Iluka’s Sue banking on her literary pot of gold
ILUKA author Sue Cason has published a new children's book and hopes it will be treated like treasure.
The Pirate Company: On the Trail of the Golden Toucan with Omnibus/Scholastic is suitable for childen 10 years and over, with the story's foundations lying in the premise that if you had absolutely no choice, could you possibly survive with the worst peer group on the high seas.
Set in the Caribbean in the days of sail and pirates, when graft and corruption was rife, colonies existed for the enrichment of the colonisers, rules were stretched, and inevitably broken, 11-year-old Tom Applecross finds himself alone after his explorer father vanishes in the jungle and his new stepmother shows him a distinct lack of interest. Things go from bad to disastrous, and then he meets the pirates. Some would say: Any port in a storm. Others would say: Abandon ship while you've still got the breath!
This seafaring yarn is for boys and girls, and maintains a light touch despite anxiety-ridden circumstances. The hero, Tom, and heroine, Rosie, are good.
The villains are meaner than three plagues of fleas.