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The Unfortunate Son

The Unfortunate Son

The Unfortunate Son

Luc works hard, even though he’s just a boy. His father is constantly complaining about him and finding more and more work for him to do. He never has enough to eat. When a local fisherman wants to take him on as an apprentice the offer includes living with the fisherman and his sister in the village. Luc can’t believe it when his father lets him go.

Luc works hard on Pons’ fishing boat too but the work is a lot different. Mostly it’s different  because Pons doesn’t yell at him, or complain, or hit him. Pons teaches Luc about the weather, sailing, fishing techniques and the sea.

What’s more, Pons and his sister have also taken in Beatrice, a girl who is the first real friend Luc has ever had. The four of them make a family. Luc feels like his luck has suddenly turned…until the day Pons’ boat is overtaken by pirates and Luc is taken captive and sold into slavery.

When the man who buys Luc gets him home, he directs his servent to give Luc a bath and give him clean clothes. Luc’s wounds are washed and bandaged. He is fed. But then metal bands are places around his ankles.

“These show you are mine. They will protect you.” Luc blinked and stared at the man. He was confused by the gentleness and care. He looked down at the metal bands. Though he understood nothing of the man’s language, he understood that the rings showed he was a slave, that they demonstrated that, despite the kindness, Luc was now the property of this stranger. (page 113)

With a voice that cracked, he [Luc] asked, “Am I never to go home again?” The old man paused. “This is your home now, Luc. Do not speak again of the life you had. It is gone.” (page 114)

Even though he lives now in a nice house and is well fed and going to school, he is still a slave. All Luc wants to do is go home to Pons, Mattie & Beatrice. All Pons, Mattie & Beatrice want is to find him. This is the story of one boy, his changing fortunes and the people who love him. You might be surprised by some of the people who turn out to care. Author: Constance Leeds

Here are some more books about boys like Luc who find themselves under the power of others; stories about how these boys fight back to regain their freedom:

A Conspiracy of Kings Deadweatehr and Sunrise
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Staff Pick: One Dog and His Boy

Staff Pick: One Dog and His Boy

One Dog and His Boy

When lonely, ten-year-old Hal learns that his wealthy but neglectful parents only rented Fleck, the dog he always wanted, he and new friend Pippa take Fleck and four other dogs from the rental agency on a trek from London to Scotland, where Hal’s grandparents live. Author: Eva Ibbotson

“Fleck and Hal know at first sight they are one dog and his boy. The adventure begins when parents, then criminals, and even tracker dogs named Darth and Terminator conspire to keep them apart. Four other dogs and an assortment of humans, including a circus, come to the aid of Fleck and Hal. There are miles and miles of surprising and funny adventures as Hal and Fleck go ‘on the run’ away from their pursuers and toward their happy ending and the happy endings of each of their protectors, human and canine.”

Recommended by Barbara Obergfell – Outreach

More Staff Picks

More great books if you love dogs::
Everything for a Dog A Dog's Life Shiloh The Incredible Journey
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The Chronicles of Egg: Deadweather and Sunrise

The Chronicles of Egg: Deadweather and Sunrise

Deadweather & Sunrise

Egg’s Cinderella-like (the servant part, not the princess part) life is changed overnight when his family disappears and he is taken in by the wealthy Mr. Pembroke.  Egg thinks life in the Pembroke mansion is pretty sweet. Does he miss his family? Kinda. He doesn’t miss being the family servant at all. Doesn’t miss doing extra chores. Doesn’t miss getting spit on.

But when he discovers that Mr. Pembroke is up to something involving a map of his family’s plantation, Egg starts to suspect that there’s something fishy about the reason Mr. Pembroke suddenly wants to adopt him. And besides, he doesn’t want Millicent Pembroke to be his SISTER. He wants her to be his WIFE.

With the help of Guts, a one-handed cabin boy and Millicent, Egg sets sail on a small boat to return to Deadweather, the pirate-infested island that is home to the plantation and a small army of pirate field hands.

Mr. Pembroke thinks there is a treasure there. Egg’s father thought there was a treasure there. If there is a treasure there, Egg is going to find it and his band of misfit pirate friends have his back. A funny, smashbuckling, treasure hunting adventure in the spirit of Pirates of the Caribbean. Looking forward to book 2. Author: Geoff Rodkey

 

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Giants Beware!

Giants Beware!

Giants Beware!Claudette is a sword swinging action girl determined to save her town from an evil giant that lives outside the town walls – a giant that has been terrorizing the townfolk by raiding for its favorite food…baby feet! All the adults want to think the wall is good enough protection. Claudette thinks the best defense is a good offense. She recruits her friend Marie, who aspires to be a princess, her little brother Gaston, who aspires to be a chef, and her pug Valiant, to sneak out of town and kick some giant booty.

Being brave means that even if you are scared, you can still look fear in the eyes and tell it…I’m going to kick your ever-lovin’butt! (page 92)

Claudette’s rag tag band of giant warriors faces certain death at the hands of the apple hag, the river king and the baby feet eating giant himself…and discover that they are braver, tougher, smarter, more loyal and the best friends EVER! A perfect graphic novel adventure for you if you like Amelia Rules! or The Secret Science Alliance.

More action kids ready to kick bad guys’ ever-lovin’ butts!:
Amelia Rules Superheroes The Secret Science Alliance Kiki Strike Inside the Shadow City The World of Quest
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Staff Pick: Whatever After: Fairest of All

Staff Pick: Whatever After: Fairest of All

Fairest of All“Abby and Jonah expected their lives to change when they moved to a new town, but they couldn’t have predicted that the mirror hanging in the basement would transport them to the world of Snow White.  Being totally familiar with her tale, it makes sense to Jonah to prevent Snow from eating the poisoned apple.  But, if Snow doesn’t die, she won’t meet her Prince and live happily ever after.  Before they can go home, Abby and Jonah must fix Snow’s story, even if that means breaking into a castle and facing an evil queen.”

Recommended by: Fiona Duke, East Washington Library

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Here are some more stories about kids who get involved in the lives of fairy tale characters through magic, mirrors or enchanted glass.
Fairy Tale Detectives Reckless Breadcrumbs Enchanted Glass
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