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Champion of the Main

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Title:Champion of the Main
Author:
Johns, W. E. (William Earl)   
(56 of 100 for author by title)
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Illustrator:
Gooderham, H.   
Published:   1939
Publisher:Oxford University Press
Tags:fiction, juvenile, pirate, sailing
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Set in 1687, Mark Lawson, aged 15, waits at Port Royal in Jamaica for the return of Captain John Champion, the Captain of the “Rose of England” who has been looking for another ship named the “Silver Spray”. Champion returns with news that the “Silver Spray” has been taken by the notorious pirate, Gabriel Rochelle, known as “the Butcher”. Mark’s father, Colonel Lawson, the owner of both ships was aboard the “Silver Spray” and Mark grieves for his father’s certain death. Champion complains to Mark about the corruption in Port Royal and says that the Lieutenant Governor, the Admiralty Judge and Provost-Marshall are all in Rochelle’s pay. Mark and Champion publicly confront the three Governing Officials and in the resulting melee, a sailor is pushed onto Captain Champion’s sword. Sentenced to hang, both Champion and Mark are locked up with another condemned sailor by the name of Will Greenaway. [Suggest a different description.]

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Author Bio for Johns, W. E. (William Earl)

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William Earl Johns (1893-1968), better known as Capt. W. E. Johns, was a British author noted for his juvenile fiction featuring stories about pilots and flying. Johns first career was as a sanitary inspector but he soon gave it up to enlist in the army at the beginning of World War I. He saw action during the Gallipoli Campaign and also served garrison duty in Egypt. Afterwards he applied to serve in the Royal Flying Corps. He was posted to a flying school in England where he trained pilots. In the 1930s he began to write fiction basing his stories on his flying experience. All told he wrote over 150 novels and short stories for young boys and girls. (wejohns.com)

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