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The Secret Pirate

Written by Elli Woollard

Illustrated by Laura Ellen Anderson

Part of the Swashbuckle Lil: The Secret Pirate Series

Books of the Month Featured Books for 5+ readers Featured Books for 7+ readers General Fiction Recommended Children's eBooks School Stories

LoveReading View on The Secret Pirate

One of our Books of the Year 2016 |  June 2016 Book of the Month Lil might look like an ordinary schoolgirl, but under her jumper and vest she’s a pirate! When the thoroughly rotten Stinkbeard arrives Lil flies into battle against him, because Lil is a pirate who’ll do what is right, if it takes her all night – and no matter what her teacher Miss Lubber says. Lil is able to defeat Stinkbeard, once using school dinner as ammunition, and still come first in the sack race! Is Lil really a pirate? Parents and children might disagree, but everyone will enjoy her antics. Told in jolly rhyme that makes reading the stories particularly fun and easy and with lively black and white illustrations on every page these are the perfect step up from picture books to chapter books.

Readers who enjoy Lil’s adventures will also like the Squishy McFluff stories and Alex T Smith’s series about Claude. ~ Andrea Reece


The Secret Pirate Synopsis

Lil is a pirate, a good sort of pirate, and when there is someone to save, she'll do what is right (if it takes her all night). Yes, she'll always be bold and be brave. When evil pirate Stinkbeard tries to kidnap Lil's teacher, it's up to schoolgirl and secret pirate, Lil, to come to the rescue. In story two it's sports day, but there's a very hungry croc on the loose. Can Lil and her trusty parrot, Carrot, scare Stinkbeard and his pet croc away?

Swashbuckle Lil: The Secret Pirate, by author Elli Woollard and illustrator Laura Ellen Anderson, is the first in an exciting series with two rip-roaringly rhyming, brilliantly illustrated stories in each book which make the perfect transition from parent-led to independent reading.

The Secret Pirate Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to the review by one of the Lovereading4kids editorial experts some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel members were also lucky enough to read and review this title. Click here to read their full reviews.

  • Edith Andrews, age 4 and mum - 'Lovely, brave, empowering role model for young children. Lil is great fun. The stories are brilliant with just the right mix of hilarity, chaos and frights with Captain Stinkbeard.'
  • Lucy Collings, age 6 - 'I really enjoyed reading this book because I found it funny and I liked the character of Lil...a fast moving adventure with a strong, brave girl heroine.'
  • Elissa Watkin, age 4 - 'The story was engaging and fun and wasn't too long so it held Elissa attention.'
  • Mum, Emma with Sam, age 6 and Jack, age 4 - 'We really enjoyed both the stories...The rhyming prose is great as it allowed them to guess how sentences would end...We definitely recommend this book.'
  • Gianna Smith, age 7 - 'This is a very adventurous book. It seems like it is all in Lil's imagination and she has a very adventurous mind which never stops.... I want to read more about Lil. I think she is amazing.'
  • Romila Bahl - 'This is a very adventurous book.  It seems like it is all in Lil's imagination and she has a very adventurous mind which never stops.'
  • Ruth Ward - 'The smaller book is perfect for little hands and these clever rhyming stories will be wonderful to read aloud together.  Turning an ordinary experience into an extraordinary story adventure is handled so beautifully.'

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ISBN: 9781509808823
Publication date: 19/05/2016
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781509808823
Publication date: 19th May 2016
Author: Elli Woollard
Illustrator: Laura Ellen Anderson
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 96 pages
Suitable for: 5+ readers, 7+ readers
Genres: General Fiction, School Stories
Recommendations: Books of the Month, eBooks, Reviewed by Children

About Elli Woollard

Elli Woollard started writing stories after an embarrassing incident in which her youngest son broke Michael Rosen's glasses.  Having previousl written poetry, Elli's snappy rhymes, catchy, rhythms and witty stories have captured the imagination of the children's book world; from picture book collaborations with wonderfully talented illustrators such as Benji Davies (The Giant of Jum and The Dragon and the Nibblesome Knight), Steven Lenton (The Great Gran Plan, 2017), to a first chapter book with the marvellous Laura Ellen Anderson (Swashbuckle Lil: The Secret Pirate). In everything she does, Elli Woollard brings a unique new voice to children's fiction, ...

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