It's Cal and Annie's first day at their new school. Cal is terrified that his little sister is going to tell the other children at school the family secret - that their dad is a pirate. All goes well to begin with, but as the day progresses, the news soon gets out!
* Emerald/Band 15 books provide a widening range of genres including science fiction and biography, prompting more ways to respond to texts.
* Text type - A story with a familiar setting.
* The excitement chart on pages 46 and 47 can be used to support an oral recount of the events of the story.
* Curriculum links - PSHE: Healthy lifestyles (emotional health).
* This book has been quizzed for Accelerated Reader
Susan Gates was born in Grimsby. As a youngster she read lots of science fiction and American literature and then studied it at university. Before she became a writer she spent ten years in schools in Africa and England, in technical colleges and on literacy schemes. She has three children and lives in County Durham.