The Pirate Princess & The Golden Locket is a middle-grade story aimed at the lower MG reading levels; the story is a quick & simple read, but has an engaging plot with some great surprises thrown in.
I was sent this book in return for an honest review as part of a blog tour organised by Rachel’s Random Resources.
The first thrilling tale of adventure, friendship and discovery in the Pirate Princess series.
Meet Lotty, the brave, young orphan whose life is about to change forever.
When Lotty is cast out from the Sevenoaks home for children, she must use all her courage to navigate her new life. On her travels she meets Mr Jacks, a lovable and very cheeky dog who accompanies her on her adventures.
When they find themselves ship-wrecked, together, they encounter ruthless pirates, secret islands and discover the truth about Lotty’s golden locket and pirate treasure.
A story full of excitement and adventure, filled with friendship, humour and pirates!
Charlotte’s story starts off in an orphanage from the past, making this a historical read for young readers; when Charlotte turns 12 she is forced to leave the only home she’s ever really known, but little does she know that a grand adventure awaits her. With plot twists, well-chosen language & character personalities that leap off the page, The Princess Pirate & The Golden Locket is a great story for young readers after a bit of adventure.
As soon as I started reading this book I realised that this is one of those MG books that has a writing style aimed specifically at children, making it a book perfect for those just starting to read by themselves – there are some long words that they may need help with dotted throughout the story though. Nevertheless, the writing in the book is simple (although this doesn’t minimise the adventure) & when I read in the author’s note that Suzanne has two dyslexic daughters I wasn’t surprised at all.
The plot of the book changes paces a bit & I did feel the ending went a little fast, but despite this I did quite enjoy the story (as someone in their early 20s) & it worked as a nice chilled out read for me. I loved all the stereotypical behaviour & language that came from the pirates Charlotte encounters, & these details are sure to make little readers laugh. I also loved how well Charlotte’s personality came out of the pages, which is wholly down to the good writing style, & I don’t doubt that many children will consider Charlotte their new best friend. Plus, there is a humorous little dog called Mr Jacks involved in the story, who affects the plot just as much as the human characters in some places, which just adds to the fabulous-ness of the story.
The ending of The Golden Locket is totally cheesy & adorable, & sets out a good path for the rest of the series. I’m sure this lovely little book is only the start of some fantastic adventures.
If there’s a little one in your life that is pirate obsessed then I recommend this book completely – there’s no bad pirate behaviour for parents to worry about & there’s lots of potential for laughs;
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I was born in Perth Western Australia and as a young adult grew up in the small country town of Tom Price situated in the outback of Western Australia. Travelling extensively throughout Australia, I loved seeing the diverse landscapes and animals of the country. My current home is in Perth with my husband, two daughters and our cat Abby.
I have a Bachelor of Science Degree, majoring in Sports Science. My interests include watching movies, particularly sci- fi, travelling, photography and reading. I also enjoy going to the occasional comic book convention!
Like the young women in my stories, I have had the opportunity to experience many exciting adventures in my life so far including being part of the Australian Army Reserves, climbing to Mt Everest base camp, descending into one of the pyramids at Giza in Egypt, flying in a hot air balloon over the Valley of the Kings, parachuting from a plane at 12000 feet and sitting on the edge of an active volcano on Tanna island in Vanuatu.
My daughters have Dyslexia and I wrote my first book Seventeen as I wanted to encourage them to try things even if they found them difficult, such as writing. I am a member of the Society of children’s book writers and illustrators and the Australian Society of Authors.
The children’s pirate adventure story for middle grade readers, The Pirate Princess and the Golden Locket published by Silvergum Publishing, is the second book I have written. My first novel Seventeen, a YA dystopian adventure story was published in 2016 by Creativia Publishing.
Suzanne’s author website can be found here.