Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Steel by Carrie Vaughn - ADVISABLE

Vaughn, Carrie Steel, 304 p. HarperCollins, 2011.  

Content: PG (blood, swords and fighting, one very sad scene).  


Jill is a little worn out by her fencing competitions.  On a family trip to the Caribbean, she finds a piece of a rusty sword and when she falls overboard during a boat trip, she resurfaces to find herself pulled back through time and onto a pirate ship – with a female captain.  Jill will have to work hard and fight for her life if she ever wants to find her way home.  

Vaughn is a little kinder to pirates and life-choices than most pirate books; there is plenty of danger, but not so much scurvy or peglegs or parrots. I could have done without the time travel element, but I still was drawn into the story.  There are some great sword fights and the book is reminiscent of Charlotte Doyle.  

Cindy, Library Teacher

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