The High Skies Adventures of Blue Jay the Pirate

By Scott Nash; Scott Nash (Illustrator)
(Candlewick Press (MA), Hardcover, 9780763632649, 355pp.)

Publication Date: September 25, 2012

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the Fall '12 Kids List
“Join the crew of the pirate ship, Grosbeak, led by Blue Jay, their captain, as they sail through the sky. In the intricate and fascinating world that Nash has created, the pirates aboard the Grosbeak are all birds! In a story brimming with intrigue, suspense, and the perfect dash of humor, unforgettable characters abound. Hillary, a star-nosed mole; Henry, a brave sparrow; and Teach, the leader of a gang of treacherous crows will all come to play a part in the lives of Blue Jay and his crew. Beautifully detailed illustrations throughout the book make what is already an outstanding story a real treasure.”
-- Joyce Tiber, Next Chapter Bookshop, Mequon, WI


Description

Hoist the Jolly Robin! Fly with a swashbuckling crew as they soar through the air — and evade danger on the ground — in search of treasure and lofty adventure.

Captain Blue Jay, notorious and feared pirate of the skies, has a fondness for collecting treasure, especially eggs. Unfortunately, sometimes his treasure hatches, and this time the hatchling is the strangest one the Grosbeak has ever seen. No sailor is certain whether the chick is a young god or just an oversized bird who needs too much food, but one thing is clear: the winds over Thrushland are shifting, and dramatic changes are in store for all. Whether outwitting a gang of thieving crows, outrunning murderous fishers and weasels, or rallying Briarloch’s beleaguered sparrows, this motley crew must do all they can to stay together and stay alive. And that’s just the tip of the bird’s feather! Offering a bounty of illustrations and a host of memorable characters — from an endearing star-nosed mole to an unlikely little warrior with a vendetta — here is a treasure for anyone who has ever wanted to take to the skies and see where fortune blows.




About the Author


Scott Nash has illustrated many books for children, including Betsy Who Cried Wolf! by Gail Carson Levine, Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp by Carol Diggory Shields, Over the Moon by Rachel Vail, and Oh, Tucker! by Steven Kroll. He lives with his wife, Nancy, and their dog, Zephyr, in Peaks Island, Maine.
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