Tales of the Haunted Deep

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A fascinating collection of scary sea stories that includes haunted lighthouses,

shipwrecks, pirates and sea monsters.

Did Blackbeard's headless body really swim three times around his ship before sinking beneath the waves? Does a monster lurk beneath the surface of a Canadian lake, or around a Massachusetts harbor? What was the tragic fate of the schooner Fellowship, or the curse of the Charles Haskell? Acclaimed nonfiction author Brenda ...

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Overview

A fascinating collection of scary sea stories that includes haunted lighthouses,

shipwrecks, pirates and sea monsters.

Did Blackbeard's headless body really swim three times around his ship before sinking beneath the waves? Does a monster lurk beneath the surface of a Canadian lake, or around a Massachusetts harbor? What was the tragic fate of the schooner Fellowship, or the curse of the Charles Haskell? Acclaimed nonfiction author Brenda Guiberson narrates spine-tingling myths of the sea; from pirate lore and spooky legends, to modern day accounts of haunted lighthouses and sea-monster sightings.

Each chapter brings to life a different side of this intriguing history, and Brenda Guiberson weaves it all together masterfully. Filled with black-and-white photos and detailed illustrations, Tales of the Haunted Deep is a chapter book just right for ghost-story and sea monster buffs. At the end of the book, the author sets up six mysteries and lets readers create their own legends of the haunted deep.

Nonfiction accounts of ships that sank inexplicably, and other mysterious maritime occurrences.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Children's Literature
BlackBeard was so notorious in his short two years as the infamous fierce pirate, that legend has him still haunting the cove of Ocracoke Island. The Massachusetts Gloucester sea serpent continues to appear along the Atlantic Coast. It is only one of thirty-eight serpents sighted in various states' coastal borders. The ghostly ship, The Flying Dutchman, brings with it tales of woes. Do not speak to the captain or your ship will never reach the safety of a harbor. If he asks you for water, point to the sea. If he asks your position, shrug your shoulders. Read and learn from Guiberson's research. The facts will whet your appetite to learn more of the haunted deep. The bibliography more opportunities to learn about these intriguing stories. The pencil sketches, photographs, and maps from the Mariners' Museum, enliven these legends and stories. 2000, Henry Holt and Company, Ages 8 to 14, $15.95. Reviewer: Shirley Long—Children's Literature
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Gr 3-6-This book belies its snappy title and cover. The introduction begins well with a stirring description of the genre and the comment, "Ghostly sea stories are filled with horror, creepiness, delight, and even humor." Unfortunately, the pacing in the actual tales is slow. The chapter on dreaded pirate ghosts only discusses two: Blackbeard and Captain Kidd. The Loch Ness monster gets barely a mention in the section titled, "Swish, Swirl, Sea Serpent." Pages on lighthouse ghosts and ghost ships are a little more informative but still dry. In the final chapter, some interesting scenarios are described and readers are prompted to create their own ghost stories. Illustrations include black-and-white photographs, drawings, and reproductions. Given its subject and length, this book may find an audience among reluctant readers but it is likely to disappoint children with a serious interest in the subject.-Elaine Baran Black, Gwinnett County Public Library, Lawrenceville, GA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Guiberson (Spotted Owl, 1994, etc.) ventures into Daniel Cohen territory with these riveting, if briefly told, tales of lesser-known ghosts, sea monsters, and haunted pirate treasure. She relates the lurid details with relish: "Blackbeard's head was cut off and hung from the bowsprit. . . . The headless body was thrown into the sea [whereupon it] swam one time, two times, then three times around the sloop before sinking into the deep." The author intersperses photos, old prints, and her own evocative black-and-white vignettes, and finishes with five spooky scenarios suitable for developing into new tales of terror. Perfect fare for reading by flashlight. (index, extensive bibliography) (Folklore. 9-11)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805060577
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 6/1/2000
  • Series: Redfeather Chapter Book Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 80
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.76 (w) x 7.58 (h) x 0.17 (d)

Meet the Author

Brenda Z. Guberson is the author of four previous chapter books, as well as the best selling picture books Cactus Hotel, Spoonbill Swamp, and Into the Sea. She lives in Seattle, Washington.

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