Pirates: The Ring of Hope

Pirates: The Ring of Hope
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10+
Release Date
December 05, 2011
ISBN
978-0615537436
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A mysterious bottle with a deadly message is at the center of this pirate story that finds the crew of the Rising Sea unknowingly in grave danger. The evil Captain Darfous Warner has his sights set on The Ring of Hope and he will stop at nothing until he gets what he wants. Twelve year old Peter Nichols steps out of the modern world and right into the middle of this pirate mystery that has him struggling with right and wrong, good and evil and the meaning of friendship and family. After a week filled with strange dreams, missing friends and menacing pirates, Peter’s struggle to do the right thing comes to a head as he puts not only himself but his best friend in danger of becoming casualties of Captain Warner’s deadly plot. “The Ring of Hope” is an adventure story that weaves the legend about a mystical gold ring into a story about the good guys versus the bad guys. It is amusing, touching and filled with twists and turns to keep you guessing from beginning to end. This pirate mystery will capture the minds of kids and adults alike.

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Kirkus Reviews: Pirates: The Ring of Hope ...[A] spirited swashbuckling tale of mystery and magic.
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Pirates: The Ring of Hope
10 To 2 Children's Books
$10.99 paperback / Kindle $3.99
Dec. 5, 2011
ISBN 978-0615537436
Chapter book readers 10 & up

Cobb’s 14th book comes complete with pirates, mysterious messages and a magic ring.
While the highly coveted Ring of Hope has extraordinary powers (it can immediately transport its owner out of harm’s way if there’s imminent danger), it also imposes a tremendous burden because not only does the owner become a target of covetous bad guys, but so does his or her family. But the ring itself decides who can work its magic and it will only bond with someone it deems “worthy.” When Ardin Delham, the ring’s last owner, dies, his wife passes the ring on to Paul, the younger and kinder-hearted of her two sons, because unlike her eldest, Charles, she feels Paul can “handle the power and responsibility.” Fast-forward to Capt. Darfous Warner, who hires the dubious and sure-footed Antonio Trovol to deliver a bottle containing a secret message to Capt. Paul Delham. Antonio in turn hires his goofy nephew Marcus to help him with the job. Next up we meet Peter, a young boy who has a talking pet monkey named Monk and lives a double life; a quiet one with his family and the other life as second mate for Capt. Paul in a world with both good and evil pirates. As the story quickly bounces along, it also grows increasingly complex as more characters are introduced into the myriad of plots and subplots and more mysterious messages are added to the mix. Some younger readers will most likely find the story, with its ancillary characters, secret identities and story-within-a-story format, too complicated to hold their attention, but the book’s slapstick appeal might provide some compensation for the confusion. The characters are rich and beautifully rendered, and the story is sprinkled with humor. One character is a retired pirate ship surgeon who makes his living designing and making women’s shoes. Much of the dialogue—especially between Peter and Monk and Antonio and Marcus—is delightfully silly. Charming, simple black-and-white line drawings head up each chapter.
Complicated hijinks don’t sink this spirited swashbuckling tale of mystery and magic.
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“Cobb’s 14th book comes complete with pirates, mysterious messages and a magic ring. . . . The characters are rich and beautifully rendered, and the story is sprinkled with humor. . . . Much of the dialogue ? especially between Peter and Monk and Antonio and Marcus ? is delightfully silly. . . . [A] spirited swashbuckling tale of mystery and magic.”
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