Talk Like a Pirate Day brings themed books and film proposals
September 19th was dubbed International Talk Like a Pirate Day, and that led to this pirate-themed list of books and films available at the Manistee County Library.
From the Disney version of Pirates of the Caribbean to the very real Somali pirates who took a US container ship hostage about a dozen years ago, pirates have been a constant in history and storytelling. Whether you prefer humorous, romantic, or historical pirates, here are some pirate titles of interest.
• “The Enemy of All Men: A True Tale of Piracy, Power, and the First Global Manhunt in History” by Steven Johnson follows the 17th pirate Henry Avery. Read about the profitable crime this group committed and what followed following process.
• “The Golden Age of Piracy: The Truth Behind Pirate Myths” by Benerson Little deals with piracy between 1655 and 1725. The legends of Henry Morgan, Blackbeard and Bartholomew Roberts are highlighted.
• “Outlaws of the Atlantic: Sailors, Pirates and Motley Crews in the Age of Sail” by Marcus Rediker takes the perspective of the common man who sailed the high seas. Based on the experiences of forced slaves, pirates and sailors, the author shows the effects on capitalism and globalization.
• Brian Kilmeade brings a little-known chapter of our history to life in Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History. Pirates had hijacked American ships and sailors when Jefferson took office. His plan was to block and negotiate Tripoli. When the USS Philadelphia ran aground, a young sailor risked his life to set it on fire to save it from the hands of the pirates. Another soldier led a desert attack on the port city. These events became the opening lines of the Marine Corps anthem: “From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli …”
• On DVD, “Captain Phillip” tells the true story of Captain Richard Phillips, whose ship was hijacked by Somali pirates.
• Also on DVD “Pirates! The Scourge of the Seven Seas ”provides the background stories for three famous pirates. Sir Francis Drake, Captain Kidd and Blackbeard can each be seen in an episode.
• In Booty Bones, a Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery written by Carolyn Haines, Sarah Booth takes her fiancé on vacation to cheer him up after an injury. A historical tour leads Sarah Booth to face a wrongly convicted man and a pirate treasure hunt. Can she save the day and her depressed fiancé?
• “Captain in Calico” by George MacDonald Frasier shows an 18th century pirate trying to turn his life around and win back the heart of his fiancée. Unfortunately, she is now engaged to the governor.
• Clive Cussler’s “Sam and Remi Fargo Adventure: Pirate” brings together an 800 year old treasure and an adventure that will either make her famous or her end. Someone else wants the treasure and will stop at nothing to get it.
• “Pirate Alley” by Stephen Coonts is about modern day pirates who kidnap a luxury cruise ship. The failed rescue mission threatens all passengers on board and the situation worsens when information emerges that Islamic militants are planning to use the hostages to force America into war.
• “The Pirate King” by RA Salvatore gives the world of pirates an imaginative touch. A dark elf joins the fight to save a city captured by pirates.
• “Pirate Latitudes” by Michael Crichton is set in Jamaica in 1665 and shows how Captain Hunter competes against the Spanish military to command a Spanish galleon full of treasure.
• No conversation about pirates would be complete without Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” films. Join Captain Jack Sparrow on his adventures as he dodges his enemies, trades his ship and life, and wreaks havoc everywhere.
• “The Night Pirates” by Deborah Allwright revolves around an all-girl gang of pirates who allow a boy to join them while they try to steal the facade of his home.
• “Pig Kahuna Pirates” by Jennifer Gordon Sattler accompanies two beach-loving brothers on a pirate adventure while one brother tries to cheer up the other.
• In Julie Fortenbury’s Pirate Boy, a mother reassures her son that he can rely on her when he embarks on a pirate adventure.
• Chapter books with adventures on the high seas are Frank Dixon’s Hardy Boys who take on pirates twice, once in The Secret of Pirates ‘Hill, where an encounter with a mysterious stranger draws the boys’ attention to sunken treasure and the second time in “The Pirate Ghost” when a friend thinks they are being followed after winning a map to buried treasure.
• The kidnapping of a cocky girl in “Pirate Girl” by Caroline Cornelia Funke turns out to be too much for a gang of pirates.
• Children can enjoy the movie “Pirate Fairy”, which takes viewers back to Neverland, where Tinker Bell and her friends battle the pirates who stole the Blue Pixie Dust.
• In the “Mickey Matson” movie “Pirates Code”, Mickey and Sully work with a secret organization to thwart the pirate’s attempt to steal the last part needed to create an invention that would enable them to be all electronic Eliminate devices.
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