When 12-year-old Yeats Trafford and his parents visit his grandmother's dusty old house, he discovers a pair of pirate bookends that not only talk, they can, when united, take a reader into the world of a book. And he uncovers a secret that has haunted his family: years ago, Yeats' father William traveled into The Arabian Nights with his friend Shari, and she is still stuck in the tale. In David Ward's fantasy for readers 8 to 12, Yeats enters into the dangerous and unfamiliar world of Shaharazad—assisted by the none-too-trustworthy pirates—in order to save Shari and bring peace to his family.
"Both the fantastical and the real settings are well developed. The gruff and amusing bookend pirates are the perfect mix of heroism and pragmatism to complement Yeats."—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books