Posted by Kristi on September 16, 2009
Avast, me hearties! Me favorite holiday, International Talk Like a Pirate Day, be this Saturday, September 19. So all ye landlubbers grab yer wooden leg, eyepatch, and parrot and get ready to celebrate in proper pirate fashion. Need some help with yer pirate lingo? Try here. Or ye can take this quiz to see how well ye know yer pirate history. And don’t forget to come to the library and check out some of the fine pirate booty listed below!
|Airborn by Kenneth Oppel
Matt is a cabin boy aboard the Aurora, a luxury airship. Kate, a passenger, is determined to prove that the strange creatures her grandfather saw in the area really exist. But after pirates attack the ship, they become shipwrecked on a seemingly deserted island. Can Matt and Kate escape in time to stop the brigands from stealing the Aurora?
|Nick of Time by Ted Bell
On the eve of World War II, Nick and his sister are spying for Winston Churchill. But the Nazis become the least of Nick’s problems after he discovers a time machine hidden in a cove. Unfortunately, the evil pirate Captain Billy Blood, who travels through time capturing children and holding them for ransom, will stop at nothing to possess the priceless machine.
|Pirates! by Celia Rees
Nancy Kington is a wealthy merchant’s daughter. Minerva Sharpe is a penniless slave living and working on the Kington’s Jamaican plantation. These two young women, united through a set of extraordinary circumstances including a brutal murder, and an arranged marriage, find themselves sailing the high seas in search of love, adventure and freedom—as pirates!
|Vampirates: Demons of the Ocean by Justin Somper
Twins, Connor and Grace, never dreamed that there was any truth to the Vampirate shanty their father sang to them before he died, but that was before the two were shipwrecked and separated from each other. For Connor, who is taken aboard a pirate ship, there’s the chance to learn to swordfight, but for Grace, aboard a mysterious ship of vampire pirates, the danger is great. What will it take for them to find each other?
|Polly and the Pirates by Ted Naifeh
This graphic novel by the creator of Courtney Crumrin tells the story of Polly, who has grown up in a prim and proper boarding school, far from any kind of adventure – and she likes it that way. But when she discovers that she’s actually related to the Pirate Queen, she’s got to find her inner-adventurer. Hijinks and high adventure await in the world of the pirates, can Polly rise to the occasion?
|Piracy: The Complete History by Angus Konstam
Pirate expert Angus Konstam sails through the brutal history of piracy, from the pirates who plagued the Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans to the Viking raids on northern Europe through the golden age of piracy and on to the era of privateers who flourished during a period of constant warring on the European continent.
|Sea Queens: Women Pirates Around the World by Jane Yolen
Throughout the ages, women from all classes and walks of life turned to pirating out of necessity, desperation, or greed. Meet Artemisia, the admiral-queen of Persia in 500 BC; Grania O’Malley, the Irish “pirate queen” who challenged Queen Elizabeth I’s ships; Madame Ching, who sailed the South China Sea in the early 1800s; and more.
|The Dust of 100 Dogs by A.S. King
In the late seventeenth century, famed teenage pirate Emer Morrisey was on the cusp of escaping the pirate life with her one true love and unfathomable riches when she was slain and cursed with “the dust of one hundred dogs,” dooming her to one hundred lives as a dog before returning to a human body – with her memories intact. Now she’s a contemporary American teenager and all she needs is a shovel and a ride to Jamaica.