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Title: The Wreck of the Gladys B.
Approximately 84,000 words.
Genre: Middle school/Young adult
Synopsis: Chrissie Warren is a shy girl who isn't sure where she fits in Virginia in 1718. When her father fails to return home after a long sea voyage, the girl learns his ship, the Gladys B.
, has been taken by pirates. Most of her neighbors believe he has been killed by or joined the captors. Chrissie believes he's a prisoner of the pirates and that she has to rescue him.
Disguised as a boy, she signs onto a Caribbean-bound ship to find him. Her shipmates include Charlie Stickle, a rough old salt who mentors the new sailor without guessing she’s a girl, and Jack Farmer, a young man who seems much too learned to be a common tar. In the Caribbean, she undergoes pirate attacks, storms at sea, close calls with the navy press gang and run-ins with dockside lowlifes, and adversity reveals the strength within her to follow her plan.
With Charlie and Jack, plus Nathan, an ancient Caribbean fisherman who befriends them, she tracks the pirates to their lair. There she meets the pirate captain, Davy Leech, and it becomes personal. Chrissie has to go face-to-face with the pirate on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean—and only one of them can survive!
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