Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 8/1/2006

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 1
ISBN : 9781467818995
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5x8
Page Count : 288
ISBN : 9781425937379

About the Book

Tiptoe into your kitchen and look beyond nature’s design.  Yes, there topping the cabinet.  Of course, you say, it’s only a countertop.  But, do not stop there.  Look into the countertop.  Look right there, boys and girls, right under your fingertips, cold and hard in its swirls, chips, and crystals.

Do you see them?  Once you open your eyes, surely you will see the faces.  Why, in the right-hand corner alone there is Queenie Ester, and the Child Pirate.  And look there, just a little lower and see the Child-faced Cat, and Susan the Orphan.  They are trapped there in time.  They can never come out, but always they are changing, evolving.  Each of them can be discovered, and then with merely a swish of a rag, each evolves into something else.

But they are always, always present, for they are each part of a tale from the granite countertop. They have whispered their tales into my imagination, and now I shall share them with you.


In this book we find the story of Briney McDoogal, abandoned as a baby by his mother and thrust upon his father, the brave pirate Captain Thomas McDoogal, and his crew of Gypsy Laddie pirates.  Do not feel sorry for Briney.  He lives a remarkable life, salty with danger and peppered with real pirate adventures as he sails from Scotland to the sandy shores of Jamaica and uncovers mysterious clues for a hidden treasure.  But alas, as you shall soon read, all is not well for Briney.  He must beware, for someone is watching his every move.  Join Briney McDoogal, the Child Pirate, as he and a schooner full of other captivating characters blend imagination with history for a truly a wild adventure on the high seas.

About the Author

As a child, Susan Troutt was blessed with good teachers who introduced her to writing.  She wrote, and in return, they displayed her stories in the hallway, entered her essays in contests, praised her pieces, and encouraged her to continue writing.  When she grew up, she became a teacher, guiding fourth graders to love the written word and helping them to find their own true joy in writing.


Now retired from teaching, Susan Troutt lives in Northern Kentucky with her husband James.  She has three children, Wendy, Christopher, and Patrick, two dogs, and a cat and is allowed to write and share the magic of words to her heart’s content.