The Jolley-Rogers - a pirate family, are moving to Dull-on-Sea, a quiet seaside town. Stopping to fix up their ship, this unusual family get the whole neighbourhood spreading rumours. Defying the grown-ups, Matilda from next door decides to become friends with the youngest pirate son. When the Jolley-Rogers leave, the town discovers they were wrong to assume the worst - the pirate clan have buried treasure in everyone's gardens (shown in a stunning double-gatefold). Matilda feels sad until she discovers her own treasure - an incredibly exciting new pen friend.
This book has been awarded five stars as it was recognised by the Children's Book Of the Year Award, and the Specsavers Award. The British Book Awards or Nibbies has a history of different names. Originally called the British Book Awards, it was renamed the Galaxy National Book Awards (2010-11), then the Specsavers National Book Awards (2012-2014). In 2017 the award was renamed to the original British Book Awards or Nibbies. It is known as the Nibbies because of the golden nib-shaped trophy given to winners.