Chapter One – A Knock at the Door
There was a loud rap on the door. Evie and her dad raced across the kitchen. They had been working hard all morning in the new house and they were hungry. Evie had unpacked the plates, and Dad had put the kitchen table up, just in time for a pizza lunch.
Evie got there first. “Beat you,” she said, and pulled open the door.
It wasn’t the girl with the pizza, but a tall man with a patch over one eye, a scar down his face, a red jacket and long black boots.
“Avast!” said the man.
“Avast?” said Evie. “What’s that mean?”
“Pirate speak,” said Dad, “for ‘hey’ or ‘look ’ere ye landlubbers.’ “
“You could be a pirate,” said Evie, looking thoughtfully at the man.
The pizza girl came puffing up the path. She stopped next to the pirate, holding a flat bag in front of her. Steam oozed out of the sides of the bag.
“Hurry up and build a proper road,” she said, her face red. “I’ve had to park my motorbike all over there, and walk across this rubbly stuff where your garden’s supposed to be.”
“Mum told Dad to dig the garden,” said Evie. “She’ll be home in four hours, but he keeps putting it off because he doesn’t want to do it.”
“Would have liked to be a pirate,” said Dad. “Davy Jones’ locker and shiver me timbers.”
This is the beginning of Pizzas,Pirates and a Porcupine – which was the first children’s ebook that I published. I was very lucky to find a brilliant artist to illustrate it: Christina Boon, and I am very grateful to Rachel Turner for her excellent editing.