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Chris Powling was born in 1943, in south London, where he still lives. He's taught at all levels in the state school system, from infants to postgraduates, and for ten years was headteacher of a London primary school.
Throughout his career, Chris has had a rich and diverse involvement with children's books - as a critic for national journals and newspapers (including THE GUARDIAN, THE OBSERVER, BOOKS FOR KEEPS, CAROUSEL and THE TIMES EDUCATIONAL SUPPLEMENT) and as a broadcaster for the BBC and various independent radio stations. He was the editor of BOOKS FOR KEEPS from 1989 till 1996 when it won the Eleanor Farjeon Award for services to children's literature, is a panel member for a national children's book club and has served on numerous prize committees. Currently, he is adult-books editor for Classic FM where he presents a monthly review on the programme Classic Newsnight.
Interest Age 11+ Reading Age 7+. This bloodcurdling pirate adventure makes a thrilling adventure story of survival. Captured by the pirates, a young boy finds his fate in the hands of the deadly Captain Flint, the most ruthless pirate on the seas. Can he survive the villain’s evil plan to destroy him? Tautly written, this story twists and turns keeping up the suspense to the very last minute. A Note from the author Chris Powling: I’ve always found pirates exciting – to read about, that is. In real life they must have been hard and cruel. So maybe you had to be just as hard, and just as cruel, to get the better of them. That’s what this story is about. Perfect for Reluctant Readers as well as keen readers. To view other titles we think are suitable for reluctant readers please click here.