Angus Solomon, 12, aches to be a fearless and free pirate like Bumface, hero of stories he tells his younger brother and sister. But he can’t. He has to mind them while his mother is busy being a famous television mom. His father and stepfathers have other kids, too. It’s a sad situation turned kooky when Angus also chases after a part in the school play, plots to keep his mom from getting pregnant again, and struggles to keep a new friend, Rindi, from an arranged marriage with a much older man in India. Morris Gleitzman, notably honored for his books for kids, as well as his internationally acclaimed novel, Two Weeks with the Queen, delightfully performs his own work.