These are not your parents’ pirates.
In Richard W. Jennings’s latest adventure, the titular seafaring
criminals are anything but typical. A seventeen-year-old captain
with a hopeless crush? A teenager longing to escape the tedium
of her average life? Get ready to be swept away by adventure and
mayhem in The Pirates of Turtle Rock.
With nary an adventure in sight, sixteen-year-old Jenny Snow
whiles away her time listening to her iPod and gazing out at the
ocean from her perch on Turtle Rock. So engrossed in her
boredom is she that she fails to notice the amorous advances of
Coop DeVille, seventh-generation pirate and captain of his crew
of odd characters. Little does Jenny know that once she takes up
with this band of pirates, adventures are something she’ll have in
spades! The Pirates of Turtle Rock is a rollicking tale of piracy, peril, lost treasure, and
newfound love—as only Richard Jennings could imagine it.
Richard W. Jennings has published more than fifty essays, articles, and short stories in addition
to his books for young readers. He is the cofounder of a popular Kansas City–area bookstore and
former editor of Kansas City Magazine. He has five children, four grandchildren, a dog, a cat, and
a parrot, and he lives in Kansas.
Praise for Richard W. Jennings
Called the “Master of Middle-American Whimsy” by Kirkus Reviews, Jennings is quickly
becoming a force in the young adult world. The Horn Book explains, “He writes about children
who are witty, intelligent, articulate, and likeable,” and adds, “His novels are laced with droll
tongue-in-cheek observations, philosophical musings, and slight hints of absurdity.”