By: Will Mabbitt
Genre: YF - Children's & teenage fiction & true stories
Published by: Puffin/Penguin
Published: 27 May 2015
ISBN: 9780141355146


When Mabel Jones unknowingly commits 'The Deed' she finds herself swiftly bundled into a sack and carried off to the pirate ship the Feroshus Maggot.

Crewed by the strangest bunch of pirates you would ever want to meet and captained by the dreaded Idryss Ebeneezer Split (a wolf with a false leg carved from a human thighbone, a rusty cutlass sheathed in his belt and a loaded pistol tucked in his pants with no fear of the consequences), the Feroshus Maggot whisks Mabel Jones off on the adventure of a lifetime.



This is a wacky story that will appeal to those with a vivid imagination and a love of adventure.

Mabel finds herself aboard the Feroshus Maggot, surrounded by strange creatures that are pirates! She was kidnapped after she commits ‘the deed’. I won’t tell you what that is, as I don’t want to spoil it for you!

She finds herself on an adventure through the high seas (all in her pyjamas), trying to locate the missing pieces of the X that form the key to unlock the treasure. But Mabel also discovers that this key is her way home, so she is desperate to help find it, and finds herself doing things that she never imagined.

A swashbuckling tale that will appeal to readers aged 8+.

Reviewed by Sam