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The Resource The galaxy pirates : hunt for the Pyxis, Zoë Ferraris

The galaxy pirates : hunt for the Pyxis, Zoë Ferraris

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The galaxy pirates : hunt for the Pyxis
Title
The galaxy pirates
Title remainder
hunt for the Pyxis
Statement of responsibility
Zoë Ferraris
Title variation
Hunt for the Pyxis
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
After her parents are kidnapped, Emma and her best friend Herbie set out on an adventure that takes them through a galaxy populated by pirates, monkeys, the tyrant Queen of Virgo, and other creatures, human and otherwise, as they try to rescue her parents and protect the mysterious Pyxis
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  • Grades 4-7 Emma learned to sail at her father’s side when she was 5 and has always been fascinated with the constellations. Now 12, she and her best friend, Herbie, live for sailing the family sailboat, Markab, every weekend. When Emma’s parents are kidnapped, Emma and Herbie discover that Emma’s mother is really Halifax Brightstoke, a famous pirate from a faraway galaxy, who knows the whereabouts of a powerful amulet—the Pyxis. Quickly learning to navigate the rivers of outer space and using star charts to plot their course, Emma and Herbie sail the Markab and dodge enemy fire, strange creatures, and portals to other worlds—all while racing the clock to rescue Emma’s parents. Ferraris has lots of great ideas about world building, but somehow the novel does not quite hinge together. Character development is erratic, and the novel’s pacing is uneven. In spite of these challenges, this book will have an audience and will appeal to younger fans of Dave Barry’s Peter and the Starcatchers (2004). -- Moore, Melissa (Reviewed 07-01-2015) (Booklist, vol 111, number 21, p72)
  • The "space pirate" genre turns oddly literal in this first book in a series. Emma Garton doesn't pay attention when her best friend, Herbie, comes up with ludicrous explanations for her dad's mysterious travels. Yet even Herbie is taken aback when the truth comes out. After all, it's not every kid who's born to alien pirates wanted for a multitude of crimes, like the theft of the Pyxis, an amulet with mysterious powers. When her parents are hauled away, Emma and Herbie are left in possession of the hidden Pyxis as well as her family boat. Traveling between galaxies means navigating the intergalactic seas. Determined to save her parents, Emma and Herbie must face down whole navies—and a dragon—while endeavoring to keep the Pyxis out of the wrong hands. Unfortunately, both the metaphysics of intergalactic travel and characters' motivations are too often sketchy at best. The adventure never turns dull, but the logistics of the worldbuilding are tricky. Most problematic are the waterways among star systems. This method of travel is never adequately explained, making it appear as though the author wanted to have her cake (space pirates) and to eat it too (high seas). Though the book is admittedly rousing, readers are better off setting sail on Jason Fry's Curse of the Iris (2014) than on this confusing, tepid star-sea journey. (Science fiction. 9-12)(Kirkus Reviews, June 1, 2015)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10437892
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DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Ferraris, Zoë
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
710L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
MG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 7
Reading level
5
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
Galaxy pirates
Series volume
0001
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Space and time
  • Pirates
  • Kidnapping
  • Identity (Philosophical concept)
  • Adventure and adventurers
  • Space and time
  • Pirates
  • Kidnapping
  • Identity
  • Science fiction
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
The galaxy pirates : hunt for the Pyxis, Zoë Ferraris
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
1106007
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
310 pages
Isbn
9780385392167
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2014042924
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780385392167
  • (OCoLC)897825517
Label
The galaxy pirates : hunt for the Pyxis, Zoë Ferraris
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1106007
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
310 pages
Isbn
9780385392167
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2014042924
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780385392167
  • (OCoLC)897825517

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