Lives of the Pirates

Lives of the Pirates : Swashbucklers, Scoundrels (Neighbors Beware!)

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Every kid knows that pirates talk funny, swing a big sword, and seek buried treasure--don't they? What do we really know about Blackbeard, Madame Cheng, Sir Francis Drake, and other men and women of pirate history? What drove them to sail the high seas? What were their bad habits, favorite foods, and silly quirks? And did they actually talk like that? A lively style, lots of surprises, and solid research have made the Lives of . . . series of collective biographies popular with both kids and adults. Now the series returns, spanning the globe with profiles of the nineteen most notorious pirates in history.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 96 pages
  • 223.52 x 261.62 x 15.24mm | 1,338.09g
  • Boston, MA, China
  • English
  • Frontispiece; Maps; Illustrations, color
  • 0152059083
  • 9780152059088
  • 1,766,135

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PRAISE FOR THE LIVES OF SERIES: * "Living, breathing anecodotes--the stuff of which the best biography is made." --"Publishers Weekly, " starred review "As addictive as it is fascinating."--"The Horn Book Magazine " "Another colorful, enthralling excursion into our cultural heritage."--"Kirkus Reviews " "An entertaining survey, of interest to adults as well as children."--"The New York Times Book Review " * "Irresistible."--"SLJ, "starred review
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About Kathleen Krull

Kathleen Krull has written much innovative nonfiction for young people, including all of the books in the "Lives of . . ." series, and has made a chatty, accessible approach to biography her hallmark. She lives in San Diego, California. Visit her website at Kathryn Hewitt's caricatures of famous figures led kids to dub the "Lives of . . ." series the "Big Head" books. She has illustrated many books for young readers, some of which she also wrote. She lives in Santa Monica, California. Visit her website at
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3 25% (26)
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