Avast! It’s Talk Like a Pirate Day September 19, 2017 – Posted in: Book Recommendations – Tags: , ,

As you may or may not be aware, today, September 19, is Talk Like a Pirate Day, a very serious and totally not made up holiday that we highly encourage you to observe in your classroom, your library, and/or your home. Don’t know your bilge from your bowsprit? What better way to learn than by reading!

The pirate subgenre is incredibly popular, and we wanted to share a few of our favorite offerings. Keep in mind that this is an incredibly small sampling of what’s out there—there were so many great books to choose from that we decided to narrow it down to ones that were published within the last two years. If you have a favorite that didn’t make the list, let us know!

1. Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

Feiwel & Friends, 2017

In this YA debut, the first in a planned duology, a teenage pirate captain allows herself to be captured in order to steal an ancient map from her enemies. The sequel comes out in February of next year. You should read it if… you love feisty heroines who don’t mind getting blood on their hands. The author also has a great sense of humor.

2. The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

Greenwillow, 2016

As long as he has a map for it, Nix’s father can sail to any time or place, real or imagined. But he’s obsessed with finding the map that will allow them to see her mother again, even though getting it could erase Nix from history. You should read it if… you liked Alexandra Bracken’s Passenger. Also there are tiny dragons.

3. Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell

Simon Pulse, 2016

Gwen has spent her whole life on the run from the monsters her mother claims are hunting them. It’s not until she and her best friend are kidnapped that Gwen realizes her mother’s monsters are real. You should read it if… you’re looking for a darker take on Neverland. This is definitely a YA book, complete with love triangle (if the phrase “sexy Captain Hook” turns you off, it’s probably not for you), but there’s lots of focus on the friendship element as well.

4. The Voyage to Magical North by Claire Fayers

Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, 2016

Brine Seaborne can’t remember her parents. She was found on a rowboat clutching a rare magic item—a shard of starshell—and spent her childhood keeping house for a magician and his apprentice, Peter. When Brine and Peter get in trouble and have to run away, they wind up onboard the pirate ship Orion and joining the pirates’ quest. You should read it if… you love whimsy and magic and shenangians.

5. Artifacts by Pete Catalano

Tantrum Books, 2016

Jax and his friends are given an assignment to bring in examples of “fake” fairytale artifacts. It sounds like easy extra credit, but it turns out their teacher, Mr. Bartholomew, is actually Captain Hook, and he’s looking for one very particular artifact. You should read it if… you’re looking for a fast-paced story for reluctant readers. There’s plenty of fantasy, but kids will relate to the contemporary school setting.

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