About genres. I call Pirate’s Story a Young Adult story, but there are heavier themes inside of it. And nicer things, but who cares about them?
My point is: I chose Young Adult because I feel Middle Grade might be too young for some of the themes. Well, then again, I do remember reading GRENDEL by John Gardner when I was fifteen. Maybe not the best idea.
The old apple-on-a-string trick might work on Pirate, but Knight’s a different cup of tea. (Don’t try using that on her either.) I also think that Knight’s less blindly optimistic than Pirate, so she’s less likely to fall for them anyway.