By Laurie Lawlor
Simon & Schuster, 2005. 259 pgs. Young Adult
Emmet, an orphan with no options but be turned out into the street, is rescued by his distant cousin, the famous Captain Francis Drake, who hires him on as a cabin boy on his ship, The Pelican. What at first Emmet thought was salvation might become his death as they battle the sea, starvation, weather, greed, pirates and mutiny as they try to reach Cape Horn.
Not quite as good as Ian Lawrence’s The Wreckers, but still an enjoyable pirate adventure that showed what life was like on a ship and the dangers it entails.