On November 9, 1716, at the tender age of nine, John King became the youngest pirate in history. His mother tried to convince him that a pirate’s life was not for him. But the young boy travelling onboard the Bonetta, captured by the pirate captain Black Sam Bellamy, could only see the flutter of the Jolly Roger and the exciting lives of the men who lived by the pirate’s code.
Do you remember the days when we were kids and we had wild dreams? We all wanted to be astronauts or princesses or pirates. In this book, a young boy actually achieves his dream of being a pirate. Since this book is based on a true story, obviously there were a lot of assumptions that needed to be made and I found some of them to be kind of strange.
John’s relationship with his overbearing mother was really hard to read. She came across as a cruel shrew, which seemed like a really harsh portrayal of a mother who was only trying to do what was right for her child. No parent would let their kid be a pirate, but she was so unlikeable that I wanted him to escape her and join the pirates. In fact, all of the secondary characters were one dimensional and it felt like we didn’t get to know any of them
I know this is only Book One in the series, but the book fell short. It was superficial and I didn’t connect to any of the characters. The one thing I can genuinely say is that the language and thought process of John was completely right for a nine year old boy, which is refreshing since most authors have trouble writing the characters of young children.
This wasn’t a very good children’s novel and though the pacing was decent, I think there needs to be a lot more character development and action in order to attract younger audiences.