The Pirate Captain’s Daughter appeals to the early teen audience that is comfortable in the children’s room or the young adult area. Bunting has created a strong female character in Catherine, the daughter of a pirate captain. When Catherine’s mother dies, she must choose between living with her prissy aunt in Boston society or sailing aboard her father’s ship. She’s sure that her father isn’t a villain like most pirates, but his shipmates certainly are. Catherine disguises herself as a cabin boy, and passes successfully for a while. But when her identity is discovered, her father can no longer protect her. I won’t spoil the ending, but it’s action-packed. There is a brief but vague romantic interlude that makes the book more appropriate for early teens than younger readers.