The Family Sea by Tanith Lee
No. 3: Being the Gallant Tale of a Fearless Heroine and a Fatal Secret (Piratica)

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Synopsis

Art Blastside in her third daring adventure upon the high seas. It's been eighteen months since Art's baby was born: a pretty child called Africa, with Felix's dark hair and Art's grey eyes. Now Art, who dreamed of being like her own loving, wonderful Ma, must face up to the fact that she has absolutely no warm feeling for her child. In fact - Art can't stand her! What's wrong with her? Beyond the family lies an unsettled world too. The French are still waging war, and England has fallen out of love with pirates. Piratomania has been suppressed by the government and Art and Felix are evicted from their cliff-top mansion. The return of Ebad and the new and improved Unwelcome Stranger prompts Art to regroup her ragtag crew and sail once again across the oceans, through wild weather, bizarre places and riotous sea battles, to return to the Treasured Isle and learn the ultimate true secret behind the treasure and the mystery of why Art can't love her child.
 

About Tanith Lee

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Tanith Lee is an award-winning, highly-rated fantasy writer here and in the United States. With 17 children's books, 43 adult novels, 8 short story collections and several awards to her name, she also writes for radio and television. Her book LAW OF THE WOLF TOWER was shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Book Award.
 
Published August 12, 2004 by Hodder Children's Books. 384 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction