The Cape Cod Witch and the Legend of the Pirate; Book II by J. Bean Palmer, illustrated by Melanie Therrien. 161 pages with ten color and five black and white original illustrations.
While on an innocent field trip to Boston’s historic Freedom Trail, ElsBeth Amelia Thistle, the littlest witch on Cape Cod, becomes entangled in a fateful kidnapping, and the action soon moves to the treacherous waters of Massachusetts Bay and finally to the old whaling port of Nantucket. With the help of a pirate captain ghost and several magical animal friends, ElsBeth and her classmates attempt to rescue a young Arabian prince in this daring sea adventure. And along the way they discover the most important lesson of all - the true meaning of the Legend of the Pirate.
This is a story about Cape Cod, a witch, magical animals, ghosty things (friendly and not too scary!), pirates (but not too scary!), original color art work, and a heroine who understands that sometimes ghosts, like people, have troubles. And sometimes they need help, too. And in her adventures, the littlest witch of Cape Cod seems called to do just that.
The book makes reading fun and entices young readers with colorful illustrations, a great adventure and a bit of magic. For ages 8-12.
"...a sure bet for young readers who might occasionally prefer to imbibe their Harry Potter-style adventures closer to home." - Vineyard Gazette