background becomes more mysterious as Jim discovers how much he knows about the lives and battles of the old-time pirates. Who is this man whose compelling stories bring to life in such detail the day-to-day experience of sailing on a pirate ship? And how can he possibly know so much about how it feels to grow up among the Vikings; about how Francis Drake and Queen Elizabeth plotted their victories; about the loves of Grace O''Malley, the pirate queen of Ireland?

About the Author

Award-winning author William Gilkerson is a sailor, painter, journalist, historian, and adventurer. He is the author of the novel Ultimate Voyage, as well as ten nonfiction books on nautical topics, and his paintings are internationally acknowledged to be among the finest contemporary maritime art. He lives with his family on the shores of Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, where he sails his ancient cutter, Elly.

Editorial Reviews

 "A small seaside town . . . a mysterious visitor . . . a voyage of self-discovery. Around all of this swirls a centuries-spanning world of pirates, mentors, and foes—and unlikely friends. It''s a mystical and illuminating tale."—Matthew P. Murphy, Editor, WoodenBoat "This marvelous tale crashed over me like a great wave, submerging me in a gleeful yarn of adventure, intrigue, and memorable characters. Pirate''s Passage creates its own kind of ship—and I advise any readers who enjoy a rollicking good story to climb aboard! —T. A. Barron, author of The Great Tree of Avalon "Wonderfully authentic . . . vividly brings to life the dark and violent world of the pirates of the Caribbean."—David Cordingly, author of Under the Black Flag*          *          *  Winner of the 2006 Governor General''s Literary Award for Children''s Literature "A palimpsest upon Treasure Island, William Gilkerson''s beguiling creation, Pirate''s Passage, has everything: irresistible characters, richly textured history, humor, suspense, and adventure. Steeped in wit, philosophy, and mystical ambiguity, it takes a maverick approach to history. A challenging children''s novel with a dangerous edge, Pirate''s Passage is a work of genius. . . . This novel will be read by readers of all generations."—Canada Council for the Arts (www.canadacouncil.ca)*   &#
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