Swashbuckling Scoundrels

Pirates in Fact and Fiction

  • Interest Level: Grade 5 - Grade 12   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 7

You might be a fan of Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. But did you know that real-life pirates were even more daring and charismatic? For example, Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard, reportedly kept a lit fuse under his hat, creating a frightening haze of smoke around his head. William Fly, convicted of piracy in 1726, had to show his executioner how to tie the noose that went around his neck at the gallows.

Pirates are outlaws who commit crimes at sea. Throughout history they have attacked cargo-laden ships to pillage gold, silver, human slaves, and valuable foodstuffs. Twenty-first-century pirates take crews hostage and demand ransoms. Some even siphon off petroleum from tanker ships.

The world of pirates is one of violence and economic desperation. Yet over the centuries, pirates have acquired a reputation as rugged adventurers and heroes. Novelists, playwrights, cartoonists, and screenwriters have created a wide range of tales showing pirates as noble and even lovable figures.

Swashbuckling Scoundrels introduces readers to real-life pirates—medieval Viking raiders, Caribbean buccaneers, black pirates, female pirates, and modern-day pirates—as well as famous fictional characters such as Long John Silver and Mary “Jacky” Faber of the Bloody Jack series of novels. See how historical and fictional pirates compare and why we thrill to tales of daring outlaw pirates.

Format List Price Your Price Qty
978-1-4677-5252-7
$33.32 $24.99
978-1-4677-5253-4
$50.65 $37.99
Interest Level Grade 5 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 7
Genre Nonfiction, Young Adult
Subject Social Studies
Copyright 2016
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 72
Publication Date 2015-08-01
BISACS YAN025000, YAN038060
Dewey 910.4'5
Dimensions 7 x 9
Lexile 1180
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Bibliography/further reading, Index, Primary source quotations/images, Reviewed, Source notes, and Table of contents

Reviews

Kirkus Reviews

“A slender but sweeping survey of piracy on the high seas….Broad of beam for being so shallow of draft but seaworthy for all its distinctly romanticized picture.”―Kirkus Reviews

Author: Arie Kaplan

Arie Kaplan has written jokes and comedy sketches for the television series TruTV Presents: World's Dumbest…. He has also written humor articles for MAD Magazine. Aside from his work as a comedy writer, Arie has written numerous nonfiction books for young readers on subjects ranging from the life of Vlad the Impaler to the history of pop music. As a comics writer, he has written comic book stories and graphic novels for DC Comics, Archie Comics, Bongo Comics, IDW Publishing, Penguin Young Readers Group, and other publishers. He is the author of the acclaimed nonfiction book From Krakow to Krypton: Jews and Comic Books, which was a 2008 finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. He lives with his family in New York City. Please check out his website, www.ariekaplan.com