Pirate Boy of Sydney Town

By Jackie French

Reviewed by Leila, aged 14

At the age of 12, Ben Huntsmore can’t imagine life any different to the friends and rolling golden fields of Badger’s Hill. But when his distant, greedy father loses the manor through gambling, Ben is forced to join him in the dangerous business of pirating. Now, he will have to dodge swords, trust only a convict and Indigenous sailor and survive the rough seas.

This book showed the true colours of early Australian colonies and the English ‘privateers’ roaming the seas. It was educational as well as exciting, and a great read overall. My rating: 3.5/5

Shamini Murugan