You Wouldn't Want to Be a Pirate's Prisoner! (Revised Edition)

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Children's Literature - Peg Glisson
This is not your grandmother's history book! Malam takes what appears to be a flippant look at the fate of a pirate's prisoner, after briefly giving some background about piracy in the 1700s. A significant bit of information is packed into the second person and eyewitness narrative, cartoons, and helpful hints. While the text and chapter headings are written in a lighthearted manner, the material being covered is not; in fact Milam seems to go for the shock factor to lure in readers, especially reluctant ones, through graphic descriptions of dangers and treatment of prisoners. He explains why Spanish galleons traveled as fleets, the evolution of privateers to pirates, why pirates took prisoners as well as treasure, the pirate crew, life onboard for the prisoner, abandonment on an island, and rescue. Readers are not shielded from the horrors of life as a prisoner; if disease did not kill the prisoner, surviving the flogging, water torture and burning well might. This revised edition includes new material not included in the original 2002 edition: a timeline, a map of notorious pirates, facts about pirates, and a short list of notorious pirates. The main body, glossary, and index of the book, however, are exactly the same as the 2002 edition; both are part of "You Wouldn't Want to Be" series. Reviewer: Peg Glisson
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780531280270
  • Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2012
  • Series: You Wouldn't Want to
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 447,172
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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