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Pyrate’s Boy

E. B. Colin


Range: Kelpies Paperback 272 pages 198 x 130 mm ISBN: 9781782500131 Publication date: 19th September 2013
Genres: Adventure and Thriller, Historical Ideal for ages: 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12

My name is Silas Orr. I’ve been called many things in my life: slave, brother, runaway. But on board the Tenacity I’m just a ‘boy’: the pyrate’s boy.

Found shipwrecked by the crew of the feared pyrate ship Tenacity, Silas is given a choice:

x Take his chances in a row boat on the open water; or
x Swear to the pyrate’s code and become cabin boy for Captain Jon Harkin, the infamous pyrate Black Johnnie.

But life on the high seas isn’t easy and when the pyrates discover a mysterious box attached to a human buoy, they begin the fight of their lives. Their adventures take Silas from Jamaica to Glasgow, on a dangerous journey of thievery, cannon fire and kidnap. What secrets will be revealed there?


'This is a terrific swashbuckling adventure which combines a vivid sense of place with page-turning urgency and a roster of charismatic characters, particularly the pyrates. This is quite simply a novel of most excellent storytelling, transporting the reader across oceans and back in time at pace which never flags and always surprises.'
-- Catherine Forde, author of Sugarcoated and Fatboy Swim

'[T]his swashbuckling adventure...l offers a story of interesting characters, darkest villains and a rattling good pace that keeps the surprises coming thick and fast... Its plot, pace and characters make this story live and brings new impetus to an old genre. Recommended.'
-- Armadillo

'Blackmail, mutiny and an erupting volcano all contribute to the page-turner, but it is the bond between the captain and Silas that makes this story a page-earner. An exciting adventure with a tender heart.'
-- Kirkus

Pyrate's Boy


E. B. Colin (1963-2019) was a journalist and lecturer in Creative Writing at Strathclyde University. She wrote novels and short stories for children and adults, and BBC radio plays. Her work was shortlisted for a British Book Award, a Saltire Award and a Scottish Arts…

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