Thursday, February 21, 2008

The Dark Frigate

Finished The Dark Frigate by Charles Boardman Hawes. It won the Newbery Medal in 1924. An exciting adventure story with plenty of well drawn characters and suspense. The first half of the book reminded me quite a lot of Robert Lewis Stevenson's Kidnapped. The violence is a bit surprising, but I guess that's to be expected when a ship is "captured by a band of murderous pirates!" as it says on the front cover. The book ends with hints of more adventures to come. However, Hawes died before he even received the medal for this book. His book The Great Quest won the Newbery Honor in 1922, the first year the medals were awarded.

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