The Pirate Princess and the Golden Locket
Written by Suzanne Lowe
Published by Silvergum Publishing
Publication date: 1st October 2018
Summary (from Goodreads):
The first thrilling tale of adventure, friendship and discovery in the Pirate Princess series.
Meet Lotty, the brave, young orphan whose life is about to change forever.
When Lotty is cast out from the Sevenoaks home for children, she must use all her courage to navigate her new life. On her travels she meets Mr Jacks, a little dog with attitude who accompanies her on her adventures.
When they find themselves ship-wrecked, together, they encounter ruthless pirates, secret islands and discover the truth about Lotty’s golden locket and pirate treasure.
A story full of excitement and adventure, filled with friendship, humour and pirates!
“An adventurous tale with surprises that will have you on the edge of your seat. Lotty and her band of friends will inspire the imagination, ignite your sense of adventure and keep you laughing.”
My name is Charlotte and I’m an orphan. I live in a dark, musty dump of a place called Sevenoaks Home For Children. Not much of a home if you ask me. There’s nothing ‘homey’ about it what-so-ever. I’ll give you a few examples. First off, we have to share beds. Not a room, that would be okay. I mean actual beds. I share a bed with three other girls.
Every day, instead of going to school, we are put to work cleaning, sewing, or weeding the garden for most of the daylight hours and get fed limp old vegetables and stale bread for our efforts. Not my idea of home. I bet you don’t have to share a bed or get fed stale food in your home, do you?
First impressions: I wanted to read this as soon as I read the summary! I loved the Hetty Feather books and The Song of the Lioness Quartet as a child and continue to enjoy books where the main character has amazing adventures, getting by on their wits and making their way in the world. (More recent examples include The Eye of the North, The Polar Bear Explorer’s Club, The Last Duchess and The Company of Eight)
The story starts by giving us a quick introduction to Lotty’s life of drudgery in the Sevenoaks Children’s Home, a place little better than a workhouse. Then, in a matter of hours, her life changes completely as she is whisked away to become a lady’s maid on a ship traveling across the ocean.
Suddenly, she is getting the chance to see the world that she always knew existed, but had never been able to venture into. Things aren’t perfect, as she is still a servant and restricted by societal norms, but she has more freedom and kindness than she has ever had before.
I liked watching her character develop throughout the story, particularly as she faces challenges and some of the mystery surrounding her past begins to be revealed.
This is a strong opener to a series which is sure to be popular with anyone who enjoys an adventure!
That evening I lay in my hammock and tried to sleep. Even after all my exploring aboard the ship I wasn’t tired. Instead, I lay awake and listened to the sounds of the people talking and sleeping around me. I thought about all that had happened to me in the last few days and couldn’t quite believe it. Only a short while ago I had been at Sevenoaks, doing the same things I had done for the last ten years and now, I was her on a ship, sailing out to a foreign land with strangers! It seemed like I was in a dream.
What I liked: Lotty’s wonder at seeing the world, after growing up in the orphanage, Mr Jacks as the mischievous dog,
Even better if: I wish that we had had a little more time to get to know Lotty’s life in the orphanage before she left, as this would have made her parting more emotional.
How you could use it in your classroom: This could be recommended to any readers aged 7+ who enjoy an adventure, particularly if they have enjoyed similar stories of a girl finding her way in the world based on her own wits and ingenuity, such as Hetty Feather or The Last Duchess. The short chapters make this very readable.
About the Author
I was born in Perth Western Australia and as a young adult grew up in the small country town of Tom Price situated in the outback of Western Australia. Travelling extensively throughout Australia, I loved seeing the diverse landscapes and animals of the country. My current home is in Perth with my husband, two daughters and our cat Abby.
I have a Bachelor of Science Degree, majoring in Sports Science. My interests include watching movies, particularly sci- fi, travelling, photography and reading. I also enjoy going to the occasional comic book convention!
Like the young women in my stories, I have had the opportunity to experience many exciting adventures in my life so far including being part of the Australian Army Reserves, climbing to Mt Everest base camp, descending into one of the pyramids at Giza in Egypt, flying in a hot air balloon over the Valley of the Kings, parachuting from a plane at 12000 feet and sitting on the edge of an active volcano on Tanna island in Vanuatu.
My daughters have Dyslexia and I wrote my first book Seventeen as I wanted to encourage them to try things even if they found them difficult, such as writing. I am a member of the Society of children’s book writers and illustrators and the Australian Society of Authors.
The children’s pirate adventure story for middle grade readers, The Pirate Princess and the Golden Locket published by Silvergum Publishing, is the second book I have written. My first novel Seventeen, a YA dystopian adventure story was published in 2016 by Creativia Publishing.
My author website is www.Suzanneloweauthor.com
My facebook page www.facebook.com/suzanneloweauthor/
My Instagram Page www.instagram.com/seventeentheseries/
(Thank you to Suzanne Lowe and Rachel’s Random Resources for my e-ARC)
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