In 1716 Jake Carpenter joins his Uncle Will aboard the Greyhound, to become a sailor, but when the Greyhound is captured by pirates he embarks on an exciting new life on the wrong side of the law. This is a swashbuckling account of pirate life.
Richard Platt was shortlisted for the Kurt Maschler Award , the TES Junior Information Book Award and the New Generation History Book of the Year Prize for "Castle Diary". Chris Riddell was shortlisted for the Kurt Maschler Award for "The Swan's Stories", and was highly commended for the 1999 Kate Greenaway Medal for "Castle Diary".
Winner of Smarties Book Prize Silver Award 2002 and LA Kate Greenaway Medal 2002. Shortlisted for Smarties Book Prize 6-8 Category 2002.
"Reads like a rollicking adventure but packed with accurate historical detail." The Financial Times; "A fabulously illustrated ripping yarn that is also... non-fiction. This book... stands out, for the thoughtfulness of the way it is put together, and for its gorgeousness and vitality" Children's Book of the Week The Sunday Times
Richard Platt has written more than 30 books, many of which have maritime themes. His other books include Cross Sections: Castles and Castle Diary, which was shortlisted for the Kurt Maschler Award, the TES Junior Information Book Award and the New Generation History Book of the Year Prize. Chris Riddell has illustrated many children's books, including Hans Christian Andersen's The Swan's Stories, translated by Brian Alderson, which was shortlisted for the Kurt Maschler Award. In 1999 he was Highly Commended for the Kate Greenaway Medal for Castle Diary. Chris is also a cartoonist for The Observer.