A Pirate, A Blockade Runner, and a Cat by Beverly Stowe McClure

28 Oct

Before I get to today’s review I wanted to ask you to send all of your good-thoughts and prayers to Renn today. Today is the day he has the operation to put the grid in his brain to figure out why he is getting the seizures and what part of his brain they have to take out. Mrs. Telles just had a guest post on Brain of a Jedi whose daughter had the procedure done. It explains it and shows the good and not so good that can happen with the surgery really well. Click HERE to read it if you want to understand it better.

I also wanted to give you an update on my Reading for Renn Challenge!ย 


Four more points and I will meet my goal! WOO! Do you think I will make it by October 31st? Thank you to everyone for helping spread the word and supporting my fund-raiser for Renn! Don’t know what I am talking about? Click HERE to read about it!

Now on to the REVIEW! ๐Ÿ˜€

Pirate bannerpirate-blockade-runner-cat-200x300A Pirate, A Blockade Runner, and a Cat

by Beverly Stowe McClure

265 pages – ages 11+

Published by MuseItUp Publishing on January 9, 2013

Summary- Erik is sad that he is now living in South Carolina, He moved there with his mom when she found out his dad was not being faithful to her. He is miserable in South Carolina because he is away from everything he knows. Erik meets the twins Starry and Stormy Knight. Erik becomes friends with despite them being pretty weird and the fact that Starry can read minds, which really makes Erik uncomfortable.

Erik and the twins investigate an abandon lighthouse where they see a light coming from. In the lighthouse, Erik is stunned to find actual ghosts! The ghosts (a blockade runner, a pirate and a cat) are looking for something and can’t rest until they find it. Erik hatches a plan to help the ghosts in exchange for their help in getting him back to his home in Texas.

Opinion-ย First of all, what an AWESOME main character name (with the correct spelling)!ย  ๐Ÿ˜‰ Besides having an awesome name (spelled correctly) I thought Erik was a great main character. He is a very believable 13-year-old and I really wanted him to get a solution to his problem. I love the unique plot of the book, that the kids help out some ghosts and in return the ghosts help Erik. That makes this book a very different kind of ghost story. I love the weirdness of the Knight twins and the fact that Starry can read minds. They are very likeable characters too. The book is a clean read, ย although it is mentioned that the mom finds a certain lacy undergarment in the glove box of Erik’s dad’s car (that happens before the story starts but is referenced in the book) and is why she took Erik and left.ย  The cover of the book is pretty cool. It has a creepy but historical feel to it. The ending to the book was good and not what I expected, but it left me feeling good about the story.ย 

Five out of five bookworms for this unique ghost story!ย fivebooks

Purchase at MuseItUp Publishing or Amazon!


About the author:

Beverly Stowe McClure photojpg


Beverly Stowe McClure, a former teacher, is now enjoying a second career: writing. She never planned to be a writer, but in the classroom she and her students did such fun activities in art and science that she decided to write about some of them. Luckily, a few magazines liked what she sent them, and her articles have appeared in Humpty Dumpty, Jack and Jill, Ladybug, Focus on the Family Clubhouse, Jr., and others. Nine of her stories have been published as books, the latest one a MG/Tween eBook: A Pirate, a Blockade Runner, and a Cat. She also has two stories in Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies.

Beverly enjoys discovering her ancestors in her genealogy research. She plays the piano. (Thank you, Mom, for making encouraging me to practice.) She takes long walks where she snaps pictures of wildlife and clouds, and of course she reads, usually two books at a time. She teaches a womenโ€™s Sunday school class. Watching baseball (Go Rangers) is another of her favorite activities. Retirement is fun.

You can learn more about Beverly Stowe McClure at http://beverlystowemcclure.wordpress.com or her blog at http://beverlystowemcclure.blogspot.com.

