Antigua de Fortune of the High Seas by Anna Rainbow and Oli Hyatt, reviewed by Mia

Antigua, or Tiggy to her friends, is the daughter of an officer. She’s expected to stay on land, wear dresses, and fear the sea, but all she really wants to do is to explore the ocean. 

The Pirate King comes and kidnaps all the boys, including her little brother Diego.  Tiggy sets out with her friend Marina and a crew of old pirates to rescue the stolen boys of Haven, discovering some secrets about herself along the way. 

I really like Tiggy’s determination. She’s not always confident that her plan will work, but she bravely gives it a go anyway. The crew work together well and have great friendships.

This is an exciting pirate story, with magical and mythical creatures and I really hope there will be more adventures! 

Hello! My name is Mia, I am 8 and live in Harrogate. I like writing stories and drawing pictures. I am a Brownie and also help with Rainbows. I enjoy performing, and have dance, piano and mandarin lessons. Obviously I absolutely love reading!

About the book

A magical, thrilling pirate adventure: fun, fantastical and totally unputdownable! Tiggy has always had the ocean in her blood – and lately, she’s been dreaming of mermaids – but she’s a high-born girl on the Isle of Fortune, forced to wear dresses, attend balls and (worst of all) comb her wild curls.

But then the Pirate King strikes, wielding deadly turquoise magic, and Tiggy’s younger brother is stolen – along with every boy on the island.

Tiggy knows it is time to claim her destiny, take to the high seas and rescue the boys of Fortune …

A spellbinding, hugely exciting pirate adventure: fun, feminist, classic in feel and totally unputdownable.

Perfect for fans of Pirates of the Caribbean!Oli is co-founder and executive producer at Blue Zoo, a BAFTA-winning film animation company – bringing a brilliantly cinematic and visual feel to Antigua de Fortune.