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Pirates!     View List as Printable PDF

Piratical Reads for the Pirate lover!

Piratical Fiction

Airborn

Airborn
by Oppel, Kenneth
J FICTION
Matt, a young cabin boy aboard an airship, and Kate, a wealthy young girl traveling with her chaperone, team up to search for the existence of mysterious winged creatures reportedly living hundreds of feet above the Earth's surface.

Book of Oceans

Book of Oceans
Series Title: Diadem Worlds of Magic
by Peel, John
J FICTION
When Oracle suggests a comforting vacation through a portal to a world of water, he fails to mention that it is also a world inhabited by pirates.

Capt. Hook: The Adventures of a Notorious Youth

Capt. Hook: The Adventures of a Notorious Youth
by Helquist, Brett
J FICTION
Describes the youthful adventures of J. M. Barrie's classic character, Captain Hook, from his days at Eton to his voyages on the high sea.

Castaways of the Flying Dutchman

Castaways of the Flying Dutchman
Series Title: Castaways of the Flying Dutchman
by Jacques, Brian
J FICTION
In 1620, a boy and his dog are rescued from the doomed ship, Flying Dutchman, by an angel who guides them in traveling the world, eternally helping those in great need.
Sequel: The angel's command.

Clabbernappers

Clabbernappers
by Bailey, Len
J FICTION
Eleven-year-old Oklahoma rodeo champion Danny Ray is sent to the kingdom of Elidor, where he sets sail across the Checkered Sea to rescue a kidnapped queen, despite the enemies found there and the dubious help of the prince and princess.

Fergus Crane

Fergus Crane
by Stewart, Paul

Nine-year-old Fergus Crane's life is filled with classes on the school ship Betty Jeanne, interesting neighbors, and helping with his mother's work until a mysterious box flies into his window and leads him toward adventure.

Ghost in the Noonday Sun

Ghost in the Noonday Sun
by Fleischman, Sid
J FICTION
Twelve-year-old Oliver tries to escape from pirates who take him to an island to find the ghost and treasure of Gentleman Jack.

GUNS OF TORTUGA

GUNS OF TORTUGA
Series Title: Pirate Hunter
by Strickland, Brad

Davy Shea, Captain Hunter, and the Aurora head for the Caribbean island of Tortuga for repairs to the ship after a sea battle. They try to rescue captured British officers held there before they resume the search for the pirate Jack Steele.

How to be a Pirate

How to be a Pirate
by Cowell, Cressida
J FICTION
Follows the further adventures and misadventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third as his Viking training continues and his father leads a stranger and the Hairy Hooligans to the Isle of Skullions in search of a pirate's treasure.

Jim Davis: A High-Sea Adventure

Jim Davis: A High-Sea Adventure
by Masefield, John
J FICTION
Jim Davis is a twelve-year-old boy whose life takes a terrifying turn when he stumbles upon a ring of bloodthirsty pirates.

Missee Lee : the Swallows and Amazons in the China Seas

Missee Lee : the Swallows and Amazons in the China Seas
Series Title: Godine Storyteller
by Ransome, Arthur
J FICTION
When their boat is burned and they are cast adrift in the South China Sea, Titty, Roger, Peggy, John, Nancy, Susan, and Captain Flint make their way to land only to find themselves the captives of the redoubtable Missee Lee, one of the last pirates operating off the China coast.

MUTINY!

MUTINY!
Series Title: Pirate Hunter
by Strickland, Brad

The lawless Caribbean of the 1680's is a hotbed of sailors, spies, and pirate gold, where the line between patriot and privateer is a thin one. New to this exciting and dangerous world, 14-year-old orphan Davy Shea arrives at the home of his disreputable uncle Patch...

Mysterious Island

Mysterious Island
by Verne, Jules
J FICTION/FICTION
A classic adventure.


Peter and the Starcatchers

Peter and the Starcatchers
Series Title: Peter and the Starcatchers
by Barry, Dave and Pearson, Ridley
J FICTION
The raw beginnings of beloved Peter Pan, and the start of a vicious feud with Captain Jas. Hook.

Pirate Curse

Pirate Curse
Series Title: Wave Walkers
by Meyer, Kai
J FICTION
A supernaturally gifted pirate finds she is one of two who can save the Caribbean.

SARACEN MAID

SARACEN MAID
by Garfield, Leon

After being captured by pirates near England and sold as a slave, a forgetful young Englishman faces a long imprisonment on the African coast because he can't remember where the ransom note should be sent.

STOWAWAY: A TALE OF CALIFORNIA PIRATES

STOWAWAY: A TALE OF CALIFORNIA PIRATES
by Gregory, Kristiana

In 1818, Carlito, an 11-year-old boy in the Spanish-owned town of Monterey, California, sees his quiet life threatened when the Argentinian privateer Hippolyte de Bouchard attacks with his pirate ships.

