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The Dagger Quick

by Brian Eames

A rousing old-fashioned adventure, The Dagger Quick is the story of twelve-year-old Christopher, a boy with a clubfoot who is seemingly doomed to follow in the footsteps of his father as a cooper in seventeenth-century England. Yet, Christopher longs for more. But after his mother is kidnapped and his father is murdered--and Christopher is blamed for the crime--he has no choice but to set off on a dangerous seafaring voyage with bounty hunters on his trail and his only ally an uncle he hardly knows; an uncle who is an infamous pirate and the only man ever crazy enough to steal from the equally infamous Governor of Jamaica....

The Dagger X (The Dagger Chronicles #2)

by Brian Eames

Kitto's adventure continues in the suspenseful sequel to The Dagger Quick, which School Library Journal called a "quest perfect for landlubbers and pirate aficionados alike." On the high seas of the Caribbean in the 1600s, a twelve-year-old boy, Kitto, stands wrongly accused of his father's murder and is forced into adulthood too quickly as he tries to prove his innocence. After a brutal shark attack, Kitto must take refuge on a forsaken island that holds a store of valuable nutmeg, with its power to make men as rich as kings. When he encounters the notorious Alexandre Exquemelin, known as X, he discovers a dark secret about his own past and identity. Will the events of Kitto's past determine his fate, or will he have the courage to forge his own destiny? A tale of friends and fiends, good and evil, pirates and predators, and the thrill of the high seas, The Dagger X is an exciting adventure and classic story of the search for manhood and identity.

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