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Author: Kathleen Krull, Kathryn Hewitt Narrator: Ray Childs, Kymberly Dakin Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Lives of … Series Release Date: July 2010 ISBN: 9781620642252
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The pirates of legend sailed the seven seas, exercised a salty vocabulary, and pursued lives full of swordplay and adventure. But what was life like for the real pirates of history? What odd animals did William Dampier have on board? Why did Grace O’Malley cut off her hair? And which pirate liked to wear pajamas on deck? Through the spyglass of the seafaring, Kathleen Krull and Kathryn Hewitt return to their acclaimed series of collective biographies, complete with fascinating facts and sly characters. From the notorious to the forgotten, Lives of the Pirates digs up the treasure buried in pirate history—perfect for scurvy dogs and curious readers of all ages. Download and start listening now!


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  • “Both narrators capture the irony and humor of the text, savoring the gossipy details of these sensational lives. Random sections called Buried Treasure tell of recent hunts for sunken ships and relate interesting developments in pirate lore. Krull vividly presents these swashbucklers and scoundrels, and their dramatic stories will excite the imaginations of listeners. A solid choice for school and public libraries.”

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 11/4/2013

    " Wonderful source on the lives of pirates for young readers mixing facts, humor, and myth-busting. Krull and Hewitt have done it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 9/8/2013

    " This well-written and nicely illustrated children's book spends a few pages on a hand full of pirates and helps to sort fact from fiction. It is nicely done in that it does not romanticize pirates, but gives the facts and points of interest of each individual. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Burbank | 11/27/2012

    " Kathleen Krull is a master at nonfiction for kids and her Lives of... series is not to be missed. This book was also recommended at the library's Pirate Book Party so you know if must be good! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha | 8/1/2012

    " I want to look at the print version of this book, because there were a lot of pirates I wanted to find out more about! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 7/31/2012

    " I loved this book. The audio has a woman read about women pirates and a man read about men pirates. It was so interesting to see how history has shaped the stereotypes we have about pirates today. I am sure that kids would enjoy these intriguing facts. Very well done and I liked the time lines. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edward | 7/21/2012

    " The return of what my elementary students affectionately refer to as the "big head, little body books." Entertaining and interesting as always. "

About the Author

Kathleen Krull is a multi-award-winning children’s book author. She graduated from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, and worked for four companies as a children’s book editor. While on the job, she wrote mysteries in the Trixie Belden series and other books. She then began working at home, writing her own books and getting the chance to explore subjects she’s passionate about, including history, music, and extraordinary people. Awards for her body of work include the 2011 Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award, Leo Politi Golden Author Award, Lucia Russell Briggs Distinguished Achievement Award, California Reading Association’s Armin R. Schulz Literacy Award for promoting social justice thru books 2016, and the International Literary Association and Greater San Diego Reading Association Celebrate Literacy Award, among others.

About the Narrators

Ray Childs is a successful audiobook narrator. He can be heard on such titles as Black like Me, The Vanderbilts, and Amos Fortune.

Kymberly Dakin is a professional actress with over twenty years’ experience and has been a featured performer both on Broadway and in national tours. Kym has also played roles on The Guiding Light, One Life to Live, and All My Children, and has appeared on PAX-TV’s It’s a Miracle and on PBS’ Math Monsters.