Knopf Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780375855986, 336pp.
Publication Date: November 10, 2009
One can’t just give up an imaginary pirate without seriously weird consequences.
In Book One of this two-part story, an endearing misfit embarks on an amazing adventure in search of his friend Scurvy Goonda, an outrageous invisible pirate with an insatiable love for bacon.
Part friendship story, part madcap adventure, readers who love stories in which almost-ordinary kids travel to fantastical lands and become heroes will revel in the imaginative landscape and characters featured in this original debut. While adventure-loving vegetarians will find much to savor, this is a must-read for all who love bacon—which plays a key role in the story’s sizzling climax!
Review, Booklist, October 1, 2009:
"The author’s experience with role-playing games is evident in both the characterizations and frenetic action...This easily stands alone and will be enjoyed by middle-school readers experienced with suspension of disbelief.”
Review, Publishers Weekly, November 9, 2009:
"McCoy provides heaps of surreal humor, from wildly original companions with bizarre quirks to Ted’s own family...The trope of imaginary friends who actually exist is well-worn, but McCoy breathes new life into it with his charming writing style and characters....Satisfying.”