A High Wind In Jamaica
Emily, the pirates, Tabby the cat
A forgotten, entertaining novel, at least on the American side of the Atlantic. It shows the morbid side of children, which adults should never take for granted, in a funny and morose tale of Piracy in the Caribbean.
One of the fruits of Emancipation in the West Indian islands is the number of the ruins, either attached to the houses that remain or within a stone's throw of them: ruined slaves' quarters, ruined sugar-grinding houses, ruined boiling houses; often ruined mansions that were too expensive to maintain.
Perhaps God could have picked out from among them which was Emily: but I am sure that I could not.
After I read this, it felt so vaguely familiar. Then I remembered as a kid watching a Little Rascals episode filmed in the 1930s where Spanky's gang terrorizes pirates. It's inspiration most certainly came from this popular novel at the time.