Pirate Summer

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Pirate Summer

When her brother disappears, Josey is sure she knows where he’s gone.
And the only way to bring him home is to travel two hundred years into the past with a boy she can’t trust.

Fifteen year old Josey is a liar. She’d like to stop. But after Mom left, the lies started popping out, like the time Josey left her little brother at the library and told Dad he’d run away.

Then Josey meets a boy who tells bigger whoppers than she does. He says he’s the son of a privateer who’s been dead two centuries. He’s so convincing Josey’s brother believes every word and sets off to find the privateer’s hidden treasure.

When her brother disappears, Josey is sure she knows where he’s gone. But everyone thinks she’s lying again. Everyone, that is, except the so-called privateer’s son. He knows she’s telling the truth because jeweled riches are only part of his tale. There’s also the snooperscope, a device that makes time leaps possible, like the one that brought him to the present.

The story is fantastical…and yet Josey will do anything to save her brother—including traveling back in time two hundred years with a boy she can’t trust.

Pirate Summer (ebook)

Genre: Middle Grade/Young Adult fantasy

Rating: Sweet, clean (minimal offensive language; no explicit love scenes)

Suitable for: Ages 10 and up

Length: Novel (44,500 words; 110 pages)

What reviewers say: “Pirate Summer is the story of a sister and brother who discover the importance of each other and the consequences of lying. Enter the handsome privateer who steals Josey’s heart and commandeers her on the adventure of her life and you now have the perfect summer read for all ages.”

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Pirate Summer, a stand-alone young adult novel, is available for $3.50 at Amazon.com, and Smashwords.

Or you can purchase a Kindle (mobi) copy from our secure Selz store by clicking the buy button below (we do not have access to or retain your payment information)

At present, Pirate Summer is only available in digital format.


We thank Jeni Chappelle for her excellent editing. As always, any errors are ours.


HL Carpenter is a mother/daughter writing team. Their young adult novel, Pirate Summer, is available at Amazon, Smashwords, and Selz.