The High Skies Adventures of Blue Jay the Pirate (Hardcover)
Candlewick Press (MA), 9780763632649, 355pp.
Publication Date: September 25, 2012
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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.
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Praise For The High Skies Adventures of Blue Jay the Pirate…
Renowned illustrator Scott Nash’s first novel features a tale of animals that succeeds in being both an original and a page-turner. The main characters are well developed, and the world in which they dwell is fantasy as its best. Nash vividly illustrates many of the characters and the action, which adds to the quality of the book. Fans of Brian Jacques’ Redwall series will love this story.
Referencing Robert Louis Stevenson and hearkening back to classic animal adventures of yore, this has the tone and style to appeal to thoughtful young readers; a coming-of-age element to gratify older ones; and drama, battles, and triumphs to entice the rest.
A beautifully illustrated novel for readers ages 9 to 12 who relish scenes of stealth and swashbuckling.
—Wall Street Journal