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The Dark Frigate

Charles Boardman Hawes


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Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (7/4/2000)
Hardcover (5/17/2005)
Paperback (10/1/1996)
Paperback (11/14/2019)
Hardcover (1/1/2020)
Paperback (5/16/2018)
Paperback (6/1/2010)
Audio Cassette (2/2/1999)


Get swept up in this historical Newbery Award winner about pirates and the open seas

Fans of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies and Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island will love this original, award-winning young adult story! In seventeenth-century London, Phil, a nineteen-year-old sailor, has been recently orphaned. After an accident involving a gun, Phil runs away, soon ending up on a sailing ship, Rose of Devon. Phil works his way up in the ranks aboard the ship, being promoted to boatswain after the original dies in an accident.

In the aftermath of a violent storm, Rose of Devon and its crew come across a wrecked ship, whose men seem friendly enough. But they soon take over the ship, killing the captain, and revealing themselves to be pirates. With the talk of gold and treasure, the original Rose of Devon crew willingly joins their number, all except Phil and his friend, Will, who unwillingly join life on the now pirate ship. After raiding a small island town, Will escapes, only be to captured by the pirates, tortured, and killed. Wanting revenge, Phil begins to plot his escape . . . will he make it out alive?

A tale of pirates, mutiny, justice, and swash-buckling adventure, The Dark Frigate will captivate any pirate story fan, young or old!

Racehorse for Young Readers, 9781631584855, 288pp.

Publication Date: January 5, 2021

About the Author

Charles Boardman Hawes was an American writer, who is best known for three historical novels. His works centered around the sea. He was the first U.S.-born winner of the annual Newbery Medal, recognizing his third novel The Dark Frigate (1923) as the year's best American children's book. Suddenly at age 34, he died after only two of his five books had been published.