A swashbuckling 17th century coming-of-age adventure of pirates and ghosts. Henry, only 13, was kidnapped and sold to a notorious pirate. As cabin boy, Henry tries to learn all he can, hoping knowledge will help him to escape one day. But the ship is haunted by its former pirate captain, and Henry’s wildest dreams or nightmares could not have come close to what was about to happen. More
“Scalawag” is a swashbuckling coming-of-age adventure set in a world of pirates and ghosts of the 17th century.
Henry Downs was only thirteen when he was kidnapped and sold into slavery to the notorious pirate, Captain Black. Henry becomes cabin boy on the pirate ship The Swan, with little hope of ever seeing his home again. Even so, he sets about learning everything he can about the ship and about sailing on the high seas, in the hope his knowledge will one day enable him to make his escape. Unbeknown to the other members of the crew of The Swan, the ship is haunted by its former pirate Captain, Mad Dog Jamison. Soon, Henry becomes aware of the ghost, but Mad Dog is not the only ghost on that ship and Henry could not have imagined in his wildest dreams (or nightmares) what would happen after sailors from Spanish galleons capture all but one of The Swan’s pirate crew.
Recommended for readers from eight years to adult.