Written by Hope Larson
Illustrated by Rebecca Mock
New York City, 1860. When their father goes missing, twelve-year-old twins Alexander and Cleopatra Dodge join the Black Hook Gang. Soon after, Alex is arrested for burglary, but the twins cut a deal with the police chief and leave town to start a new life. They assume different identities, but upon their arrival in New Orleans, they find even more trouble. Alex is separated from his sister and pressed into service on a ship bound for San Francisco, and Cleo, hoping to meet him at the end of his journey, stows away on a steamer ship.
What neither twin realizes is that they hold the keys to a lost pirate treasure, and the pirates want it back. Pursued by the bloodthirsty Captain Felix Worley and Luther, vengeful leader of the Black Hook Gang, Alex and Cleo must survive a series of harrowing adventures if they’re ever going to see each other–or their father–again.
Praise for Compass South:
“A gorgeously executed, lively caper.”
-Booklist (starred review)