A Little Ghostly Adventure
**Sponsored** Seven Dead Pirates by Linda Bailey is the perfect middle grade book. A little bit spooky, a little bit of school and parent drama, and a whole lot of fun.
I kept seeing this book at the library, picking it up, thinking this sounds really good but then putting it back on the shelf to choose something different. It's a book that I have been intrigued by but never brought home. I am so glad I finally read it because I loved every page.
Lewis Dearborn is a quirky child, with two highly educated parents who are quite fussy about cleanliness and a great-grandfather who has basically lost his marbles given he is 101 years old. When Great-Grandad dies and leaves the Dearborn's with his beautiful, albeit dilapidated, seaside mansion: Shornoway, Lewis finally feels like he's home. He discovers a beautiful new tower room and settles in, that is until some unlikely guests show up. It turns out the tower room is inhabited by seven dead pirates who need Lewis' help.
I am a really big fan of Linda Bailey's work. Her picture books are wonderful and clever and some of our favourites. Seven Dead Pirates was funny, clever and inspiring. For all of the shy children out there, those who feel invisible and looking for a way to fit in, it's a fantastic story. Full of humour, adventure and courage. A chance friendship and a family secret make this book a total page turner. A ghost story incredibly suited to those age 10 and up, not as much of a spooky story as it is a hilarious tale featuring some pretty scurvy but gentlemanly pirates.
Thanks Tundra Books for providing a copy of Seven Dead Pirates by Linda Bailey in exchange for a fair and honest review.