Pirates, humor, two kids neglected by their self-centered caregivers, and a broad dose of fantasy--all combine in a lively Australian import. At the rather grim beginning, Boadicea lives with her grandfather, Admiral Bolderack, who fills her days with chores and nautical rituals as if she were his entire crew Meanwhile, Wiggy's musician parents are totally absorbed in their profession; Wiggy does the dishes once a week but has given up on the perpetually green shower-curtain. Both outcasts at school, Boa and Wiggy have struck up a friendship made uneasy by the strong personalities that make them survivors. Then, Boa accidentally (and magically) summons the Admiral's crew, terrible pirates who are at first bent on revenge but who prove--in the best classic tradition--to be yearning for a comfortable retirement. Shared between the two homes, they give the Admiral someone to boss and take over the cooking and cleaning for Wiggy. Slow to start, but Fienberg's deft plotting keeps the story moving along, while her unique, witty solutions to the children's comically exaggerated (but all-too-common) plight give it an extra dimension. Exhibiting a notably sure touch with an agile black line, James appropriately caricatures everyone--especially the pirates. A promising read aloud choice.