Friend Beverly on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beverlysmcclure

Follow her on Twitter: https://twitter.com/beverlymcclure

Become one of Beverlyโ€™s fans on Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/11462.Beverly_Stowe_McClure

41 Responses to “A Pirate, A Blockade Runner, and a Cat by Beverly Stowe McClure”

  1. stanleyandkatrina October 28, 2013 at 7:08 am #

    Thank you for reminding us about Renn’s important day, today. Prayers and positive thoughts being sent to him.
    Of course you will reach your goal. ๐Ÿ™‚
    A book with the ghost of a pirate cat sounds like fun. Thanks for sharing!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks October 28, 2013 at 7:23 am #

      Well, it’s not a pirate cat, it’s a Pirate, a Blockade Runner, and a Cat (separated by commas, there are 3 ghosts ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). I made the same mistake when I first read the title! ๐Ÿ˜‰


      • stanleyandkatrina October 28, 2013 at 7:25 am #

        LOL. This is why I should wait until I’ve had my coffee before I do blog stuff. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Guess what I’m off to do… Have a great day, Erik!


      • thiskidreviewsbooks October 28, 2013 at 5:27 pm #



  2. C. C. Gevry October 28, 2013 at 8:00 am #

    Prayers going up for your friend, Renn.

    Thanks for hosting Beverly today. I’m glad you enjoyed this book. I just finished it last night. I had read it before publication and it was nice to see the great changes Bev made. I hope your readers get a chance to check it out.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks October 28, 2013 at 5:29 pm #

      Thank you Ms. Gervy! It is a great story for kids my age! Thank you for visiting my blog! ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. rnewman504 October 28, 2013 at 8:26 am #

    Erik, Sending thoughts and prayers for Renn. p.s. The book sounds totally adorable. Great review!


  4. Catherine Johnson October 28, 2013 at 9:44 am #

    Sending prayers for Renn today and what a neat book Erik. Fancy reading something so great where you feel like the main character. Super name!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks October 28, 2013 at 5:33 pm #

      Yes, all main characters should be named Erik (with a “k”)… hmmm maybe not if it is a girl… then they should be Catherine! ๐Ÿ˜‰


  5. jama October 28, 2013 at 12:24 pm #

    Prayers and good thoughts for Renn — and it’s exciting that you’ve *almost* met your goal :).

    Enjoyed reading about this book — Ms. McClure is the nicest person and I do like that she chose the name “Erik” for the main character!


  6. Joanna October 28, 2013 at 2:04 pm #

    Continuing to think of Renn, in the operating theater right now and his family. Thanks again for all you are doing, Erik. Great ghostly review today.


  7. Robyn Campbell October 28, 2013 at 2:28 pm #

    Wowee Erik! You are the one! YEAH! You’ll make it. For sure! Praying for Renn. No one understands the scariness of seizures more than this gal. I truly will pray for them today and the weeks to come.

    Love that review. Erik is just a super cool name you know? ๐Ÿ™‚


    • thiskidreviewsbooks October 28, 2013 at 5:36 pm #

      It is really scary what these little kids went through. I hope everything went okay for Renn today. I am glad you like my review and yes, I think Erik is super cool. ๐Ÿ˜‰


  8. Michelle Isenhoff October 28, 2013 at 4:15 pm #

    Thank you for sending us to Bethany’s website today, Erik. Wow, what a journey Kate and Renn have had. Praying for him today.

    This book also looks really good. I’m going to check it out a little further.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks October 28, 2013 at 5:51 pm #

      It is hard for me to read what Kate and Renn are having to go through. I hope everything went well today.
      I liked that this was a non-scary ghost story. I hope you like it if you read it! ๐Ÿ™‚


  9. Patricia Tilton October 28, 2013 at 5:29 pm #

    I thought the book was realistic fiction — which I love — until you mentioned the ghosts. Sounds like a great read for kids, especially since the main character is ERIK! !:)

    You are almost there and my guess you will go over your points. Yes, am thinking about Renn.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks October 28, 2013 at 5:57 pm #

