The Pirate Captain’s Daughter
Author: Eve Bunting
Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press, 2010
Catherine has always known her father’s real occupation. He’s a pirate. When her mother dies, Catherine convinces him to let her join his band of buccaneers. She cuts off her hair and becomes “Charlie.”
Charlie may be a newbie when it comes to being a pirate, but she’s spunky, resourceful, and small enough to eavesdrop without being discovered. She learns of a plot to steal a valuable gemstone from her father. Although he has sworn not to give her any special attention, she manages to warn him that there is danger afoot, apart from the usual kind of danger involved in attacking other ships.
The plot of The Pirate Captain’s Daughter is pretty thin and not terribly original. However, from the perspective of historical fiction, it does give a lot of information about what a pirate’s life would truly be like. (Personally, a pirate’s life would NOT be for me. Too unhygienic in every way.) It dispels myths and gives an accurate picture of life on a ship. Charlie, her father, and the cabin boy, William (who, by the way, is the one who discovers Charlie’s little secret) are all likeable enough characters. Despite the fact that it is hardly a unique story, it’s still a pleasantly vicarious read.
*Note: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.