Author(s): Donovan Bixley
So...how do you go to the toilet on a great sailing warship? Worse - what do you do when your breeches are about your ankles, your naked nether regions are hanging out over the dark frothing ocean 20 feet below - and you're cornered by a hideous phantom, hell-bent on revenge? Young Jimmy has a problem - no, it's not the crazy men in his gun crew, the older bully boys, awful amputations, exploding diarrhoea, or the food that would make a landlubber ill. Jimmy's problem is that he can see the dead. And they scare the flapping halibut out of him! Worse still, the ship is headed for bloodcurdling battle where the dead will be thick as flies - maybe even as thick as some of Jimmy's crew mates. As the odds pile against him, can Jimmy turn his secret curse into a powerful ally?
Finalist: New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2015
Winner, Junior Fiction Category, NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2015.
Donovan Bixley is a talented artist and designer with a range of styles. He was the illustrator of The Three Bears (Sort of), Phoebe and the Night Creatures, Wacko Kakapo, The Tuatara and the Skink, and A Right Royal Christmas. Perhaps best known for the very popular Dinosaur Rescue series of junior novels, into which Donovan injected a ton of hilarity in the illustrations. His work is bright and energetic with a terrific sense of humour. Donovan lives in Taupo with his family. This is the first novel he has written and illustrated.