I was a fan of Lindsay Eager’s Hour of the Bees and so I was really excited when I was shelving one day and found this one on the shelf. And this one was even better. For starters, I wish that there had been such an awesome young scientist female protagonist like Fidelia when I was growing up. She is so cool and makes science and engineering seem to cool and fun! Add pirates who survive purely on candy and you have a great adventure. This was a really interesting middle grade novel in that parts of the story were spent only focusing on the adult characters, making them relatable to the children rather than alienating them, which many middle grade/YA books do. It showed the importance of respectful relationships between all different kinds of people. Eager completely sucked me in and I needed to know how everything was going to turn out. Also, love me some evil pirates with a soul.