From Charles Towne, Carolina Territory, in 1712, thirteen-year-old Jameson Cooper, orphaned and indigent, is abducted by privateers working for Queen Anne, but proves himself worthy to be called a royal sailor through his writing and drawing skills, as well as his hard work and courage.
The cover and book description didn’t quite prepare me for the kind of book this is, so I let it sit on my TBR shelf a little longer than I would have had I known more what to expect. From this type of cover, I expected the voice of the novel to skew much younger than it actually does. And at a glance, it struck me as more of an educational, dry kind of historical fiction. I’m happy to say I was quite wrong but I do wish this book had a more exciting cover to really convey the story and genre more clearly to casual browsers.
Readers of all ages will enjoy this classic adventure tale set in the New World and the excitement of the Age of Exploration. Young Jameson has lived most of his twelve years in Charles Towne of the Carolina territory. Proud of his father’s trade as a printer, he fully expects to take over his father’s thriving business one day. Tragically, Jameson loses his family to illness and is left without means. After a series of terrible events leaves him among the most wretched of Charles Towne, Jameson finds himself on a ship sailing for Florida. To save himself, he must convince the men aboard Destiny that he is sixteen years old and can do the job of a full grown man. Captain Jack gives him the chance to prove himself Jameson rises to the challenge.
A realistic and historically accurate adventure, readers will enjoy a main character they can both identify with and aspire to be. Verrico offers up exciting descriptions of life aboard a British ship in her Majesty’s service, allowing her readers to experience battles at sea, frightening storms, secret islands, and concealed caves. An excellent book for young readers or for reading as a family. Children and parents alike will fall in love with Jameson’s story and they'll be begging the author for a sequel.