The 13th Floor: A Ghost Story

The 13th Floor: A Ghost Story
by Fleischman, Sid
J FICTION
When his older sister disappears, twelve-year-old Buddy Stebbins follows her back in time and finds himself aboard a seventeenth-century pirate ship captained by a distant relative.

The Book of Pirates

The Book of Pirates
by Pyle, Howard
J FICTION
The rip-roaring adventures of swashbuckling pirates and buccaneers of the Spanish Main. Includes "The Ghost of Captain Brand," "Tom Chist and the Treasure Box," "Jack Ballister's Fortunes," "The Ruby of Kishmoor," and other tales.

The Giant Rat of Sumatra: or, Pirates Galore

The Giant Rat of Sumatra: or, Pirates Galore
by Fleischman, Sid

A cabin boy on a pirate ship finds himself in San Diego in 1846 as war breaks out between the United States and Mexico.

The Legend of Captain Crow's Teeth

The Legend of Captain Crow's Teeth
by Colfer, Eoin
J FICTION
When Will hears the legend of Captain Crow's Teeth from his prank-loving older brother, the nine-year-old fears he will be the bloodthirsty pirate's next victim.

TOM CRINGLE: BATTLE ON THE HIGH SEAS

TOM CRINGLE: BATTLE ON THE HIGH SEAS
by Hausman, Gerald

During the War of 1812, a 13-year-old officer in the British navy records in his logbook his capture by pirates off the coast of Jamaica.

Treasure Island

Treasure Island
by Stevenson, Robert Louis
J FICTION STE
The epic and classic tale of young Jim Hawkins' adventures after falling into a treasure map, and a dangerous crew.

 

Piratical Beginning Chapter Books

	Pirates : a nonfiction companion to Pirates past noon

Pirates : a nonfiction companion to Pirates past noon
Series Title: Magic Tree House
by Osborne, Mary Pope and Osborne, Will
J 910.45 OSB
A nonfiction companion to Pirates past noon.

Camp Buccaneer

Camp Buccaneer
by Smallcomb, Pam
J FICTION
After spending summer vacation learning to be a real pirate at Camp Buccaneer, Marlon feels much better prepared to return to school and face Carla, the bully who has pestered her since kindergarten.

GRACE THE PIRATE

GRACE THE PIRATE
by Lasky, Kathryn
J FICTION LAS
Grace O'Malley finds excitement and danger when she defies Irish tradition and goes off to sea with her father, a trader and pirate in the 1500's.

Pirates of the Purple Dawn

Pirates of the Purple Dawn
Series Title: Secrets of Droon
by Abbott, Tony
J FICTION
Everything in Droon is changing and an old villain is back -- Ving, leader of the Hawk Bandits! This time, he has his twin sister in tow, along with her band of wicked pirates. Arrrg! They're snatching magical stones from all over Droon, and using them to build an enchanted passageway that will transport nasty dragons from the past into the present. Can Eric and his friends put a stop to the pirates? Or will they be lost at sea?

Pirates Past Noon

Pirates Past Noon
Series Title: Magic Tree House
by Osborne, Mary Pope
J FICTION
The magic treehouse whisks Jack and Annie back to the days of deserted islands, secret maps, hidden gold, and nasty pirates.

The Not So Jolly Roger

The Not So Jolly Roger
Series Title: Time Warp Trio
by Scieszka, Jon
J FICTION
Fred, Sam and Joe are accidental time travelers are zapped back into the past and into big trouble.

 

Piratical Picture Books for Older Readers

Blackbeard's Last Fight

Blackbeard's Last Fight
by Kimmel, Eric A.
J PIC+
In 1718, off the coast of North Carolina, a young cabin boy assists in the final capture and execution of Blackbeard the pirate.

Captain Slaughterboard Drops Anchor

Captain Slaughterboard Drops Anchor
by Peake, Mervyn Laurence
J PIC+
On a fantastic island populated by unusual animals, a pirate captain finds a trustworthy companion in the little "Yellow Creature."

PIRATE DIARY: THE JOURNAL OF JAKE CARPENTER

PIRATE DIARY: THE JOURNAL OF JAKE CARPENTER
by Platt, Richard
J PIC+
The fictional diary of a 9-year-old boy who, in 1716 sets off from North Carolina to become a sailor, but ends up a pirate instead.

PIRATE MEETS THE QUEEN

PIRATE MEETS THE QUEEN
by Faulkner, Matt
J PIC+
In the 1500's, when the son of notorious Irish pirate queen Granny O'Malley is captured by the English, Granny tries to meet with Queen Elizabeth I

SCRIMSHAW RING

SCRIMSHAW RING
by Jaspersohn, William
J PIC+
A young boy living in Newport, Rhode Island, in 1710 enjoys imaginary adventures with make-believe pirates, until the day that real pirates come ashore for evil purposes and leave him a remarkable memento. Based on real events. Includes ideas for activities related to family heirlooms.

