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. Volume XX Number 6. . . .October 11, 2013
Jacob and Charlotte are planning a day of adventure on Pirate Island with their grandpa and his boat, The Seawind. This brother and sister love to explore and tell stories, and both siblings have a vivid imagination as they search for pirate treasure; however, just because Charlotte and Jacob like similar things, does not mean they always get along. Charlotte is reluctant to share the treasure she finds with Jacob, and he is losing patience with his sister. When Charlotte crosses a line, will Jacob be able to forgive her?
Part of the “Orca Echoes” series, Pirate Island Treasure has a linear plot with predictable and repetitive action. Helmer writes the relationship between Jacob and Charlotte with attention to the complexity of sibling rivalry; discussing jealousy, sharing, competition, promises and guilt. Pirate Island Treasure is useful as a story for character education, Helmer ensures that the children solve their own problems with little to no interference from their grandpa. New readers will enjoy the adventurous spirit of the characters, and more experienced readers will enjoy predicting what may happen next on Pirate Island.
Kate Hachborn is a library technician at the W. Ross Macdonald School in Brantford, ON.
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