Thursday, February 27, 2014

Read-Aloud Thursday: Missee Lee by Arthur Ransome

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Missee Lee - Exodus Books  

Book Description:
The original cast of the famed Swallows and Amazons series is sailing under the stars and the command of Captain Flint in the South China Sea when Gibbet, their pet monkey, grabs the captain's cigar and drops it in the fuel tank. In minutes, the ship is ablaze (and doomed), and our seven luckless protagonists are adrift in two small boats. They make their way to land, only to find themselves the captives of one of the last remaining pirates operating off the China Coast. But Missee Lee, as it turns out, is no ordinary pirate; her father had sent her off to Cambridge University to prepare her for a life as a teacher. But when her father takes ill and dies, she finds herself struggling to hold together the Three Island Confederation (Tiger, Turtle, and Dragon) he had created, and to be recognized as his legitimate heir and ruler of the Island Kingdom.

My thoughts:
Missee Lee by Arthur Ransome is the 10th book in the Swallows & Amazons Series and boy, it didn't disappoint. It started right off with their ship, Wild Cat, going down and eventually being captured by Chinese pirates.

Chopping off heads was the usual treatment of the Three Island Confederation, but their lives are saved when Roger finds her Latin Dictionary and writes a translation in it. Missee Lee steps in and claims them for herself to be her students. Thus begins an adventure as they all including Captain Flint have to become model students and learn Latin, with Roger as the model student much to the chagrin of everyone else.

Unrest pervades between the other Confederation leaders against Missee Lee until she must decide what to do. Between much suspense and a few surprises they finally make their escape.

My kids absolutely loved this story. It started off with a bang and just kept on going until we were all hanging on to the edge of our seat. Ransome again displays his excellent story telling abilities. Highly recommended!!

Oh-no! I just realized after writing this review we skipped a book. Well, actually I think my kid's plotted against me and jumped ahead since they have been dying to read this story. Thankfully, most of these stories don't have to be read in order. Coming up next will be Book 9 - Big Six

Read my other reviews from the Swallows and Amazons series:

  • Swallows and Amazons
  • Swallowdale
  • Peter Duck
  • Winter Holiday
  • Coot Club
  • Pigeon Post
  • We Didn't Mean to Go to Sea
  • Secret Water 

  • See what others are reading aloud over at Hope is the Word


    1. How funny that you skipped a book! :-) This one does sound like a winner. I'm so glad you linked up!

    2. Beth,

      I came across your blog while doing some research on bloggers who might be interested in reviewing a new title by Dannah Gresh and Dr. Juli Slattery. They have co-authored a book called Pulling Back the Shades (releasing March 1 from Moody Publishers), that exposes the dangers of erotica for both single and married women.

      Dr. Slattery and Gresh examine erotica from a spiritual and sexual standpoint, providing Biblical teaching, personal stories and testimonies from those affected by erotica to help women navigate this uncharted territory and discover how to embrace their sexuality and spirituality. While the Bible is clear on topics such as adultery and incest, Slattery and Gresh point out where even God is “grey” on sexual matters.

      Would you be interested in reading and reviewing this title for us? We're looking for reviews to post during the month of March, and would be happy to provide an extra copy if you'd be interested in hosting a giveaway.

      I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks!
      Icon Media Group



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