 

Piratical Easy Readers

Captain and Matey Set Sail

Captain and Matey Set Sail
by Laurence, Daniel
JEASY
Despite their frequent disagreements, two pirates share many adventures.



Let the Good Times Roll with Pirate Pete and Pirate Joe

Let the Good Times Roll with Pirate Pete and Pirate Joe
by Cannon, A.E.
JEASY
Pirate Pete and Pirate Joe visit the Pirate Queen, having fun playing games and going to Disco Dan's House of Pins until it is bedtime and the Pirate Queen becomes just their mother once again.

On the Go with Pirate Pete and Pirate Joe

On the Go with Pirate Pete and Pirate Joe
by Cannon, A.E.
JEASY
Pirate Pete and Pirate Joe go out for seafood with their cat Studley and their dog Dudley.



Ooey Gooey

Ooey Gooey
by Farber, Erica
JEASY
When Captain Short Bob, the pirate king, cooks up a dish of bubble gum and tuna fish, he loses his gold tooth to a sea beast.

 

Piratical Picture Books

Bubble Bath Pirates

Bubble Bath Pirates
by Krosoczka, Jarrett
JEASY
When pirate mommy announces bath time, it is yo ho ho and to the bath we go for her little pirates.

Come Away from the Water, Shirley

Come Away from the Water, Shirley
by Burningham, John
JEASY
Shirley's adventures at the beach are interspersed with familiar parental warnings.

Edward and the Pirates

Edward and the Pirates
by McPhail, David
JEASY
Once Edward has learned to read, books and his vivid imagination provide him with great adventures.

How I Became a Pirate

How I Became a Pirate
by Long, Melinda
JEASY
Jeremy Jacob joins Braid Beard and his pirate crew and finds out about pirate language, pirate manners, and other aspects of their life.

Little Badger, Terror of the Seven Seas

Little Badger, Terror of the Seven Seas
by Bunting, Eve
JEASY
A young badger pretends to be a pirate until it's time for supper.


Pirate Girl

Pirate Girl
by Funke, Cornelia Caroline.

Ferocious Captain Firebeard thinks that he and his band of ruthless pirates rule the high seas, but Firebeard's crew meet their match when they kidnap a girl named Molly.

Pirate Pup

Pirate Pup
by Stutson, Caroline
JEASY
Captain Pup and his canine pirate crew must outwit a shipload of cats and return home with the treasure.

Pirates

Pirates
by Lamm, C. Drew
JEASY
When Ellery reads her younger brother a scary book about pirates, Max finds an appropriate way to make her close the book.

Rabbit Pirates: A Tale of the Spinach Main

Rabbit Pirates: A Tale of the Spinach Main
by Cox, Judy
JEASY
Two old rabbit friends disagree about many things, including when and how to deal with the tricky fox who threatens to ruin the business at their restaurant in Provence region of France.

Roger, the Jolly Pirate

Roger, the Jolly Pirate
by Helquist, Brett
JEASY
While his shipmates face their toughest enemy, Roger has a chance to prove himself in a most unlikely way after being banished, as usual, below decks during the fighting.

The Night Pirates

The Night Pirates
by Harris, Peter
JEASY
Despite the fact that he is "only a boy," Tom convinces the band of rough, tough, little girl pirates who have come to steal the front of his house to let him join in their adventures.

The Old Pirate of Central Park

The Old Pirate of Central Park
by Priest, Robert
JEASY
A retired pirate and a retired queen engage in a thunderous battle to gain control of the Central Park sailboat pond.

The Pirate's Eye

The Pirate's Eye
by Priest, Robert
JEASY
When Captain Black the pirate loses his glass eye, a pauper finds it and creates a book from images of the captain's experiences that he sees within it, resulting in a change in both their lives.

The Pirate's Parrot

The Pirate's Parrot
by McFarland, Lyn
JEASY
Filling in for Captain Cur's dead parrot, Barr the teddy bear proves herself to be a brave and useful companion to the pirate.

The Trouble With Uncle

The Trouble With Uncle
by Cole, Babette
JEASY
Uncle, who is a pirate, doesn't fit in with the other members of the yacht club, so he starts his own club, buys a treasure map, and ends up marrying a mermaid.

This Little Pirate

This Little Pirate
by Sturges, Philemon
JEASY
Two bands of pirates fight over a box, but when they raise the white flag and open the box together, they find a treasure to share.

Tough Boris

Tough Boris
by Fox, Mem
JEASY
Although he is a very tough pirate, Boris von der Borch cries when his parrots dies.