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Blackbeard's Sword: The Pirate King of the Carolinas
Blackbeard's Sword: The Pirate King of the Carolinas
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Blackbeard's Sword: The Pirate King of the Carolinas

by Liam O'Donnell
Illustrated by Mike Spoor

Edward Teach, known far and wide as Blackbeard, holds the coast of North and South Carolina in a grip of terror. Lieutenant Maynard and his men of the Royal Navy decide to capture the pirate, but they need help piloting their way through the shallow maze of coves and inlets. They enlist the aid of local fishermen Jacob Webster and his father, but Maynard doesn't count on the fact that Jacob may be leading them into trouble. The boy thinks Blackbeard is a hero! Historical Fiction.

Reading LevelGrades 2-3
Interest LevelGrades 3-6
Lexile LevelGN640L
AR Points4
AR Quiz #112356
PublisherStone Arch Books
BrandGraphic Flash
Page Count56
Capstone Interactive eBook
List Price: $53.32 School/Library Price

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Library Media Connection - Jaime Jeanne Meadows; St. Helens High School

"These historical fiction books are an interesting blend of text and graphic novels. Each chapter is written from the main character’s point of view. The illustrations are colorful and descriptive but without too much gore or violence. The text is captivating and will hold the interest of the reader. The books include action and danger; the stories are exciting, gritty, and intense. Each book provides instruction on character development, how to be a better person, and how to make good choices and to do the right things. The books are based on historical events; the young man’s perspective is refreshing. Each book has a glossary, a short discussion of the topic, discussion questions, writing prompts, and Internet sites. I really like these titles and suspect they will be popular with reluctant boy readers. Recommended. -Jaime Jeanne Meadows, Library Media Specialist, St. Helens (Oregon) High School" - Library Media Connection

October 1, 2007

School Library Journal - Kathleen Meulen; Blakely Elementary School

"Six short chapters relate the story of the pirate’s grisly demise. Following a picture introduction to the characters, the book begins in the middle of the action with young Jacob saving Blackbeard’s life by incorrectly gauging the water level of the harbor, causing the ship chasing the pirates to run aground. The youth regrets his decision as soon as Blackbeard’s ship opens fire on his rowboat. Full-color illustrations appear on every spread. A historical essay, discussion questions, and writing prompts round out the book and make it more teachable. The appealing combination of cartoon illustrations with dialogue balloons and easy-to-read text make this book a popular choice for pirate lovers and reluctant readers alike. -Kathleen Meulen, Blakely Elementary School, Bainbridge Island, WA" - School Library Journal

August 1, 2007


Pennsylvania School - Sarah Braxton

"Stone Arch Books pulls through for struggling, reluctant and ELL readers again with this high-interest historical fiction series. The format combines large-type, controlled vocabulary text and graphic-novel type illustrations that help readers comprehend the story without feeling that they are reading a phonics book. Additional features, including a table of contents, glossary, discussion questions, writing prompts and Internet sites accessed through Fact Hound make this series a winner for teachers as well. Whether reading for pleasure or delving deeper for research and writing assignments, students will be engaged with this series. Accelerated Reader Reading Practice Quizzes available. Historical Fiction." - Pennsylvania School

May 1, 2007


Pennsylvania School Librarians Association

2006 Young Adult Top Forty Fiction Title

May 1, 2007

Liam O'Donnell

Liam O'Donnell

Liam O'Donnell was born in Northern Ireland and grew up in Canada.  He's lived in Toronto, Canada and is the author of several graphic novels, including the Max Finder Mystery series of you-solve-it comics.  He's never met a pirate and not sure if he ever wants to.  When he's not writing stories, he loves playing video games and going camping, but not at the same time.

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