This is the story of young Grace O’Malley. Grace lives on a small farm that consists of a goat and a dog (but the dog only lives with them when Mr. O’Malley isn’t home). Her mother has died, and Grace must care for her father and sister on her own. Their house isn’t spectacular, and Grace isn’t the best cook, but she does her best. So when her second cousin, Fiona, comes, Grace feels a bit of offense. To make her even more on edge, she accidentally brakes her teacher’s Christmas bell. Can she get along with her cousin? How will Grace admit that she broke the bell? That’s where the Pirate queen comes in.
The Gift of The Pirate Queen is a fairly short read, but it’s good. It’s really not about a Pirate queen, but a young girl who gets encouraged by the story of one. I recommend this book for our younger readers, or girls who just want a quick read in the car.