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Meet the Pirates: Introduction to the Windward Stories

April 8, 2019
Meet the Pirates: Introduction to the Windward Stories

Next week we will be setting sail with the third Windward Ho! collection, "High and Dry," where we'll explore Harriet's perspective on their pirate adventures. After meeting the characters, you can listen to the very first story for free below!

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Book One: "Fore & Aft"

When seven young girls win a day-long journey aboard the great pirate ship "The Windward" — a real-life model of a fictional ship — they never suspect the true Halloween adventure that awaits them on October 31. Nine-year-old Periwinkle “Wink” Mackenzie finds herself in need of all the information she has learned from multiple readings of her favorite book series, The Windward Chronicles. Tasked unexpectedly with leadership as the ship’s captain, Wink overcomes her shyness and learns to draw out the strengths of each girl in order to achieve their common goal: to return home safely.

Book Two: "Upbound Down Under"

In this second adventure, Polly and Bonny, the two adventurous Australian twins, are once again at odds with each other when they suddenly find themselves smack in the middle of another pirate journey. Magically transported onto their beloved ship, the crew battles a raging storm only to be pursued by a vengeful captain of the British navy. How will these brave girls escape their peril? This time around, the sweet gifts of sisterhood will lead them all to safety and resolution.

Book Three: "High and Dry"

In this third adventure in the Windward Ho! series, Harriet, the Windward’s quartermaster, is experiencing some self-doubt amongst her athletic and competitive family members. How might she find a place where she can excel? As Harriet reflects on her time on the Windward, she wonders if her leadership might truly shine in the role she still dreams of: the ship’s captain. Through a series of mysterious events, Harriet finds herself in a position of authority around her friends — and learns not only what true teamwork looks like, but also finds a role in which she can be her true self.

That being said, let's meet the characters of Windward Ho!


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Harriet. She is by far the boldest and most confident Windward crew memeber. She'd really like to be Captain, but Harriet is tasked as Quartermaster — a role she learns to value highly in the end.


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Polly and Bonny. They are the unstoppable twin sisters from Australia. This athletic and confident duo make the perfect mates to handle the rigging and sails of the Windward.


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Val. She is the ship's Boatswain — the officer in charge of the equipment and the crew. This role suits Val perfectly as she is a natural peacekeeper — loyal, protective, and capable of keeping the Windward ship-shape.


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Martha. She is the nurturer of the Windward crew. Her sweet disposition, desire to care for others, and love of food make her the perfect person to take on the position of the ship's Cook.


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Jessica. She has always been an avid learner with a special affinity for mathmatics, astronomy, and geography. Her interests and ablities serve the Windward crew well as she is tasked with navigating their beloved ship as Steering Master.


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Captain Wink. Once a shy nine-year-old girl who loved to read adventure books, she now captains her own pirate ship! She is knowledgable on the topics of ships and sailing, and all her book knowledge is put to the test on the high seas.


Perfect for ages 7+


Listen to the First Story for Free!

Episode One: Periwinkle's Parrot

Episode One: Periwinkle's Parrot



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About the Author

KC Pagano

Sparkle Stories Media Maven

KC is a full-time radical homemaker and mama to two spunky little girls. She writes about all kinds of radical goodness, from gardening and cooking with whole foods to crafting, sewing, homeschooling, and mama musings. Read more on her blog The Nettlesome Life.

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