It is the dawn of the eighteenth century, when girls stay home and sew while men sail the high seas finding adventure, danger, and gold. But two unusually adventurous girls--a rich merchant's daughter, Nancy Kington, and her former plantation slave, Minerva Sharpe--take to the high seas from Jamaica on a shop the crew renames Deliverance. Not just any trading ship, the Deliverance flies black flags from its mast, proclaiming to all that the newly named, hijacked ship is a pirate vessel, striking fear into the hearts of those she approaches. Or so they hope.
For Nancy, the Deliverance is her escape from an arranged betrothal to a controlling and devilish man. For Minerva, it is an escape from slavery, as well as from the fearsome overseer on Nancy's family plantation. But in the end, the money, the adventure, the companionship, and the chance to see the world not as women, but as bold and daring pirates, is an opportunity neither can deny.
A powerful, thrilling, and ultimately inspiring journey of two women who break the bonds of gender, race, and position to find their own way to glory.
|Publisher:||Random House Audio Publishing Group|
|Edition description:||Unabridged, 6 Cassettes, 8 hrs. 55 min.|
|Product dimensions:||4.25(w) x 6.25(h) x 2.62(d)|
|Age Range:||12 Years|
About the Author
CELIA REES is the author of many books for young readers, including bestsellers Witch Child and Sorceress. Her first book was published in 1993, a thriller for teenagers. She now divides her time between writing, talking to readers in schools and libraries, and teaching creative writing. She gets her inspiration from the world around her: newspaper stories, people she meets, places she visits. Rees lives in Leamington Spa, England with her husband and teenage daughter.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
You definatly have to be patient with this one, but it is so worth it. It took me a few time to gain the patients to read it through, but once I did I went right back to the beginning and started over. Worth every bit of waiting. Celia Rees has a lot to offer us readers!!!
Soon after her father dies, Nancy Kington is sent to Jamaica as the inheritor of his sugar plantation. Little does she know that her brothers and her recently deceased father had plans for her to marry a neighboring plantation owner, Bartolome. On her sixteenth birthday, Bartolome gives her a ruby necklace and earrings, and asks for her hand in marriage. Nancy flees with Minerva Sharpe, a slave on her father¿s plantation, and they both go ¿on the account.¿ As pirates, Nancy and Minerva dress like men. steal from merchant vessels, and free slaves. It is a life of freedom for them. But every night, Nancy is haunted by dreams of Bartolome searching for her on the seas. Is it possible for her to find true happiness as a pirate, especially since the man she loves serves in the Royal Navy? And what is the secret that both Minerva and her mother have sworn to keep, even from Nancy? Though this book seemed a little dry to me at times, I thought it had an excellent story. As a pirate fanatic, I got my fill of ¿piratical adventures,¿ but I also got a taste for a ¿real life¿ version of a pirate¿s life. Nancy¿s first task as a pirate is to assist the ship¿s surgeon as he removes a gangrenous leg from a young man. Rees¿s descriptions are quite vivid and remove any notions of romanticism. Some parts of the book were predictable, and part of that is the style Rees writes in; there is a great deal of foreshadowing to the point of giving plot away. However, the strong relationship between Nancy and Minerva was wonderful.
Today it is not at all unusual to find women taking on and conquering tasks that were once for men only - women soar into outer space, climb mountains, and fill top level political positions. However, such was not the case a short while ago. After all, in the total scheme of history several hundred years ago is a brief period, and that is where this high seas adventure begins. Celia Rees brings us the story of Nancy Kingston and Minerva Sharpe, two young women who more than kicked over the traces with astounding bravery and spirit. Nancy is our narrator, and voice performer Jennifer Wiltsie who delivers a bravura reading perfectly captures the nuances of 18th language as she describes Nancy's horror upon discovering the cruelties of slavery. When Nancy's father, her remaining parent, dies she journeys to her family's plantation in Jamaica. She doesn't know that her brothers intend to marry her off to a despicable Caribbean whom she has never met. In addition to this dreadful thought she is appalled by the condition of the slaves on her late father's plantation. Little did she realize that they were treated so inhumanely. Befriending Minerva, a slave girl close to her age, the two find they have much in common - primarily a desire to flee from the island. So, the two do run off and join the crew of a pirate ship. As one would expect life on a pirate ship is fraught with excitement; there's everything from mutiny to storms at sea to duels to harrowing escapes. While the story is suggested for 7 to 10 graders, adults will find themselves listening in, quickly absorbed by this thrilling story, and Ms. Wiltsie's evocative reading. - Gail Cooke