Series: Top Secret Files
Written by Stephanie Bearce
Prufrock Press 8/01/2015
128 pages Age 9—12
“Pirates of the Golden Age had to deal with scurvy, fight ferocious battles, and eat everything from monkeys to snakes to sea turtles, 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, and the secrets of Blackbeard and the daring pirate Cheng I Sao. 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 Top Secret Files: Pirates and Buried Treasure.” [back cover]
Did you know that the lawless pirates of the open sea actually had rules they must follow? Me neither. How about this: Did you know that the pirates of the Caribbean rarely had fruit or vegetables and thus many died of scurvy? All those islands and still no fruit on board. There is so much in Pirates and Buried Treasures that is new to me. I never read in the history books that pirates love to dress up—just like Johnny Depp—whenever they go to shore. Most wore clothes they stole from wealthy folks and it irked the upper classes to see pirates in their finery. All of the above and more is in Pirates and Buried Treasure, one of the latest volumes of the Top Secret Files.
Kids will learn all about the navies and pirates of the 1700’s and 1800’s, learning that a pirate actually had it better than a sailor. Interspersed between the secrets are activities kids can do without adult supervision. Learn how to make a Jolly Roger, crack a pirate code, and make a treasure map are a few of these activities. Kids will enjoy reading all about pirating and learn of some famous and not-so-famous pirates that roamed the seas. There is so much to read about and it is all fascinating.
Pirates and Buried Treasure will intrigue anyone interested in pirates. Teachers can find much in this book to use in lessons, making Pirates and Buried Treasure a nice adjunct text. Actually, the entire Top Secret Files series makes a great classroom tool. History buffs will love the series. Everyone loves a secret and there are tons of not-so-well-known facts inside Pirates and Buried Treasure. Individually or as a set, the Top Secret Files books will thrill kids. Many kids not interested in history will change their minds once they read one of these fascinating books. I know I did. Included is a bibliography and related websites.
Coming soon is The Wild West, and one I cannot wait to read, Gangsters and Bootleggers.
PIRATES AND BURIED TREASURE: SECRETS, STRANGE TALES, & HIDDEN FACTS ABOUT PIRATES (TOP SECRET FILES). Text copyright © 2015 by Stephanie Bearce. Published by Prufrock Press, Inc., Waco, TX.
Learn more about Pirates and Buried Treasure HERE.
Read my friend Eric’s excellent review of The Cold War HERE.
Top Secret Files by Stephanie Bearce
The American Revolution: Spies, Secret Missions, and Hidden Facts From the American Revolution
The Civil War: Spies, Secret Missions, and Hidden Facts From the Civil War
World War I: Spies, Secret Missions, and Hidden Facts from World War I
World War II: Spies, Secret Missions, and Hidden Facts From World War II
Pirates and Buried Treasure: Secrets, Strange Tales, and Hidden Facts About Pirates
The Cold War: Secrets, Special Missions, and Hidden Facts About the CIA, KGB, and MI6
Gangsters and Bootleggers: Secrets, Strange Tales, and Hidden Facts About the Roaring 20s
The Wild West: Secrets, Strange Tales, and Hidden Facts About the Wild West
Also by Stephanie Bearce
Exploring Outer Space
A Kid’s Guide to Making a Terrarium
How to Harness Solar Power for Your Home
Care for a Pet Kitten
All about Electric and Hybrid Cars and Who’s Driving Them
. . ~and many more
Copyright © 2015 by Sue Morris/Kid Lit Reviews. All Rights Reserved
Full Disclosure: Pirates and Buried Treasure: Secrets, Strange Tales, and Hidden Facts about Pirates (Top Secret Files) by Stephanie Bearce, and received from Prufrock Press, is in exchange NOT for a positive review, but for an HONEST review. The opinions expressed are my own and no one else’s. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”