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7 Swashbuckling Tales Celebrating International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Yo, ho, ho, me hearties!

In honour of β€œInternational Talk Like A Pirate Day” below be ye finding a treasure filled list of me favourite pirate tales for me second lot of themed book recommendations. Plunder yer local library or bookstore for 1, 2 or all of these outrageous yarns, an’ be swept away on the tides of adventure!

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The Pirate Meets the QueenThe Pirate Meets the Queen by Matt Faulkner | All ages
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This exciting tale tells the story of the real life Pirate Queen Grace O’Malley who was a feared corsair all her life and respected by everyone she met – even Queen Elizabeth!

Born in Ireland in the 1500’s, Grace quickly carved out a reputation for herself that was unmatched in that part of the world for centuries. Readers will delight in the captivating true story paired with stunning illustrations that bring to life the seas of 16th century Ireland in vivid detail.


Peter PanPeter Pan by J.M. Barrie | 3-4th Grade+
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Everyone remembers the fearsome Captain Hook from this timeless tale. Without his relentless pursuit of Peter the fantastical world of Never-Never Land wouldn’t be half so captivating.

A menace to Lost boys, Indian girls, and his own crew alike, the only two inhabitants not afraid of Hook are Peter…and the hungry crocodile.


The Legend of LukeThe Legend of Luke by Brian Jacques | Ages 10+
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Beloved children’s author Brian Jacques delivers a superb tale of mystery and heartbreak told through the eyes of Luke, the father of the Infamous Martin the Warrior of Redwall Abbey.

After losing his tribe to a vicious Pirate Captain, Luke makes it his life’s mission to right the wrongs done against him and gathers many steadfast companions along the way.

(A great many of the Redwall tales also feature pirates – “Mariel of Redwall”, “Triss”, and “The Pearls of Lutra” are 3 notable stories in the series.)


Treasure IslandTreasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson | Ages 10+
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The quintessential pirate tale, this epic classic has it all: mystery, intrigue, double crossing, pirates, a long forgotten secret, swashbuckling action, and most important of all – buried treasure!

Join young Jim as the ransacking of his mother’s inn plunges him headfirst into a dangerous and thrilling world that he must navigate expertly – or perish.


Tedenbarr of Have LathTedenbarr of Have Lath by Esther T. Jones | Grades 6+
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Tedenbarr might have journeyed safely to the Eastern Kingdom and back, missing out on the adventure of a lifetime if the Black Sailed Pirates – absent for 15 years and suddenly returned, hadn’t attacked and sunk the cargo ship he was on.

As he makes his way home after his narrow escape from their deathly clutches, Tedenbarr hopes to stay clear of their destructive path – but no one can outrun the Fraecana forever…


One PieceOne Piece by Eiichiro Oda | Ages 12+
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A charming & hilarious – often brash, sometimes heartbreaking, but always dramatic – saga, this manga hailing from Japan tells the story of Luffy, a pirate boy with a stretchy rubber body, whose aim is to enter the Grand Line, reclaim Gold Roger’s hidden treasure known as One Piece, and become king of the pirates.

Along the way, Luffy collects a staunch cohort of friends and allies who never fail to fight by his side against the corrupt navy and the evil pirates of the high seas.


Under the Jolly RogerUnder the Jolly Roger by L. A. Meyer | Ages 12+
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The third in a meaty 12-book series, Under the Jolly Roger follows Mary β€œJacky” Faber’s adventures as she is dubbed a pirate, loses the love of her life to another, classier girl, and becomes captain of her own ship before half the book is through.

Leaving her past behind won’t be easy, but Jacky must do it if she is to embrace her destiny, and truly become the woman she is meant to be.

(A note to parents – although the publisher’s suggested audience is middle school ongoing, the themes and subject matter of the series might best be suited to 10th – 12th readers and up.)

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5 Great Thought Provoking Books About Freedom

Hello Friends!

Welcome to the first in a series of theme based reading recommendations. Whether you’re reminiscing over old favourites, or looking for something new to add to you or your family/friend’s bookshelves, the books mentioned below are sure to delight and entertain.


Twice FreedTwice Freed by Patricia St John | Grades 3+
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A captivating tale that follows Onesimus, the unrepentant slave of Philemon, who doesn’t understand what all the fuss is about this β€œgospel” that’s come from Israel. Afterall, if his master is a new, better person now, shouldn’t he free Onesimus?

A wonderful story based around real biblical figures, “Twice Freed” should be on every child’s bookshelf.


Molly BannakyMolly Bannaky by Alice McGill | All ages
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Set in the early days of Colonial America, this beautifully illustrated children’s storybook explores the past of indentured servitude that brought Molly (the grandmother of the renowned Benjamin Banneker) to America where she met the kidnapped African prince who became her husband.


The circle of shadowsThe Circle of Shadows by Jenny Robertson | Ages 8+
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A masterfully written story, short yet breathtaking in theme, scope, and prose, “The Circle of Shadows” is about a young Gaelic boy captured by the Romans and thereby brought into the hearing of the truth of the gospel.

Although he never forgets his homeland, Dercc comes to realise that the dark arts practiced by the druids are the true chains binding his people, and the freedom he so desires is not physical but spiritual.


Tedenbarr of Have LathTedenbarr of Have Lath by Esther T. Jones | Grades 6+
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Tedenbarr has been a slave all his life, but when the opportunity unexpectedly arises for him to seize his freedom, Tedenbarr finds himself caught between the taste of a life he’s never had, and the friends he will have to leave behind if he pursues this sudden turn of good fortune.

As he wrestles with this dilemma, Tedenbarr finds himself on the adventure of a lifetime, new adversaries and allies alike appearing at every turn.


Ben-Hur: A Tale of the ChristBen-Hur: A Tale of the Christ by Lew Wallace | Grades 7+
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This list wouldn’t be complete if it didn’t include the classic, β€œBen Hur.” Revolving around Judah, a young Jewish man living during the time of the new testament, the story takes us on a fantastic journey of love, betrayal, and redemption.

(More interesting still is that the author starting working on the book almost as a mental exercise, and ended up professing faith during the writing of it). The galley scene aboard the roman ship was masterfully depicted on film in the 1950’s, and serves as a powerful reminder of both the cruelty and kindness of men.

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