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Captain Jake

64 pages
Jake loves to hunt for treasure, so when the famous pirate Captain Kidd asks him to be his cabin boy, he can't refuse. But Jake soon learns that bringing home an invisible pirate can be a real disaster, particularly when the pirate is mortally terrified of his teenage sister. There are many rules of the sea, and Captain Kidd's own cabin boy, Richard Barleycorn, teaches Jake how to face his biggest fear, Boris Baxter, the meanest boy in the whole school.
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SHA NNON STEWART Illustrated byBen Hodson
Orca Book Publishers
Text copyright ©2008Shannon Stewart Illustrations copyright ©2008Ben Hodson All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or by any information storage and retrieval system now known or to be invented, without permission in writing from the publisher.
Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication
Stewart, Shannon, 1966 Captain jake / written by Shannon Stewart; illustrated by Ben Hodson.
(Orca echoes) ISBN 9781551438962
1. Kidd, William, d. 1701Juvenile fiction. I. Hodson, Ben II. Title. III. Series.
PS8587.T4894C37 2008 jC813’.54 C20089034287
First published in the United States,2008Library of Congress Control Number:2008930035
Summary: A boy’s love of pirate treasure leads to unexpected events with Captain Kidd.
Orca Book Publishers gratefully acknowledges the support for its publishing programs provided by the following agencies: the Government of Canada through the Book Publishing Industry Development Program and the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Province of British Columbia through the BC Arts Council and the Book Publishing Tax Credit. Typesetting by Bruce Collins Cover artwork and interior illustrations by Ben Hodson Author photo by Janet Stewart
Orca Book Publishers PO Box 5626, Stn. B Victoria, BC Canada V8R 6S4
Orca Book Publishers PO Box 468 Custer, WA USA 982400468
www.orcabook.com Printed and bound in Canada. 11 10 09 08 • 4 3 2 1
For Jacob and Gabrielle, my buccaneers.
Chapter One TREASURE!
Jake loved to dream about treasure. He had many interesting collections. In his desk was a jar full of old pencil stubs too short to fit into the pencil sharpener. There were also seventeen rolled balls of rubber cement glue, twentyfour pulled pop can tabs and thirtyfive gum wrappers. Today he was sitting behind Terri, a girl with long blond hair. Very carefully, Jake took a lock of her hair in his hands. Terri didn’t notice. In the light, Jake could see gold and silver shining in the strands. Treasure!thought Jake. He reached for his scissors and leaned forward.
“Jake!” yelled Mrs. Cole. “Yes?” Jake gulped. Mrs. Cole and the entire class were staring at him. “What do you think you’re doing?” asked Mrs. Cole. “Nothing,” said Jake. He dropped the strand of Terri’s hair he had been holding. “My hair!” shrieked Terri, looking at the scissors. “He was about to cut my hair!” “I was going to add it to my treasure collection,” Jake tried to explain. “You can add another detention to your treasure collection,” Mrs. Cole said, “by staying after school to wash the desks.” Jake sighed. He was always getting into trouble.
After his detention, Jake walked home alone. He kept his head down and his eyes open. He looked along
sidewalks, in gutters and between the roots of trees. He looked around garbage cans and under the slide in the park. Something shone in a pile of leaves. Jake knelt down and took a closer look. It had to be a treasure. Yes! Jake picked up a tiny ball covered in dirt.He rubbed it against his shirtsleeve. A blue marble shone in the sun. I’m a great treasure hunter, thought Jake. I’m sure I’ll grow up to be a pirate. He kept looking until he had found six acorns, four pinecones, three feathers and two pennies.Jake stuffed them into his pockets. Just then he heard a snarling laugh over by the creek. Jake gulped. He knew that laugh. It belonged to Boris Baxter, the meanest boy in the whole school. Boris had yellow teeth, yellow hair and yellow nails. He owned a yellow rat that sat on his shoulder.He called it The Bubonic Plague. It was trained to attack whenever Boris didn’t get what he wanted.
“Hey, JakeyWakey,” said Boris. “What are you doing?” “Not much,” said Jake. “What’s in your pockets?” Jake looked down at his bulging pockets. “Not much,” he said. “Let me see,” said Boris, standing in front of him. Boris’s yellow rat blinked its bright pink eyes. Jake did not like rats one little bit. He stuck his hand in his pocket and brought out the pinecones and pennies. Boris grabbed both pennies and shoved them into his own pocket. “Show me what’s in the other pocket,” said Boris. Jake pulled out the acorns and feathers. Boris grabbed one of the feathers. “What’s that?” Boris pointed to the marble in Jake’s shirt pocket. “Nothing,” said Jake. “Show me,” said Boris, sneering with his yellow teeth.