Lives of the Pirates: Swashbucklers, Scoundrels (Neighbors Beware!)

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9780152059088: Lives of the Pirates: Swashbucklers, Scoundrels (Neighbors Beware!)

Every kid knows that pirates talk funny, swing a big sword, and seek buried treasure—don’t they? What do we really know about Blackbeard, Madame Cheng, Sir Francis Drake, and other men and women of pirate history? What drove them to sail the high seas? What were their bad habits, favorite foods, and silly quirks? And did they actually talk like that?

     A lively style, lots of surprises, and solid research have made the Lives of . . . series of collective biographies popular with both kids and adults. Now the series returns, spanning the globe with profiles of the nineteen most notorious pirates in history.

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Kathleen Krull has written much innovative nonfiction for young people, including all of the books in the Lives of . . . series, and has made a chatty, accessible approach to biography her hallmark. She lives in San Diego, California. Visit her website at www.kathleenkrull.com. Kathryn Hewitt's caricatures of famous figures led kids to dub the Lives of . . . series the "Big Head" books. She has illustrated many books for young readers, some of which she also wrote. She lives in Santa Monica, California. Visit her website at www.kathrynhewitt.com.

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Krull continues her Lives Of series (LIVES OF THE PRESIDENTS, LIVES OF THE WRITERS, LIVES OF THE ATHLETES) with the group kids love best: those dirty, dastardly, devilish pirates. Ray Childs takes all the male parts, and Kymberly Dakin handles a healthy contingent of female swashbucklers, including Madame Chung, Lady Mary Killigrew, and Grace O'Malley. There's a tongue-in-cheek tone to each entry, although the book is rich in facts, details, and intriguing speculation, such as which famous male pirate might actually have been a woman. Nineteen profiles-from the real-life Blackbeard to the fictional Long John Silver-make up this crew. The two narrators sail through the short biographies with grace and wit, letting listeners know that today's pirates are ocean-going thugs-and that people felt the same way in days of yore. M.M.C. AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine

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