Julius Caesar was kidnapped by pirates and Sir Frances Drake was both a swashbuckler and a knight, plundering ships in the name of the British Crown, but you won't learn that in your history books! Discover the truth about Anne Bonny, the Irish woman who was a true Pirate of the Caribbean, the secrets of Calico Jack and Blackbeard, and how kung fu monks were hired to try to fight off pirates. Then learn how to talk like a pirate and make a buried treasure map for your friends. It's all part of the true stories from the Top Secret Files: Pirates and Buried Treasure. Take a look if you dare, but be careful! Some secrets are meant to stay hidden...
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Stephanie Bearce’s “Top Secret Files” series proves just how interesting history can be. These books are jam-packed with facts that will inform and entertain any age. This latest installment is a fascinating look at the lives of pirates, often obliterating misconceptions about the “pirate’s life,” such as buried treasure, treasure maps, and walking the plank. Pirates’ lives were extremely difficult, and stories abound with “icky” facts guaranteed to keep young readers enthralled. The book is divided into sections: Pirate Problems, Weapons, Words, & Wardrobe, VIPs (very important pirates), and Pirate’s Treasure, and each section is followed by hands-on activities, including how to make sea biscuits, play a pirate dice game, and make a catapult. The chapters are short and easily digestible (if you can stomach hearing all about scurvy, lice, and dysentery) with lots of extra sidebars, plus links to online extras and many reference materials. TOP SECRET FILES: PIRATES is an excellent addition to any home or classroom library!
Shiver me timbers! Scary, gruesome and true are the stories of pirates and their high adventures. An entertaining look at a pirates life; from their problems to their weapons, words, culinary choices, and wardrobes. Very important pirates of history along with famous tales of long hidden treasure are revealed with related fun facts, craft projects, and recipes from the pirate lifestyle in each chapter. Writer, teacher, and history detective Stephanie Bearce reveals another gem in her latest of the Top Secret Files series with pirate mysteries uncovered. This book is a solid primer for anyone interested in the seafaring scallywags that terrorized coastal areas of Europe, the Americas, and the Caribbean during their heyday. Pirates of the Golden Age had a lot to contend with. The dangerous and criminal nature of their behavior notwithstanding, there was challenging weather and navigation, leadership of an often unruly crew, pursuit by other pirates and the military, scarcity of food, and the ongoing maintenance of weaponry and aging vessels. It wasn’t easy and the truth is less glamorous than we might imagine, but certainly some pirates and crew enjoyed riches and an exciting lifestyle. Scurvy and a dinner of monkeys and sea turtles would balance the next day’s capture of a merchant ship with gold, brandy, sugar, spices, and dyed cloth to barter in the next port. They enjoyed a reputation among their contemporaries that ranged from enviable adventurers to murderous thieves. When they arrived in a new location, their reception from the locals mirrored the same. From Blackbeard to Sadie the Goat to the mystery of the Oak Island Treasure and how the Jolly Roger became a pirate symbol, you can be enriched by the detailed stories here. I recommend this book for those who are lured by the romance and mysteries of pirates. It offers strange tales and hidden facts and would appeal to history loving boys and girls ages 8 -14 (and adults too – arrrrghhhh!). Review by Tristan G., age 12, Tampa Bay Mensa