The Map Maker Chronicles: Prisoner of the Black Hawk by A.L. Tait.
Part 2 of the Mapmaker Chronicles it tells of a race to map the known world by three ships whose crews and captains will do anything to be the first to accomplish this feat. The rewards for winning are crucial for all three ships.
The Libertas is at the centre of the story with a captain named Zain who is an ex slave and is disrespected by the other two captains. On board each ship is a mapmaker and they are all known to each other and have professional rivalries and jealousies. On the Libertas the mapmaker is Quinn Freeman who is outstanding and he has another skill that you will have to read the book to find out what it is.
Also on the Libertas is Ash, a girl who is passing herself off as a boy. She is smart and fearless and holds Quinn as her best friend. Will she be found out?
As the race proceeds skulduggery and treachery are aplenty and of course there are pirates who have so much gold they have painted their teeth with it.
This novel is a ripping good yarn for primary and intermediate students who love action and adventure set at a time when everybody thinks the Earth is flat and that a dragon is waiting to devour you if you go over the edge.
Great reading. I can’t wait till book 3 titled Breath of the Dragon which is due in October this year.