Cover image for Pirates of the Silver Coast
Title:
Pirates of the Silver Coast
Author:
Chantler, Scott, author, illustrator.
Publication Information:
Toronto : Kids Can Press, 2014.

©2014
Physical Description:
92 pages : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
Summary:
Dessa convinces the smuggler Quinn to transport her, Topper and Fisk to the mysterious Island of Astaroth. Dessa is convinced her twin brother, Jared, who was abducted years earlier by the Queen's chamberlain, is being held on the island. However, soon after setting sail, they are overtaken by a pirate ship commanded by the King of Pirates, whom they discover is interested in only one treasure on board: Dessa's map to the location of Astaroth! Will Dessa's plan for finding her brother be thwarted? Meanwhile, Captain Drake, still hot on the trail of Dessa and her cohorts, is startled when he comes face-to-face with a young boy delivering him a new horse. Why does the boy look so shockingly familiar?
Language:
English
Reading Level:
GN 390 Lexile.
ISBN:
9781894786539

9781894786546
Format :
Book

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Summary

In this fifth book in the Three Thieves series of graphic novels, Dessa convinces the smuggler Quinn to transport her, Topper and Fisk to the mysterious Island of Astaroth. Dessa is convinced her twin brother, Jared, who was abducted years earlier by the Queen's chamberlain, is being held on the island. However, soon after setting sail, they are overtaken by a pirate ship commanded by the King of Pirates, whom they discover is interested in only one treasure on board: Dessa's map to the location of Astaroth! Will Dessa's plan for finding her brother be thwarted? Meanwhile, Captain Drake, still hot on the trail of Dessa and her cohorts, is startled when he comes face-to-face with a young boy delivering him a new horse. Why does the boy look so shockingly familiar?



The titles in author-illustrator Scott Chantler's extremely well-reviewed Three Thieves fantasy adventure series consistently deliver a fast-paced storyline and cinematic artwork that crackles with energy. Here, the twists and turns of the plot, along with further development of the characters, continue to intrigue, while the slapstick comedy and exciting action keep things rollicking and fun. This series works beautifully in the classroom for reluctant readers, both boys and girls. The illustrations give it visual appeal and provide valuable contextual clues to the meaning of the narrative, while the literary elements help develop language skills and vocabulary. Offering children graphic novels as alternatives can help foster a love of reading, and motivated readers become strong readers.


Author Notes

Scott Chantler is an award-winning cartoonist. He lives in Waterloo, Ontario.

Scott Chantler is an award-winning cartoonist. He lives in Waterloo, Ontario.


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Booklist Review

There's an action sequence central to this fifth installment of Chantler's Three Thieves series that perfectly crystallizes the tale's great strengths. Having hired a ship to make for the mysterious, dark island of Astaroth to find her missing brother, the intrepid Dessa and her companions, hulking Fisk and clever Topper, are betrayed by the ship's captain and marooned. Working as a team, Dessa and her friends manage to reboard the boat and claim control of it. Just as they master the situation through sheer acrobatic grace, skill, and intelligence, Chantler attains visual virtuosity and narrative power through his lyricism, deceptive simplicity, and the eloquence of his art style. There's nothing forceful or bludgeoning here; it's all expertise and imagination. The action itself serves merely as a delightful climax, while the story hangs on suspense, emotional investment, and mood (the thieves' ocean escapade alternates with an ominous subplot involving their pursuer, Captain Drake). Chantler continues to add complexity to his thrilling epic and leaves off on a cliff-hanger that segues into the penultimate volume.--Karp, Jesse Copyright 2014 Booklist


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