The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones by Will Mabbitt, illus Ross Collins.
If you pick your nose and eat it, don’t get caught. Mabel Jones gets spotted by Idyryss Ebenezer Split the crusty captain of the pirate ship The Feroshus Maggot and is bagged by Omynus Hussh and taken to the weird world of the Seven Seas.
The other pirates are not happy about having a girl on board but when the Captain discovers she can read he sets her a task of finding all the pieces of a broken X which he tells her is the keyhole to getting her back home. But what else is it for?
Mabel says fine and sets about tracking down some weird characters and creatures who have to be relieved of their bit of X. This is not an easy task and requires daring and ingenuity from the feisty Mabel in the strange world.
There is a map in the front and the plot is told with a variety of fonts and the excellent illustrations of Ross Collins.
Good easy reading from a new author for reluctant readers and lots of cleverness with the tale of Moby Dick and other classics.
For primary and intermediate readers.