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Paul Thiès

Born in Strasbourg in 1958, the children's author, Paul Thiès, was brought up in Buenos Aires, Madrid, Tokyo, Mexico City, before settling in Paris at the age of seventeen. He has a lifelong interest in travel and sailing — and, of course, writing.

The talented artist from Morocco, Louis Alloing, worked with Paul Thiés on the Cleite collection. Louis Alloing has uillustrated many books for children, and currently lives in Paris.

Poor Cleite the pirate has been captured by the horrible pirate Féasóg Fhionn, and forced to scrub the decks. But Cleite makes a new friend, Crúca Beag. The pair of them escape to a little island. The only other person on the island is Péarla, the princess of the cannibals.... Cleite, of course, is a good pirate. He lives with all his family on the pirate ship, An Bolg Lán. When he isn't working on the ship, he spends the day searching for treasure, or playing with his friends, Crúca Beag and Péarla.
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Cleite's father and mother are always fighting. His friend, Crúca Beag, advises Cleite to go in search of a treasure on the Island of the Seven Heads. 'If you find treasure,' he says, 'your parents are sure to organize a big party. Your mother will play the harp and your father will play the trumpet, and after that they'll go dancing on deck. They'll be friends again then.' 'Do you think so?' asks Cleite.
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Cleite has been naughty. For punishment, his father sent him to search for pearls. Fortunately, his friends, Crúca Beag and Péarla, accompany him to the Island of Pearls. But Féasóg Bhearrtha, the fiercest pirate on the seven seas is on his way to the island too, in search of pearls.... Cleite, of course, is a good pirate. He lives with all his family on the pirate ship, An Bolg Lán. When he isn't working on the ship, he spends the day searching for treasure, or playing with his friends, Crúca Beag and Péarla.
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The pirate ship An Bolg Lán is under attack by monstrously huge plants and the Plúr family is in trouble. Cleite and his friends must stop the deadly plants. 'They're like... like plants that eat people...' said Cleite worriedly. Yes, they are,' said Péarla. 'Carnivorous plants.' Péarla knew about such things because she belonged to a cannibal tribe. 'It can't be!' exclaimed Cleite in fright. The flowers were growing bigger. 'Daddy,' asked Cleite, 'where have these plants come from?'
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Cleite's father and mother are always fighting. His friend, Crúca Beag, advises Cleite to go in search of a treasure on the Island of the Seven Heads. 'If you find treasure,' he says, 'your parents are sure to organize a big party. Your mother will play the harp and your father will play the trumpet, and after that they'll go dancing on deck. They'll be friends again then.' 'Do you think so?' asks Cleite. Cleite, of course, is a good pirate. He lives with all his family on the pirate ship, An Bolg Lán. When he isn't working on the ship, he spends the day searching for treasure, or playing with his friends, Crúca Beag and Péarla.
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