You're Not A Proper Pirate, Sidney Green! - preview

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Ruth Quayle & Deborah Allwright

For Charlie – R. Q. For Finn – D. A.

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Ruth Quayle & Deborah Allwright

On an ordinary day way back in history, like 4 or 5 or 19 weeks ago, Sidney Green and his dog, Jemima, were just playing, when . . .



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The letter said:

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“Being a proper pirate sounds like fun,” Sidney Green told Jemima. “But first we need to compete in a Very Important Race.” So he wrote a quick note back to Captain Shipshape:

“I’ll come in a minute.”





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