Pirate Diary by Richard Platt
The Journal of Jake Carpenter

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Adventure! History! Pirate Diary reveals life on the high seas in the eighteenth century—through the eyes of a nine-year-old boy.

Learn what life was really like on a pirate ship in 1716 as you read PIRATE DIARY, nine-year-old Jake Carpenter’s journal of adventure on the high seas. Discover through Jake’s own words the thrills and perils of a seafar-ing life as he explores the good ship Greyhound, meets fearsome Captain Nick, and becomes a carpenter’s apprentice. But the real excitement begins when pirates capture the ship—and Jake finds himself embarking on a new life on the wrong side of the law. From "mermaids" to monsterlike whales, terrible storms to dead calms, maroonings to pirate raids, Jake’s diary records everything a reader could want to know about life under the pirate code. Historically accurate illustrations of the ship and crew, a map of Jake’s travels, and a detailed glossary and index vividly reveal the fascinating—and harsh—life of a pirate in the eighteenth century.
 

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Richard Platt has written more than thirty books, including many bestsellers, and is among the most prolific and successful nonfiction authors working today. His books include STEPHEN BIESTY'S CROSS-SECTIONS: CASTLE; STEPHEN BIESTY'S INCREDIBLE CROSS-SECTIONS; STEPHEN BIESTY'S INCREDIBLE EXPLOSIONS (which tied for the 1996 Cuffie Award for nonfiction with THE GREEK NEWS and THE ROMAN NEWS); STEPHEN BIESTY'S INCREDIBLE BODY; STEPHEN BIESTY'S INCREDIBLE EVERYTHING; IN THE BEGINNING; THE NEARLY COMPLETE HISTORY OF ALMOST EVERYTHING; DISASTER! CATASTROPHES THAT SHOOK THE WORLD; and the Eyewitness titles, FILM and SPY, among many others.Chris Riddell's glorious illustrations fill the pages of many wonderful books for children, including Richard Platt's CASTLE DIARY, and Hans Christian Andersen's THE SWAN'S STORIES, translated by Brian Alderson. PUBLISHERS WEEKLY called his illustrations for CASTLE DIARY "humorously dour" and "inspired.
 
Published October 1, 2001 by Candlewick. 64 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The duo behind Castle Diary returns with a swashbuckling sortie into pirate waters. Set in 1716, the tale unfolds through the diary entries of a nine-year-old No

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