We Are Pirates

We Are Pirates

A Novel

Book - 2015
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Bestselling author Daniel Handler (a.k.a. Lemony Snicket) gives us his longest-awaited and most ambitious novel yet: a dark, rollicking, stunningly entertaining human comedy

A boat has gone missing. Goods have been stolen. There is blood in the water. It is the 21st century, and a crew of pirates is terrorizing the San Francisco Bay. Phil is a husband, a father, a struggling radio producer, and the owner of a large condo with a view of the water. But he'd like to be a rebel and a fortune hunter. Gwen is his daughter. She's fourteen. She's a student, a swimmer, and a best friend. But she'd like to be an adventurer and an outlaw. Phil teams up with his young, attractive assistant. They head for the open road, attending a conference to seal a deal for a new show. Meanwhile, Gwen teams up with a new, fierce friend and some restless souls. They head for the open sea, stealing a boat to hunt for treasure.

We Are Pirates is a novel about our desperate searches for happiness and freedom, about our wild journeys beyond the boundaries of our ordinary lives. Also, it's about a teenage girl who pulls together a ragtag crew to commit mayhem in the San Francisco Bay, while her hapless father tries to get her home.

Publisher: Toronto, Ont. : HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, c2015.
Edition: 1st Canadian ed.
ISBN: 9781443440950
Branch Call Number: HAN
Characteristics: 269 p. ; 24 cm.
Alternative Title: We're pirates


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Apr 27, 2015

A difficult read at the beginning. Once you get past 1/3 of the book and into the meat of the conflict, the action comes alive. The reader is then welcomed into the story.
This is a fun tale about a band of misfits (2 teenage girls, 1 teenage boy, an escaped senior citizen from an old folks’ home, and a home care worker) who want to live like pirates. They leave their lives to become pirates on the open sea. The open sea happens to be the Bay, but, at least they try.
This is such a simple, uncomplicated narrative that this book can be read in one sitting. Some authors include and fabricate so much subplot and unnecessary action into a tight story. Daniel Handler has mastered the art of creating fast-paced and exciting adventures for all children (and adults) to enjoy.
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alexica Mar 12, 2015

Although this book appeared to be well received, it did not engage my interest and I did not finish it.

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Apr 27, 2015

lisatofts thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 14 and 99


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