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Pirates and privateers of the high seas
Wren, Laura Lee.
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Publication Information:
Berkeley Heights, NJ : Enslow Publishers, [2003]

Physical Description:
104 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Describes the lives of the pirates Sir Francis Drake, Sir Henry Morgan, Henry Avery, Samuel Bellamy, Edward Teach, Anne Bonny, Mary Read, Bartholomew Roberts, John Paul Jones, Jean Laffite, and Cheng I Sao.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 7.4 3.0 72016.
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G535 .W74 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Tales of buried treasures, mysterious ships, and exotic journeys makes the life of a pirate seem fascinating and entertaining. However, most pirates used violence and thievery as a way of life. Their hopes were to live off the riches of their plunder, however few lived long enough to enjoy it. Some pirates saw themselves as privateers on a mission for their government. Others had no allegiances and used no discretion in their pillage. Readers will learn about Sir Francis Drake, Sir Henry Morgan, Henry Avery, Samuel Bellamy, Edward Teach, Anne Bonny and Mary Read, Bartholomew Roberts, John Paul Jones, Jean Laffite, and Cheng I Sao.

Author Notes

Laura Lee Wren has been writing for young people since 1988 and has worked as an instructor for adults who also wish to write children's literature. She lives in a log home on a lake in the Northeast with her husband, Sean, their three children and many pets

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-The swashbuckling lives of pirates and buccaneers are retold as something straight out of a Hollywood script in this brief collective biography. The text begins with a profile of Sir Francis Drake, an Englishman who plundered Spanish ships and was rewarded handsomely by Queen Elizabeth I. Other pirates include Sir Henry Morgan, or Morgan the Terrible; Blackbeard; and Jean Laffite. Some of the lesser-known pirates presented are Anne Bonny and Mary Read, who disguised themselves as men while performing their exploits; and Cheng I Sao, known as the "Dragon Lady," who plundered coasts from China to Vietnam. The history reads like an adventure story with several dramatic incidents of piracy on the high seas. However, the author is careful not to romanticize the actions, noting the violence of the escapades and the fact that these individuals were considered either heroes or villains depending upon which side of the plunder you were on. The words "terror" and "terrorist" are used to describe the pirates and their activities. The design and the layout are quite gray with average-quality, black-and-white reproductions occasionally breaking up the text.-Kristen Oravec, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Strongsville, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 7
1 Sir Francis Drake: Pirate or Hero?p. 11
2 Sir Henry Morgan: Morgan the Terriblep. 19
3 Henry Avery: The Arch-Piratep. 29
4 Samuel Bellamy: Pirate Princep. 35
5 Edward Teach: Blackbeardp. 43
6 Anne Bonny and Mary Read: Pirate Queensp. 51
7 Bartholomew Roberts: Black Bart, the Crimson Piratep. 61
8 John Paul Jones: Father of the American Navyp. 69
9 Jean Laffite: Gentleman Smugglerp. 77
10 Cheng I Sao: Dragon Ladyp. 87
Glossaryp. 93
Chapter Notesp. 94
Further Reading and Internet Addressesp. 102
Indexp. 103