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Reviewed by Nino Lobiladze for Readers' Favorite
Polly Peterson, or Pollywog, and her best friends, Joey and Henry, discover a great mystery in Cape Doom. The friends were spending their summer with Polly's Uncle Ben and Aunt Milly in this cozy little seaside town. They met a kid of their own age named Hudson, always accompanied by an English bulldog, Molly. Uncle Ben told Polly, Henry, and Joey the story of Captain Fear, once a horrendous pirate and a fierce protector of Cape Doom after meeting the beautiful Lilly Bell. The legend says that his ship is still on guard, especially during foggy nights. Is it a coincidence that Polly sees a distant flag with a skull and cross bones on the sea? And why does their new friend, Hudson, have the same surname as Lilly? What other secrets does Cape Doom hide? Legend of Captain Fear: The Pollywog Adventures by Jill Thomas, the second book in a series, is a compelling read for children from six to twelve years and readers who enjoy an engaging mystery entwined with a breathtaking adventure.
Legend of Captain Fear is a children's book, but it kept me on the edge of my seat during many thrilling scenes. Jill Thomas knows how to tell a good story. Also, she is a master of descriptions. Jill perfectly depicted a small town in all its coziness. But Cape Doom has history, and some of its pages are dark. The descriptions are balanced as the author hints at dangers that still lurk in the darkness of foggy nights. Uncle Ben and Aunt Molly are wonderful people, but there is also the mysterious Captain Jack with a hook instead of a hand. This character will capture children's imaginations, just as he intrigues Polly and her friends. Polly is a great character to follow. Jill shows us interesting dynamics in the group of friends, where Polly is an obvious leader. She is curious, like many eleven-year-olds are, is always ready for a good adventure, and sometimes forgets about the possible danger. Hudson is wonderfully eccentric with a dry sense of humor. Even Molly the bulldog is a vivid character with a great personality. Legend of Captain Fear has a solid plotline with many fascinating twists. As for the main intrigue, Jill kept me guessing until the very end of the book. Legend of Captain Fear is a read that will instill a love for maritime-themed books in children.