Reviewed by Ann Neville for Readers' Favorite
Jack Ferrington and the School For Swabbies by Clint Perry is the place to go if you want to learn to be a pirate. Jack has had his fill of elementary school and is ready to move on to Moray Middle, a Pirate School. Here he hopes his dreams of cannons, parlay, treasure hunting, sword fights and more will become reality. And they do - though in completely unexpected ways that test Jack's leadership skills and the loyalty of his mates, Finn, Tom and Macy. The instructors are real pirates with strict rules. Unfortunately, because Jack seems to have an uncanny ability to find danger around every corner, he needs to find ways for him and his mates to circumvent these rules. But will these same mates stand with him when they have to face the consequences of his actions?
Following Jack through his first day at the School For Swabbies leads the reader on a wonderful adventure full of both suspense and humor. I thoroughly enjoyed the way in which the author, Clint Perry, uses authentic pirate terms throughout the dialogue, and connects everyday actions to pirate vernacular - very cleverly done. The setting of the school on a real pirate ship adds another dimension to an already intriguing story. Another bonus is the website associated with Jack Ferrington and the School For Swabbies, where the reader can enroll for classes, choose a favorite area of study, and get a personalized Certificate of Enrollment! Arrgh, I recommend Jack Ferrington and the School For Swabbies wholeheartedly.