Arrr, here be pirates!

In honor of International Talk Like a Pirate Day on September 19th, we’ve brought you a selection of swash-buckling tales. Read them or walk the plank!

Juvenile Fiction

Treasure Island adapted to manga by Jun Wang (Fiction TRE)

Young stowaway Jim Hawkins throws in his lot with pirates Black Dog, Blind Pew, and the unforgettable Long John Silver in this manga-style retelling of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic adventure story. Jim, overly romantic about life on the high seas, is unprepared for the frightening events ahead, including mutiny and an armed battle that poses a grim dilemma: should his loyalty lie with Captain Smollett or Long John Silver?

Lost Treasures of the Pirates of the Carribbean (Fiction OWEN James)

You may think you know all about the pirates of the Caribbean, but there’s more….During the golden age of the pirates in the eighteenth century, a family of mapmakers was entrusted with all of the greatest pirates’ secrets. The McGees were commissioned by buccaneers to draw maps to their buried treasure. But the family had a secret of its own: The McGees hid clues in their maps to lead others to the pirates’ loot! These maps have been lost for hundreds of years–until now.The brothers Owen have recreated thirteen of the original McGee maps–along with clues that may reveal a long-missing fourteenth map. As you read the history, legends, and lore of the pirates of the Caribbean, look for the clues to help you discover the missing treasure map.

Nick of Time by Ted Bell (Fiction BELL Ted) see also The Time Pirate

The setting is England, 1939, on the eve of war. Nick and his younger sister, Kate, live in a lighthouse on the smallest of the Channel Islands. Nick and Kate come to the aid of their father who is engaged in a desperate war of espionage with German U-boat wolf packs that are circling the islands.  One day Nick discovers an old sea chest, left for him by his ancestor, Captain Nicholas McIver of the Royal Navy. Inside, he finds a time machine and a desperate plea for help from the captain. He uses the machine to return to the year 1805 where he discovers Captain McIver and, indeed, Admiral Nelson’s entire fleet threatened by the treachery of the French and the mutinous Captain Billy Blood. Nick must reach deep inside, using his wits, courage, and daring to rescue the imperiled British sailors.

Piratica: A Daring Tale of a Singular Girl’s Adventure (Fiction LEE Tanith)

Artemesia is the daughter of a pirate queen, and she’s sick of practicing deportment at the Angels Academy for Young Maidens. Escaping from the school, she hunts up her mother’s crew and breezily commands them out to sea in a leaky boat. Unfortunately, Art’s memories of her early life may not be accurate-her seasick crew are actors, and Art’s infamous mother was the darling of the stage in a pirate drama. But fiery, pistol-proof Art soon shapes her men into the cleverest pirate crew afloat. And when they meet the dread ship Enemy and her beautiful, treacherous captain, Goldie Girl, Art is certain that her memories are real. The Seven Seas aren’t large enough for two pirate queens: Art will have the battle of her life to win her mother’s title–and the race for the most fabulous treasure in pirate lore.

Castaways of the Flying Dutchman (Fiction JACQUES Brian) see also The Angel’s Command: A Tale from the Castaways of the Flying Dutchman

The Flying Dutchman ! The legend of the wind-tattered ghost ship and its mad sea Captain, cursed to sail the seas forever, has been passed down throughout the centuries. But what of the young boy and his dog who were trapped aboard that ship? What became of them? In this, one of Brian Jacques ‘s most original adventures, the castaway boy and dog set off on an eternal journey of their own, braving icy wind and waves to arrive at strange shores, and explore new places and times. The unlikely Chapelvale village is their first destination, a Victorian town under siege. If Ben and his dog, Ned, can help the townspeople figure out the clues and riddles hidden beneath floorboards and deep inside wells–perhaps they can save Chapelvale and its people as well.


The Pirates of Plagiarism by Kathleen Fox (Easy DOW L.)

An attempt by Captain Bumbo and his crew of pirates to steal a treasure chest from the Clearview Elementary School library serves as a lesson on plagiarism and its pitfalls.

Judy Moody & Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt (Easy MCD)

As soon as the Moody family drops anchor on Artichoke Island, they are greeted by the mysterious Cap’n Weevil, a one-eyed buccaneer with a scraggly beard and a secret treasure map. Soon, Stink and Judy are racing across the island in search of pirate gold.

The No-Good Do-Good Pirates by Jim Kraft (Easy KRA)

Captain Squint and his pirate crew spend their days doing evil deeds. When at last the gang is captured, the judge says they can go free–if they do one good deed before sunset. But what’s a good deed? Can these pirates save themselves from prison?

My Mom the Pirate by Jackie French (Easy FRE)

Cecil’s mom wears high black boots and makes her enemies walk the plank. Is she really a pirate?

Picture Books

The Pirate Cruncher by Jonny Duddle (Picture DUD)

A mysterious old pirate tells a tavern of salty seadogs about an island bursting with hidden treasure. But once they set sail, he also mentions that it is guarded by the terrible Pirate Cruncher. When the pirates’ greed gets the better of their fear, there’s a big surprise in store!

You Can Do Anything, Daddy by Michael Rex (Picture REX)

If your dad is willing to save you from pirates, gorilla pirates, robot gorilla pirates and even robot gorilla pirates from Mars, you know he’ll do anything for you. And if that makes your dad hungry and thirsty or if he gets cuts and bruises, you know just how to take care of him right back.

Pirate Bob by Kathryn Lasky (Picture LAS)

Describes the life of a pirate, named simply Bob, whose job is to cut the steering cables and cripple the ships he and his shipmates will loot.

Don’t Mention Pirates by Sarah McConnell (Picture MCC)

Scarlet Silver is a little girl who wants to become a pirate–just like her aunt, Long Joan Silver. But there is one rule in the Silver house: Don’t mention pirates. That rule has been in effect ever since the day that bad luck befell Grandma Silver. She was accidentally eaten by a giant shrimp. But Scarlet still wants to be a pirate. What she loves to do best is to go treasure hunting with her treasure detector. Most of the time she doesn’t find anything valuable, but one day she discovers something that looks very much like real gold!

Henry and the Buccaneer Bunnies by Carolyn Crimi (Picture CRI)

Aboard a ship called the Salty Carrot sails a wild, rowdy band of Buccaneer Bunnies. Their leader, Barnacle Black Ear, is the baddest bunny brute of all time, but his son refuses to perform his proper pirating duties. Henry would rather read books than shout “Shiver me timbers!” or make prisoners walk the plank — even if it means he has to swab the decks as punishment. But when a crashing, bashing, thrashing wildcat of a storm threatens the Salty Carrot and its crew, will Henry and his landlubbin’ library save the day?

Compiled by Jennifer in Reference.


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