HONOUR BOOK: CBCA Book of the Year, Younger Readers, 2003..No one, living or dead, was ever more polite than Horrendo. In all his eleven years he'd never said a rude word to anyone. But was his mother proud of her charming son? Not at all! For Horrendo lived in a cruel world where kind words were as rare as dragons' teeth, and pirates stole away twelve-year-old boys from under their mothers' noses ...A rollicking adventure on the high seas, bursting with fierce fights, foul food and bad behaviour.
HONOUR BOOK 2003: Children's Book of the year Awards (The Children's Book Council of Australia). In the category: 2003 Book of the Year - Younger Readers.
Shortlisted for Children's Book Council of Australia Awards: Book of the Year - Young Readers 2003.
'A great, imaginative, funny, entertaining story. - 'Wendy O'Hanlon, Sunshine Coast Sunday, 7 April 2002 'A magnificent book about the swashbuckling life of the sea ... an excellent and captivating story.' - Lyndon Riggall, The Examiner(Tasmania), 18 May 2002 'This is a very funny story, cleverly told because it is never overdone ... the word play is gentle and subtle ... Another delightful story from one of Australia's top children's authors. - 'David Beagley, Bendigo Advertiser, 1 June 2002 Kept me entertained from the first page' - UK School Librarian