Thursday, September 19, 2013

Talk Like a Pirate Day

ARGH! Today be the day we talk like pirates! So while your day's becalmed, grab a book or walk the plank! (And in true pirate fashion, today we cribbed the annotations from WorldCat)


Pirates! by Celia Rees. In 1722, after arriving with her brother at the family's Jamaican plantation where she is to be married off, sixteen-year-old Nancy Kington escapes with her slave friend, Minerva Sharpe, and together they become pirates traveling the world in search of treasure.

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray. When a plane crash strands thirteen teen beauty contestants on a mysterious island, they struggle to survive, to get along with one another, to combat the island's other diabolical occupants, and to learn their dance numbers in case they are rescued in time for the competition. (Jennie adds: some of the "other diabolical occupants" = pirates.)

A Thousand Years of Pirates by William Gilkerson. From the days of the Vikings to the present and in all the oceans of the world, pirates have made their presence known and feared. Recorded here are their stories along with striking images of ships, storms at sea, and secret harbors where "black ships" could be re-stocked and refitted.


Demons of the Ocean by Justin Somper. When twins Connor and Grace's ship is wrecked in a storm and Connor is rescued by pirates, he believes that Grace has been taken aboard the mythical Vampirate's ship, and he is determined to find her. The first in the Vampirates series (VAMPIRE PIRATES! VAMPIRATES!) follow it with Tide of Terror.

Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy by LA Meyer. Reduced to begging and thievery in the streets of London, a thirteen-year-old orphan disguises herself as a boy and connives her way onto a British warship set for high sea adventure in search of pirates. The first in the Jacky Faber series, follow it with Curse of the Blue Tattoo.

The Assassin's Curse by Cassandra Rose Clark. Ananna of the Tanarau abandons ship when her parents try to marry her off to another pirate clan. But that only prompts the scorned clan to send an assassin after her. When Ananna faces him down one night, armed with magic she doesn't really know how to use, she accidentally activates a curse binding them together. To break the spell, Ananna and the assassin must complete three impossible tasks all while grappling with evil wizards, floating islands, haughty manticores, runaway nobility, strange magic...and the growing romantic tension between them. Follow it with The Pirate's Wish.


To Catch A Pirate by Jade Parker. When sixteen-year-old Annalisa Townsend's ship is set upon by pirates in search of her father's treasure she hides, but one of the pirates finds her and steals a precious necklace.

The Pirate Captain's Daughter by Eve Bunting. Upon her mother's death, fifteen-year-old Catherine puts her courage and strength to the test by disguising herself as a boy to join her father, a pirate captain, on a ship whose crew includes men who are trying to steal a treasure from him. Follow it with Voyage of the Sea Wolf.

Pirate Curse by Kai Meyer, translated from the German by Elizabeth D. Crawford. In a place similar to the 1706 Caribbean, two fourteen-year-old "polliwogs"--Humans who can walk on water--rely on a mysterious figure known as the Ghost Trader and a band of pirates to help them escape from the evil that is chasing them. The first in the Wave Walker's series, follow it with Pirate Emperor.

Avast! What books do you read when you're watch?

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