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Lilly and the pirates
Root, Phyllis.
Personal Author:
1st ed.
Publication Information:
Honesdale, Pa. : Front Street, 2010.
Physical Description:
116 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Ten-year-old Lilly, a worrier who greatly fears the sea, leaves the home of her librarian great-uncle and sets out with an old woman pirate to rescue her parents, who were shipwrecked while seeking the elusive frangipani fruit fly on an uncharted island.
Reading Level:
680 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.3 3.0 139289.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 4.2 7 Quiz: 50549.
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A sighting of the rare frangipani fruit fly sends Lilly's scientist parents off in search of the fabled Shipwreck Islands. In this Smithsonian's Notable Book for Children, Lilly awaits their return at the home of her great-uncle Ernest, the chief librarian of Mundelaine, a town that seems to have more than its share of piratical-looking characters lurking about. When news comes that her parents' ship has wrecked, she must overcome her fear of the sea, find the hidden island, and outsmart abunch of treasure-hungry pirates to save the day.

Author Notes

Phllis Root is the author of over forty books, almost all of them picture books, both fiction and non-fiction. Her middle grade novel, Lilly and the Pirates, is currently under contract. Aunt Nancy and Old Man Trouble won the Minnesota Book Award, and Big Momma Makes the World won the Boston Globe Horn Book Award. Root was awarded a 2006 McKnight Fellowship for her book, Lucia and the Light. She has taught at the Loft, in the Complete and Practical Scholar program at the University of Minnesota, and in Vermont College's MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults program.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Ten-year-old Lilly has always joined her scientist parents on their expeditions, but their voyage to the Shipwreck Islands will be so dangerous that they send her to stay with Great-Uncle Ernest instead. In his seaside town, everyone seems to have a secret (and possibly pirate past). Even the library's one book on the Shipwreck Islands has its own secret (and probably) a treasure map.When Lilly learns that her parents' ship has sunk, she takes to the seas on a rescue mission. Lilly, who keeps lists to hold her fears at bay, battles her timid nature throughout the book and finds her courage when she needs it most. Whether puzzling out who's who and what's what or just enjoying Lilly's exciting exploits, many children will relate to this rather cozy adventure story and its lovably flawed heroine. Like the story, Shepperson's many full-page illustrations are lively, engaging, and occasionally humorous.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2010 Booklist