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A swashbuckling adventure with pirates, treasure and the Spanish Inquisition, that is already a bestseller internationally.
Bjarne Reuter grew up in Copenhagen, which is the setting of many of the author's books. He wrote his first book, Kidnapping, while studying at teachers' college and by the time he turned thirty, he could retire from teaching and devote himself to writing. Today, with more than 60 works to his credit, he is Denmark's most widely read author.
Gr 6-10-Fact blends well with fiction in a 1600s action-packed, high-seas adventure complete with swashbuckling pirates, slave trading, and shipwrecks. Tom O'Connor, 14, is the unlikely hero, a street-smart and fatherless boy who lives on the Caribbean island of Nevis and is told by a fortune teller that he has "blue blood, springwater and a raging pirate all mixed up inside." In a plot that twists and turns, Tom rescues a Spaniard named Ramon and his slave, Boto, from a shipwreck, only to be told that the slave is the son of a wealthy African king. A plan to return the lad to the Bissagos Islands for a reward sets the trio out from Nevis to the dangerous city of Port Royal, Jamaica where they become separated. Tom's capricious nature and prowess as a liar often springs him from the grasp of dangerous pirates and evil landowners that plague his misguided quest. His time spent as an indentured servant on a vividly described plantation changes Tom's views about slavery and the moral compass of the story. His escape to a pirate ship finds him at the mercy of a cutthroat captain and mutinous crew and is wonderfully colorful, and at times gruesome, rivaling any classic tale. All's well that ends well when Tom and Boto reunite as friends.-Vicki Reutter, Cazenovia High School, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Danish writer Reuter (The Boys from St. Petri) dishes up a heaping portion of swashbuckling adventure in this 17th-century epic. Tom O'Connor, a half-British, half-Irish 14-year-old, helps his mother, a servant at an inn on the Caribbean island of Nevis. An opening scene will pique the audience's interest with its colorful portrayal of a palm reading, wherein a disreputable fortuneteller finds in Tom a paradoxical blend of nobility, purity and villainy. He has big dreams of making a fortune by capturing an enslaved prince and releasing him to his father, an African chief. First, however, Tom has to find the prince. Bidding his mother and half-sister goodbye, the young protagonist embarks on a quest, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. As he journeys through the Caribbean Islands on land and by sea, Tom finds treachery, trickery, love and compassion in the most unexpected places. His courage and resourcefulness are tested time and again as he takes on jobs as a blacksmith's assistant, an overseer at a sugar plantation and a crewmember of a Spanish galleon. Tom emerges as a boy of many contradictions, threatening murder and saving lives in practically the same breath. Readers will stay on the edge of their seats waiting to find out what path he will choose, and if he ends up a ruthless pirate or celebrated hero. Following the author's meticulously plotted story line is sheer delight. Ages 12-up. (Jan.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
"Praise for The Ring of the Slave Prince in the USA:'Readers will
stay on the edge of their seats ... A sheer delight.'" *
Publisher's Weekly *
"This is a big book in every sense (including the unusually large format) and will attract readers of 10+ looking for pace, plot, humour and a central character who is a thoroughly engaging companion." -- Gillian Lathey * The School Librarian *
"This is an unusual, intriguing and interesting read, packed with adventures, morals and vibrant characters. It is an excellent read and well worth its cover price." -- Val Loh * Historical Novels Review *