The Pirates of Turtle Rock

The Pirates of Turtle Rock

 
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The Pirates of Turtle Rock
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10+
Release Date
April 28, 2008
ISBN
0618987932
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Turtle Rock is where sixteen-year-old Jenny Snow goes to sit and listen to her iPod and think about the tedium that is her life. Although she is by nature a steady, responsible sort of person, Jenny longs for adventure, even danger. Little does she know, danger and adventure lie right under her nose—quite literally. Having spotted her sunning on Turtle Rock, a young seventh-generation pirate named Coop DeVille has swum all the way from his ship to make her acquaintance. Of course, she is too consumed by her own boredom to notice him clinging to the rock below, but a pirate is not easily deterred, which is only one of the many things Jenny soon discovers. Like the ancient map Coop DeVille keeps taped to his stomach, the adventure of Jenny’s life finally begins to unfold—and as it does, even the rock she sits on nearly becomes her undoing in this rollicking tale of piracy, peril, lost treasure, and newfound love—as only Richard Jennings could imagine it.

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The Pirates of Turtle Rock is a humorous story about an eighteen-year-old pirate captain named Coop DeVille who arrives in Florida and sets his sights on a seemingly ordinary sixteen-year-old girl. Jenny Snow, bored with her life, her town, and her hair, is anxious for adventure and searching for identity. After a few back-and-forth verbal parries and parrot-nappings, the adversaries become friends. Together - along with her forgetful, odd great uncle and Coop's loyal crew - they attempt to understand an old map and search for lost treasure.

Though it was funny here and there, I felt as though the story could have been fleshed in many places. Not everything was explained; not everything was completely believable. However, if this is absurdist fiction, I suppose that suspension of belief comes with the territory.

The Pirates of Turtle Rock was originally published in weekly installments in Star Magazine. This is the first time the story has been published in one whole volume, with revisions and additions not found the first time around.

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