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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....
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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