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Sea Queens: Women Pirates Around the World

Jane Yolen (2008), 112 pages
Illustrated by Christine Joy Pratt
Audience: 5th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Adventure, Historical, Nonfiction
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It's no secret that pirates are thieving, murdering scallywags that take what they want no matter the cost. And pirates are all men, right? Wrong! This book contains the scandalous stories of 13 lady pirates, and they were just as notorious and naughty as any male pirate. Some of these women turned to pirating because they were poor and despairing, while others were motivated by simple greed. They thumbed their noses at the law and seized power in a world that had very different expectations for women. The woodcut inspired illustrations lend power and a sense of history to these exciting stories.
Similar books: The Ballad of the Pirate Queens by Jane Yolen; Women of the Sea: Ten Pirate Stories by Myra Weatherly
Reviewed by: lauraf
Date read: 3/29/2013
ISBN-10: 1580891314
ISBN-13: 9781580891318
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Seer of Shadows

Avi (2009), 224 pages
Audience: 5th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Fantasy, Fiction, Historical, Mystery, Scary
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Horace Carpetine does not believe in ghosts. He is a photographer's apprentice in New York City in 1872, and he has been raised to believe in reason and science. The photographer that he is apprenticed to is shady, though, and a scam artist. He decides to pretend to be a spirit photographer to make more money. To do this, he finds a wealthy family whose daughter has just died, and sends Horace to photograph old pictures of the girl in order to superimpose them onto pictures of her mother, making the family believe that the young girl's spirit is there with them. While there, Horace discovers to his disbelief that he can actually capture spirits inside a photograph. Horace can't control his new-found powers though, and accidently lets loose a restless ghost bent on revenge. This book has great historical details, and is a spooky and exciting read!
Similar authors: Mary Downing Hahn; R.L. Stine; Betty Ren Wright; Robert D. San Souci
Similar books: The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall by Mary Downing Hahn; The Ghosts of Mercy Manor by Betty Ren Wright; Count Karlstein by Phillip Pullman; City of the Dead by Tony Abbott
Reviewed by: lauraf
Date read: 5/16/2012
ISBN-10: 0060000171
ISBN-13: 9780060000172
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Sent

Margaret Peterson Haddix (2009), 313 pages
Audience: 6th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Fiction, Historical, Time Travel
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In the book, Found, which begins the time travel series, Jonah and his best friend Chip learn that, not only were they adoptees, but that they are also famous missing children from history, kidnapped from their original time period. In this next book in the series, Jonah, Chip and Katherine, Jonah's adopted sister, are sent back to Chip's original time and place: fifteenth-century England. There they learn that Chip was one of the missing York princes, and heir to the English throne, Edward V. He and his brother were presumed to have been murdered by their uncle, so that he could inherit the throne to become Richard III. Jonah and Katherine are assured that, if they can 'fix time,' they will be allowed to take Chip back home. In other words, they need to find out what happened when Chip disappeared and make sure events occur as they were supposed to have happened. While trapped in the fifteenth century, the kids become embroiled in the final battles of the War of the Roses, the dynastic wars over which side of the Plantagenet family will rule. Can Jonah and Katherine 'fix time' before Edward/Chip is killed? This is also available as a riveting audio book.
Book Series: The Missing
Reviewed by: vverscaj
Date read: 9/17/2010
ISBN-10: 1416954228
ISBN-13: 9781416954224
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Shadow Spinner

Susan Fletcher (1998), 224 pages
Audience: 4th Grade - 7th Grade
Category: Especially for Girls, Fiction, Historical
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A girl named Marjan gathers stories to be told every night to the Sultan in order to save the Queen's life. She sneaks outside the palace to find new stories. She must not get caught, or the Sultan will kill her!
Reviewed by: St. Charles Reader
Date read: 2/13/2010
ISBN-10: 0439115507
ISBN-13: 9780689818523
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Shakespeare Stealer

Gary Blackwood (1998), 208 pages
Audience: 5th Grade - 8th Grade
Category: Fiction, Historical
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Young Widge, an indentured servant during Shakespearean times, is talented at shorthand. His master exploits his gift by forcing him to steal Shakespeare's masterpiece, Hamlet, during the bard's rehearsals of the play. When the plan falls apart, Widge finds himself as an actor at the Globe Theatre. See also Shakespeare's Scribe and Shakespeare's Spy.
Reviewed by: sc
Date read: 4/13/2009
ISBN-10: 0525458638
ISBN-13: 9780525458630
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