The Hippie Pirates
by Lana Shupe
with artwork by Caroline Clarke
With imaginations that stretched as wide as the oceans they sailed and as far as the roads they travelled, the hippie pirates took the children on adventures every summer without ever leaving the little cottage by the sea.
- included in The Miramichi Reader's list of Best Books 2023: Young Readers
There are many things that Kent, Ryan, and Amy love about their somewhat eccentric hippie-pirate grandparents, but best of all are their wonderful stories about travelling the world in search of treasure. Central to all their stories is their beloved VW pirate-ship bus, the SS Fiona. And now the three children are going to join in on a hippie-pirate adventure, and sail on the Fiona!
Where will they go? Liverpool? Norway? New York? No. Three disappointed children learn their destination is Nova Scotia, their home province. But very quickly Kent, Ryan, and Amy come to realize that there’s a lot more to “their own backyard” than they’d realized, and that the Fiona knows a trick or two as well.
This time-travelling adventure, the first in a planned series, introduces young readers to some unique aspects of Canadian and Nova Scotian history, including the establishment of Birchtown and the plight of Black Loyalists.
What Folks Are Saying
This novel for young readers features a road trip with a time-travelling twist that will delight its audience. The hippie pirates are quirky, endearing characters whose curiosity and sense of adventure are infectious. ~ Atlantic Books Today
The Hippie Pirates is a fun and informative chapter book and a delightful addition to home and school libraries. ~ Carrie Stanton, The Miramichi Reader (read the full review)