A story about a young man's adventures among pirates. I'm just a few chapters into it. I like the pace of the story, but I think the language is so antiquated it would be hard for children to understand, especially the Scottish dialect (while beautifully broken-down phonetically, I only can decifer half the words). Anywho, my first impressions of the book are favorable, and it should be a brief read.
Update 1/11/12: Finished two days ago. I think the story would make a great screen-play in the hands of the right writers to be turned into a great action movie. But the 18th-century language plus the ship jargon that was like Greek to me, the book was hard to persue in some points. Even when the plot was exciting, I didn't feel excited. Sadly, the author died at a young age shortly after it's publication. If he'd had the opportunity to write more I'm sure he would've created some wonderful stories.
Next Newbery book: "Tales from Silver Lands" by Charles Finger. I already have my copy, I just keep forgetting to get it out of the library bag.