CM Magazine Review - Peril at Pier

CM Magazine
Reviewed by: Georgie Perigny

Fourteen-year-old Jack Gordon is the best sailor in all the Toronto Islands. However, his reckless behaviors and no fear attitude always seem to land him in trouble. Will he ever be able to prove to others that he is capable of being a great captain and leader? Penny Draper's Peril at Pier Nine is a compelling book of heroism, bravery, heartaches and friendship. After leading a water fight that destroyed the Lawn Bowling Club, Jack had to face his punishment. The Lawn Bowling Committee decided that for the rest of the summer Jack would be responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the greens. That he could handle. What he couldn't come to grips with was having his sailboat, Frosty Friday, beached until further notice. Losing Frosty Friday was pretty harsh when the water fight was just an accident. How could he prepare for big race that was to be held in a few weeks? To make matters worse, the Captain hadn't spoken to him since the day in the clubhouse. The Captain was right, Jack had no 'captain' qualities. He was simply a trouble maker, a bad influence. His irresponsible behaviour not only disappointed Captain Clapp, but it may have destroyed Jack's dream to pilot one of the Great Lakes cruise ships. However, Jack is put to the test late one night when he realizes that the greatest laker, The Noronic, is on fire. Suddenly, nothing is more important than saving the people who are trapped on the boat. But does Jack have what it takes to do it? Will he be able to rescue everyone? He knows he can't let anyone down. With true heroism, Jack plunges into the icy waters risking his life to save the people from the fiery danger. Peril at Pier Nine is a 'Disaster Strikes' book in which the disasters are told from a kid's point of view. Peril at Pier Nine is written in first person and is told by Jack Gordon, the spunky 14-year-old. The language is appropriate to the intended audience, and the book is a quick, entertaining read. The book is organized into several short chapters with suitable titles that allow the reader to keep the characters and events in perspective. The novel is historical fiction that entangles facts and imagination into an adventurous novel that captivates readers and has them treading waters as they are mesmerized by the turn of events. Peril at Pier Nine is Draper's second novel for young adults. Her first, Terror at Turtle Mountain, was short-listed for the Silver Birch Award and the Diamond Willow Award. Highly Recommended. Georgie Perigny is a middle years teacher at River Valley School in Sundre, AB

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