Product Details
List Price:
8 to 12
4 to 6
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Boyds Mills Press
ISBN-13: 978-1-59078-583-6
Black-and-white illustrations
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About the Book


A sighting of the rare frangipani fruit fly sends Lilly's scientist parents off in search of the fabled Shipwreck Islands. In this Smithsonian's Notable Book for Children, Lilly awaits their return at the home of her great-uncle Ernest, the chief librarian of Mundelaine, a town that seems to have more than its share of piratical-looking characters lurking about. When news comes that her parents' ship has wrecked, she must overcome her fear of the sea, find the hidden island, and outsmart a bunch of treasure-hungry pirates to save the day.


* "[An] enjoyably preposterous, emotionally resonant, library-revering adventure." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Many children will relate to this rather cozy adventure story and its lovably flawed heroine." --Booklist

"Full of adventure and questions of 'What next?'" --Library Media Connection

Meet the Author

Phyllis Root

Phyllis Root has been writing for children for thirty years and has published more than forty books for young children. She currently teaches in the MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults program at Hamline University.

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Meet the Illustrator

Rob Shepperson

Rob Shepperson is an illustrator of children's books including, Lilly and the Pirates by Phyllis Root, Bugs by David L. Harrison, and The Big House by Carolyn Coman. His droll editorial drawings appear regularly in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. He lives in Croton-on-Hudson, New York.

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