Thursday, January 17, 2013

Book Review - Misty Gordon and the Mystery of the Ghost Pirates

My son & I read this book (separately) - it is on the 2012-2013 Texas Bluebonnet Award List (congratulations to the author Kim Kennedy) and we loved it.  Although the main character is a girl - she's not too girly and has an adventure while solving a mystery.  Too far fetched to be confused with any real town, however this book includes enough description and continuous action (not to mention writing that read well - flowed) to keep our interest and was an "easy" read (definitely a chapter book - 218 pages, 16 chapters)  My son (5th grade) did not consider it a "girl" book.  The story contained pirates, ghosts, an asylum, crazy townspeople, and a twist at the end.  Will Misty be solving more mysteries in her town?  I don't know what the author has planned; it seemed Misty's adventures could continue, but the story is also good as a stand alone book.  According to Barnes & Noble's website this is the author's first novel, and has collaborated with her brother on several picture books (some about pirates).  She's from Louisiana - so maybe she gets her pirate inspiration from her state's history?  I recommend this book to any 5th grader - boy or girl and any parent who likes a bit of light reading.   We will watch this author for any future novels.

Image from Barnes & Noble website.

1 comment:

  1. Hi, I am doing a book report on this book so I am trying to remember who are the 3 decendants out of Hazel Monger, Madame Zaster, Fannie Beltcher, and Louis Yates.
    -a 5th grader