Thirteen-year-old Erik Burks’ life is falling apart. When he discovers a lace
bra in the glove compartment of his dad’s car, his mom leaves his father and
drags Erik from being king of the hill in Texas to the bottom of the pits in
South Carolina. No Dad, no baseball, no friends, just Starry Knight (a girl who
reads minds) and her equally weird brother, Stormy, the twins that live down the
“Families splitting apart.
Friends coming together.
What a great tween adventure! This book has everything for kids who like action, mystery, pirates, and ghosts. Beverly Stowe McClure very cleverly intersperses real piratical and nautical facts between her fictionalized account of the feud between (historical figures) Major Stede Bonnet and Edward Teach aka Blackbeard. Danger abounds when Erik and his friends board the pirate ghost ship and set sail on their quest to resolve the ghosts’ issues. Magic and mayhem keep the action going, without being too scary. I liked the author’s handling of Erik’s inner turmoil, his confusion over his father’s behavior, and his longing for his life and friends back in Texas. A subtle theme is how children deal with parental break-ups. The author creates a lovely character in Erik, which kids will relate to very well. Very enjoyable. Recommended. Reviewed by Fiona Ingram for Readers’ Favorite.