Seven Dead Pirates by Linda BaileySeven Dead Pirates by Linda Bailey

Seven Dead Pirates

byLinda Bailey

Hardcover | September 8, 2015

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Lewis Dearborn is a lonely, anxious, "terminally shy" boy of eleven when his great-grandfather passes away and leaves Lewis's family with his decaying seaside mansion. Lewis is initially delighted with his new bedroom, a secluded tower in a remote part of the house. Then he discovers that it's already occupied -- by the ghosts of seven dead pirates. Worse, the ghosts expect him to help them re-take their ship, now restored and on display in a local museum, so they can make their way to Libertalia, a legendary pirate utopia. The only problem is that this motley crew hasn't left the house in almost two hundred years and is terrified of going outside. As Lewis warily sets out to assist his new roommates -- a raucous, unruly bunch who exhibit a strange delight in thrift-store fashions and a thirst for storybooks -- he begins to open himself to the possibilities of friendship, passion and joie de vivre and finds the courage to speak up.
Linda Bailey is the author of more than two dozen books for children, including the Stevie Diamond mystery series, the Good Times Travel Agency graphic novels, and an eclectic assortment of picture books including If You Happen to Have a Dinosaur and the acclaimed Stanley's Party. She has won awards across North America such as the Cal...
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Title:Seven Dead PiratesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:304 pages, 8.19 × 5.81 × 1 inPublished:September 8, 2015Publisher:TundraLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:177049815X

ISBN - 13:9781770498150

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious and unexpectedly touching! Oh, man, I love those pirates. Whether it's their fear of cars, their clothing choices, or their love of being read to, they are absolutely endearing. What a fantastic book.
Date published: 2017-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny, and not just for kids! I read this book because, as a librarian, I try to read books to recommend to library patrons, kids and adults. So I read Seven Dead Pirates, because I thought that maybe, this book could appeal to boys. What a fun read! The pirates are silly and a lot of fun, and the kids can easily rely to Lewis. I had a really good time!
Date published: 2017-07-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Dead Pirates with a sense of Humour Lewis soon learns what his grandfather’s last words mean when he meets up with the ghosts of seven pirates needing his help. As Lewis struggles with his own shyness he comes up with a plan to get them back to their ship at the local museum. Filled with more humor than horror, this book will appeal to readers’ eight to 12.
Date published: 2016-02-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Book! I just finished reading this with my 10 year old son and we both LOVED it! I promptly agreed to buy him his own copy (as he couldn't wait to reread it) and 4 more for gifts. A truly delightful, funny and imaginative story. Lonely grade sixer, Lewis, teams up with a band of pirate ghosts who live in his bedroom and hatches a plan to get them back to their ship. Along the way, Lewis discovers his own strengths, finds his voice and makes some friends. Linda Bailey has a terrific sense of how kids really talk and operate on the school ground. Her pirates are "flesh and blood", fully drawn and charming characters. This is one I would have reread many times as a kid. I'd recommend it for grade 2 - 6.
Date published: 2015-11-06

Editorial Reviews

“Bailey endows Lewis with several scene-stealing allies (notably a fierce kindergartener) and leaves him confidently steering a course toward calm waters. Piratical fun well-stocked with colorful cast members living and arrghh.” - Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews“This rollicking tale moves apace with a vivid setting, surprising depth, great humor, and memorable characters. Readers will root for Lewis as he finds his sea legs and the courage to make friends, both spectral and human. VERDICT Ahoy, ye maties: don’t miss this treasure of a middle grade yarn.” - Starred Review, School Library Journal“It is Bailey’s extraordinary skill as a storyteller that keeps the entire fantastical premise, and its meaningful undercurrent, from ever straying into the unbelievable. Seven Dead Pirates is a story that flows almost like magic .... At times earnest, at times playful, and always infused with the power of imagination, Seven Dead Pirates is a rollicking and exciting story that will entertain and enlighten in equal amounts.” - CM Magazine“The larger-than-life (afterlife?) pirates are the perfect foil to introverted Lewis. Bailey paints them with broad strokes, but her caricatures are filled with a whole lotta heart. It’s unlikely that every shy kid will have seven dead pirates at their disposal to teach them how to believe in themselves, but they can have Bailey’s book, which is a pretty nice alternative.” - National Post“…I enjoyed this story right from the start…one of the best openings I have read in a long time…Lewis tackles his problems and wins my affection as a true hero moving on his journey... I give this story a five out of possible five.” - Midwest Book Review