Rebecca Blevins

Captain Gus Schnozzlebeard would rather hear crocodiles sharpenin’ their teeth on sandpaper than listen to his pirate crew sing. To save his sanity, he resolves to acquire musicians for his ship, the Scallywag III. When he hears tell of the Singing Clam of Minnie Skewel Island, he decides that’s exactly what he needs, and they set sail to go find it. Sometimes, though, getting what you want isn’t the best thing. Join Captain Schnozzlebeard and his crew as they sail past the Tu Ting Pits and visit the Mer Cantilles on their travels. Add in a plucky stowaway, an uptight British admiral, and a kraken attack, and you’ve got a recipe for fun that’s better than a pot of gobbledygook stew. 

Pirate Captain Gus Schnozzlebeard and the crew of the Scallywag III stumble across an abandoned ship at sea. The only living things on deck? A flock of strange purple chickens. No pirate turns down free loot, so they wrangle the birds aboard. Soon, the pirates discover that moonlight transforms the chickens into werechickens! One chomp from a sharp-toothed beak will turn a person into a human-sized chicken, and when a crew member sprouts feathers, the desperate pirates set sail hunting for a cure. 

Fourteen-year-old Malodora Dimwiddle, a librarian with dreams of her own, has the recipe for an antidote. But she’ll only trade it for a high-seas adventure to the beautiful—and slightly dangerous— Isles of Periphery, where the cure’s ingredients can be found. Can Captain Schnozzlebeard and his twelve-year-old cabin boy, Lint, trust the scheming young librarian? They just may have to, or else risk being turned into giant chickens—and eat cracked corn and bugs forever. 

On her way home for a Christmas full of Norwegian traditions, Paige Sorensen is pulled over by the county sheriff in the small town of Higgins. The town’s annual Christmas dinner is in danger of being canceled, so the judge sentences Paige to community service, putting her experience as a caterer to good use. 

The one thing she doesn’t count on is working with Wes—a good-looking deputy who can’t stand the holiday season. He makes sure the less fortunate have a merry Christmas, but the secrets behind his eyes say he may never celebrate it in his heart.

Paige fears being stuck in Higgins will ruin her family holiday, but as she helps others, she begins to discover what Christmas—and love—truly mean.

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