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And the Tide Comes in... by Merryl Alber
The Art of Flying by Judy Hoffman
Ball by Mary Sullivan
A Big Guy Took My Ball! by Mo Willems
Billy Bishop Goes to War by John MacLachlan Gray
Bits & Pieces by Judy Schachner
Bluebird by Bob Staake
The Book of Gin by Richard Barnett
The Cardboard Valise by Ben Katchor
Cast Away on the Letter A by Fred
Cherries and Cherry Pits by Vera B. Williams
Chicken Cheeks by Michael Ian Black and Kevin Hawkes
Diners, Bowling Alleys, And Trailer Parks by Andrew Hurley
Fullmetal Alchemist 25 by Hiromu Arakawa
I Spy With My Little Eye by Edward Gibbs
The Life of Ty: Penguin Problems by Lauren Myracle
Mean Soup by Betsy Everitt
My Cold Went On Vacation by Molly Rausch
Nothing But the Truth by Avi
One Cool Friend by Toni Buzzeo
The President Has Been Shot! The Assassination of John F. Kennedy by James L. Swanson
Smells Like Pirate by Suzanne Selfors
There's an Owl in the Shower by Jean Craighead George
They Call Me a Hero: A Memoir of My Youth by Daniel Hernandez
The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
Transcendental by James Edwin Gunn
Tune: Vanishing Point by Derek Kirk Kim
Water in the Park by Emily Jenkins
The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli
Which Way Back?: Featuring Luna, Chip & Inkie by Michael Mayes
Wonderful Life With the Elements by Bunpei Yorifuji

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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Comments for Smells Like Pirate

Smells Like Pirate: 03/30/15

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Smells Like Pirate by Suzanne Selfors is the third book in a series about a treasuring hunting boy and a dog with a very special nose. It also happens to be the first one I've read but I plan to read the others.

Homer and his dog are called back to the city under false pretenses. While there he's surprisingly elected the president of L.O.S.T. — the treasure hunting society he was only just allowed to join. The reasons given are strikingly similar to the ones Merganzer D. Whippet gives when releasing ownership of the hotel to Leo in Floors.

In the midst of all this, a rival club is started, FOUND. And the two club presidents end up in a race to find some lost lost pirate treasure. The wackiness of the treasure hunt, coupled with the strange world building allow for a large enough suspension of disbelief for Homer et al to have their adventures without any pesky questions arising.

But this isn't just a goofy romping caper; there's danger too, something that often doesn't manifest in books of this ilk. In the previous books, characters close to Homer were killed. Now those responsible are after Homer and his rival, Lorelei.

Finally, this is a great book that is neither a "boy" book nor a "girl" book. It offers strong, well built characters of both genders who are uniquely capable in finding the treasure.

Five stars

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