USA Writers and Canadian Illustrator
James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein
Illustrated by Juliana Neufeld
Random House 2013 $22.99pb 451pp
ISBN 978 0 0995 6759 2
Themes: Adventure stories/ Pirates/ Sea stories/ Shipwrecks/ Survival skills
Although they are used to the sea and everything it can throw at them the Kidd children are not prepared for what happens when their parents who have home schooled them to do without iPads, iPhones, iPods and any sort of pizza, vanish – apparently overboard. This is the beginning of a series, which, if this first book is a sample, promises to be full of action, adventure, cryptic clues and a great deal of humour. James Patterson is the creator of The Middle School series. The plentiful illustrations absolutely match the whole tone of the story. A great holiday read – and a good read-aloud when the children go back to school.
Year 5 up/ Age 9 up