The Ballad of the Pirate Queens

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1998 - 32 pages
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Two sailors were keeping watch alone when the governor's men stormed aboard the Vanity. Those two--the legend-inspiring pirate queens Anne Bonney and Mary Reade--fought bravely but called in vain for their shipmates, who sported and drank below deck. Jane Yolen's stirring ballad immortalizes these two daring women and offers readers an intriguing look at life on the high seas.

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User Review  - matthewbloome - LibraryThing

The reoccurring verse and the lyrical style are both very well done, though I was hung up on the meter a few times while reading this and had to reread a line to make it fit. It was a nice telling of ... Read full review

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User Review  - nmhale - LibraryThing

I love the poem in this book, and I love the illustrations. Yolen frequently writes about strong women characters, and in this case, it's female pirates. Not an idealized view, either, but tough women ... Read full review

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About the author (1998)

Jane Yolen is a highly acclaimed author who has written hundreds of books for children and adults and has won numerous awards. She and her husband divide their time between Massachussetts and Scotland. Visit her at and on Twitter at @JaneYolen. DAVID SHANNON is the illustrator of many popular picture books, including How I Became a Pirate. His numerous awards include a Caldecott Honor for No, David! He lives in Burbank, California.

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