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Compass South

Compass South
Hope Larson, Rebecca Mock
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016
Source: Library
Audience: Younger Teens, Children

From Goodreads:
It’s 1860 in New York City. When 12-year-old twins Alexander and Cleopatra’s father disappears, they join the Black Hook Gang and are caught by the police pulling off a heist. They agree to reveal the identity of the gang in exchange for tickets to New Orleans. But once there, Alex is shanghaied to work on a ship that is heading for San Francisco via Cape Horn. Cleo stows away on a steamer to New Granada where she hopes to catch a train to San Francisco to find her brother. Neither Alexander nor Cleo realizes the real danger they are in — they are being followed by pirates who think they hold the key to treasure. How they outwit the pirates and find each other makes for a fast-paced, breathtaking adventure.

What a swashbuckling adventure! I had so much fun reading Compass South! I stumbled across it while shelving at the library, and I’m so glad I did.

TWO SETS of red-headed twins!




A girl pretending to be a boy!


Identity theft!




What more could you ask for? Really.