Lintang and the Pirate Queen – Tamara Moss

Lintang and the Pirate Queen – Tamara Moss, Clarion Books, (9781328460301), 2019

Format:  Hardcover

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4

What did you like about the book?  Lintang, an island girl who longs for travel and adventure, gets her chance when a pirate queen visits the village.  Lintang and her best friend Bayani, who loves reading about mythological creatures and monsters called “mythies,” discover that a dangerous Night Terror is on the island.  The famous pirate, Captain Shafira, witnesses Lintang warding off the Night Terror with quick thinking and bravery. In exchange for ridding the island of the monster, Captain Shafira and her band of female pirates need an island child in order to get past the island’s sea guardian.  Soon Lintang is happily setting sail and saying goodbye to her family and friends. She discovers that Bayani is stowed away and is hiding a huge secret that will impact the whole world. Filled with action and adventure, magic and danger, their friendship will be put to the test. The chapters are interspersed with pages from Bayani’s  “The Mythie Guidebook” that describe the many creatures that inhabit this island world from Fey to Sea Serpents. Fans will hope for more adventures to come.

Anything you didn’t like about it?    No

To whom would you recommend this book?   Share this with readers who enjoy books based in mythology such as those by Rick Riordan.  Readers who love Caroline Carlson’s Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates series will also enjoy these strong female pirates.  Hand this to readers who love adventure, mythical creatures and strong female protagonists.  

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary and middle school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Fiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?   No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 2/12/20           


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