April 10, 2011

Castaways of the Flying Dutchman by Brian Jacques

Title:  Castaways of the Flying Dutchman
Author:  Brian Jacques
Format:  HC
Pages:  326
Genre:  YA Fantasy
Publisher:  Philomel, 2001
ISBN-13:  978-0399236013
Series:  Castaways of the Flying Dutchman, Book 1

Favorite Quote:  "Leave this place, do not stay to watch your friends grow old and die one by one, while you are still young.  You must go!"

Synopsis (Amazon):  The Flying Dutchman! The legend of the wind-tattered ghost ship and its mad sea captain, cursed to sail the seas forever, has been passed down throughout the centuries. But what of the young boy and his dog who were trapped aboard that ship? What became of them?

Review:  I was so sad when I had heard that Brian Jacques passed away.  He's a favorite of mine, as far as children's fiction goes, and now I remember why.  While not as endearing as his Redwall series, the first book of this series is warm and loving, with a little suspense and some thrills thrown in.  There are puzzles to solve, some of which were more than I was capable of.

This book was just a little too sweet, actually, for my taste, but the background of Ben and Ned is original and the characters likable.  It was a fun, quick read, written by an author that will be missed.

Rating:  8 / 10

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