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Aug 26 2014

Benji the Buccaneer by Craig Cormick

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Little Rockets series. New Frontier Publishing, 2014. ISBN 9781925059052.
(Age: 7+) Everyone is fascinated by pirates and so is our main character, Benji. While waiting for the school bus, Benji is given the chance to take a different bus, a bus with a variety of characters and the chance to be a pirate for a day. Using ideas from books on the bus, Benji becomes captain and the bus becomes the pirate ship. Benji is a Buccaneer is a fantasy story where the impossible seems to come true. It is part of the Little Rockets reading series and is aimed at readers aged 7+.
The adventure begins as a cannon ball is fired but does Benji have the experience to save his crew? When they find a treasure map where X marks the spot, does it really mark the spot to fid lost treasure? Is Benji really cut out to be a pirate captain or should he just stick to using is imagination?
I would recommend it to independent readers who are moving from regular classroom readers to short novels. The story is quick moving so will appeal to younger readers but it would also be good for parents to read out loud with their child.
Kylie Kempster

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