The Dagger Quick by Brian Eames

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It’s the pirate’s life for Kitto in this “exciting and richly detailed historical swashbuckler” (Publishers Weekly).

Twelve-year-old Christopher, aka Kitto, is seemingly doomed to follow in the footsteps of his father as a barrel-maker in seventeenth-century England, especially because of his clubfoot. Yet Kitto longs for more. And after his father is murdered and his stepmother and brother are kidnapped, he has no choice but to set off on a dangerous seafaring voyage with bounty hunters on his trail and his sole ally an uncle he hardly knows; an uncle who is an infamous pirate and the only man ever crazy enough to steal from the equally infamous Governor of Jamaica…

A lively narrative School Library Journal calls “fast-paced, well-developed, and historically accurate…this coming-of-age quest is perfect for landlubbers and pirate aficionados alike.”

About Brian Eames

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Brian Eames has taught for fifteen years at the Paideia School, a K–12 independent school in Atlanta. He read his first novel, The Dagger Quick, out loud to his class as he wrote it. He lives with his wife and children in Atlanta. Visit him at
Published May 10, 2011 by Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books. 352 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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The characters are not so much developed as moved like chess pieces: hidden treasure, scary tattoos, a treacherous friend with a pet monkey, a rescued slave, a climactic ship-to-ship battle with circling sharks.

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Joining William's crew, Kitto must adapt quickly in order to rescue his family, avenge his father, and survive life at sea.

Apr 04 2011 | Read Full Review of The Dagger Quick

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