Ferraris, Zoe. The Galaxy Pirates: Hunt for the Pyxis. New York: Crown Books, 2015. 978-0-385-39216-7. $16.99. 310 p. Gr. 4-7.
When Emma was little, her parents filled her head with stories about other galaxies full of millions of animals and people and magical things. She simply didn’t believe them at the time. Then her seemingly ordinary parents are kidnapped, and Emma must find them. Her search leads her to another universe, strands that take her, and her best friend Herbie, on the adventure of a lifetime. During the journey, she learns her mother is the notorious Pirate Brightstoke, who rebelled against the nefarious Queen Virgo. She foiled the queen’s plan to control all the memory water, and now the queen is seeking revenge. Emma and Herbie meet up with the Argh, another ship full of orphans and a prickly captain with a generous heart. Together they will tackle the queen’s Navy and try to rescue Emma’s parents. THOUGHTS: An action-packed adventure that will keep readers turning the page and looking for the next title.
Fantasy Christine Massey, JWP Middle School