      ๐Ÿ˜€ I usually don’t like ghost stories, but this one isn’t scary at all. I like how the ghosts are involved with the plot and solving a problem. I think the book is classified as a “paranormal” book.
      I am trying to go over 150 points! (I think I will too ๐Ÿ˜‰ )


  10. ontheplumtree October 28, 2013 at 7:12 pm #

    Looks great. I sometimes think that escaping into the world of the imagination is a wonderful way to confront a painful emotional issue. And employing the supernatural is also really helpful as we call on the inner world when we need extra strength or grace to overcome really difficult things.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks October 30, 2013 at 6:42 am #

      That is a great point Dr. Clune! It can help to deal with hard things – like Erik and the break up of his parents. Thank you for your comment! ๐Ÿ™‚


  11. readingwithrhythm October 28, 2013 at 7:13 pm #

    I hope all went well for Renn today. That all must be pretty scary. I guess I need to read this non-scary book since the author and the main character, ERIK, are from TEXAS! It must be a good one! Thanks Erik!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks October 30, 2013 at 6:40 am #

      Ha! Yes Erik is from TEXAS! Did I tell you I went to Texas for the first time last year? We went to El Paso! Had really awesome Mexican food there! ๐Ÿ™‚


      • readingwithrhythm October 30, 2013 at 7:14 am #

        I have been through El Paso, but never stopped there. It’s very far from Glen Rose, but very close to Mexico so I guess it would have very good Mexican food there! I hope you had a good visit there.


      • thiskidreviewsbooks October 30, 2013 at 7:16 am #

        Yep! We spent 2 days there (one on the way through New Mexico, and the other on the way back). It was fun. ๐Ÿ™‚


  12. Susanna Leonard Hill October 28, 2013 at 8:28 pm #

    Praying for Renn today and every day. Good for you with only 4 points to go! I never doubted you’d make it – it was only a question of how far over you’d go ๐Ÿ™‚ And what a cool book – sounds like a great read by an author who has excellent taste in names ๐Ÿ™‚


    • thiskidreviewsbooks October 30, 2013 at 6:39 am #

      Thank you Ms. Hill! The book is a great story! I agree the author has GREAT taste!


  13. Diane M. Robinson October 28, 2013 at 8:55 pm #

    This sounds like a really cool book, and the main character’s name is super cool!

    Prayers for Renn, and may the force be with him.


  14. Darlene October 28, 2013 at 11:50 pm #

    Sending prayers and positive thoughts Renn’s way. You are so close to your goal, I know you will make it no problem. You haven’t let me know how I can support this cause. BTW I love the name of the main character in A Pirate, A Blockade Runner, and a Cat. This book sounds great. (I plan to be a pirate for Halloween)


    • thiskidreviewsbooks October 30, 2013 at 6:35 am #

      I will email you after I get my final point count Ms. Foster with instructions on how to donate. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for supporting Reading for Renn! I want to see a picture of your pirate costume!


  15. KidLitReviews October 29, 2013 at 7:21 am #

    Starry and Stormy Knight are such good names for quirky twins. The story sounds fun, except for the finding of the underwear part. Nice review Eric, oops, I meant Erik “spelled correctly.” ๐Ÿ˜†


    • thiskidreviewsbooks October 30, 2013 at 6:31 am #

      They are awesome names for the characters! Yes – make sure it is with a “k”! ๐Ÿ˜‰


  16. Beverly November 2, 2013 at 1:27 am #

    Sending prayers and love for Renn and family. Thank you for such a wonderful review. Erik should always be spelled this way. ๐Ÿ™‚


  17. Myra GB November 7, 2013 at 6:31 pm #

    I agree with you. That’s an AWESOME character name with the correct spelling. ๐Ÿ™‚ Fats, one of the gatheringbooks ladies, is now based in South Carolina from San Diego. I’d share this book with her.


    • Beverly November 7, 2013 at 7:15 pm #

      How nice of you to share with your friend, Myra. I appreciate it. Our oldest son and family live in South Carolina. A beautiful state.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks November 8, 2013 at 8:01 pm #

      I hope Ms. Suela like it!


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