Blackthorn Winter by Douglas Wilson is a delightful piece of historical fiction for children set in the Chesapeake Bay area in the early 1700s. Fifteen-year-old Thomas Ingle has finally finished his lessons and is ready to begin working at sea. He sets out on his first sea voyage on the Prudence Hannah working under the honorable Captain Monroe only to be boarded by a band of pirates. There are buried maps and hidden treasure and a mix of foolish and honorable characters for the hard-working young Ingle to navigate and shape his character as he enters the world of men.
Overall, this is an excellent piece of well-written historical fiction for the boys and girls in the 8-12 year range (and adults who enjoy a good pirate tale). I thoroughly enjoyed the story (as did my 10yo daughter) and am planning to order the remaining books in the series soon.