Jean Laffite by Susan Goldman Rubin
The Pirate Who Saved America

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This biography of the infamous pirate Jean Laffite is a real-life, action-packed adventure. Since he was a young boy, Jean longed to be a pirate, and with the help of his brothers and uncle, he became one when he was just a teenager. Soon the only life he knew was on the high seas—a life full of glory, riches, disaster, and revenge. When he finally settled down in New Orleans, he managed to become a successful businessman and respected citizen, while still pirating. He even helped the United States win the War of 1812 when he alerted the U.S. government to a British plot to invade via New Orleans. With the help of Laffite and his pirates, General Andrew Jackson was able to beat back the British.

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"Move over, Jack Sparrow, and make way for Jean Laffite. This well-informed narrative gives readers a sense of what was happening in the world at the time as well as what it was like to be a real pirate."
--School Library Journal

"Cinematic illustrations by Jeff Himmelman add to the excitement. Filled with fascinating facts and dynamic pictures, Jean Laffite: The Pirate Who Saved America is sure to captivate both pirate-loving children and their parents, as well."
--Jewish Book Council

About Susan Goldman Rubin

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Susan Goldman Rubin is the author of many biographies for young readers, including Andy Warhol: Pop Art Painter and Degas and the Dance. She lives in Malibu, California. Jeff Himmelman is an art director in the video game industry. This is his first picture book.
Published April 1, 2012 by Harry N. Abrams. 48 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Children's Books.

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Who knew that some pirates in the old days were Jewish and fought on the side of the good guys?

Mar 15 2012 | Read Full Review of Jean Laffite: The Pirate Who ...

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Debut illustrator Himmelman’s copper-toned digital illustrations are warm and cinematic: whether Laffite is staring down his enemy on a ship engulfed in flames or looking fiercely contemplative as leader of the first “pirate convention,” he emerges as a handsome and magnetic hero.

Feb 20 2012 | Read Full Review of Jean Laffite: The Pirate Who ...

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