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Yaakov the Pirate Hunter [Kindle Edition]

Nathaniel Wyckoff
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Book Description

Los Angeles, 2025. Yaakov and Yosef Peretz discover a treasure map hidden in their family’s robot; soon, their family embarks on an adventure that takes them halfway around the world to save a valuable and revered religious artifact.

In the Mojave Desert, the Peretz family unearths a mysterious treasure chest stolen from a Santa Barbara billionaire named Aharon Sapir. Yaakov and family manage to return the treasure and to outwit the pirates who stole it, but soon learn of a greater danger to the Sapir family fortune. On the Tunisian island of Djerba rests the Sapirs’ most sacred heirloom: the world’s oldest Torah scroll, an artifact worth a fortune. Another pirate is after the ancient scroll, and the Peretzes’ trusted robot dealer may be involved. Yaakov and family journey to the other side of the globe to track down a ruthless pirate and to thwart his wicked plan. To succeed, Yaakov must decide between saving his prized robot, built with his very hands, and protecting a greater good.


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About the Author

Nathaniel Wyckoff was born and raised in the beautiful San Fernando Valley of southern California. From an early age, he was interested in reading, writing and listening to stories. Though he works in a technical field, he counts storytelling among his favorite activities, belying the notion that scientifically oriented people are "not creative." Nathaniel's storytelling career took flight with the births of his children. His children enjoy all kinds of stories, but most of Nathaniel's stories for them are of the fantasy and adventure variety. Nathaniel's first novel, Yaakov the Pirate Hunter, was inspired by his son's request for a story about robots. It combines elements of science, adventure, and Nathaniel's beloved Jewish tradition. In addition to writing, the author also enjoys studying his Jewish traditions, reading, playing the accordion and the piano for his family, playing games and sports with his children, and taking his family on hiking trips, camping trips and other adventures.

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  • File Size: 148 KB
  • Print Length: 116 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1456452495
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004E3XVRI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,900,265 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Free Book Reviews March 9, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Yaakov the Pirate Hunter
If you are looking for great adventure story to read to your children before bed, then look no further. This book is absolutely wonderful and grabs the imagination of the children that you are reading it to. My children were actually excited to go to bed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A fun adventure for a younger audience April 18, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Written by Nathaniel Wyckoff, this middle-grade novel follows Yaakov and his family as they chase down the pirates who stole some precious belongings. Originally created by the author to satisfy his own children's hunger for stories about robots, there is a sweetness to this story that is very similar to the Boxcar Children series. Somewhat far-fetched with amazing coincidences and adults who readily share their secrets, the storyline is rather simple and will appeal to a younger audience. Yaakov is a precocious 11-year-old who calls the shots and manages to put the pieces of the puzzle together. His character was interesting and young boys will likely relate well to his sense of adventure. On the other hand, I never really got a feel for Yosef and I'm left with this image of a sullen boy with no real personality. Rachel, the sister, was more interesting, allowing me to form a picture of what she may be like. Set in 2025, robots play a prominent theme, but everything else seems amazingly similar to today. It would have been fun to see a few more innovations that would allow the younger reader to imagine the world 14 years in the future as different and exciting.

One thing I really loved about this book was the seamless weaving of the Jewish culture into the storyline. As a child, I learned an awful lot about other cultures and peoples from the books I read. This book is poised to introduce a child to vocabulary and cultural practices of Judaism, while offering a fun and exciting story. At the same time, this provides a familiar context for Jewish children. Children enjoy reading about familiar things, and I haven't seen a plethora of middle-grade adventures starring children from the Jewish culture.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review by my 9 y o son August 11, 2011
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I think that Yaakov the Pirate Hunter is a great book! I especially like the parts with the robots. I also like that it was set in L.A. (as opposed to New York). It was also good because it had an element of history to it. Plus, Yaakov would be a fun person to be. I can't wait until there are more books about Yaakov and his family!
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More About the Author

Nathaniel Wyckoff was born and raised in the beautiful San Fernando Valley of southern California. From an early age, he was interested in reading, writing and listening to stories.
Though he works in a technical field, he counts storytelling among his favorite activities, belying the notion that scientifically oriented people are "not creative." Nathaniel's storytelling career took flight with the births of his children. His children enjoy all kinds of stories, but most of Nathaniel's stories for them are of the fantasy and adventure variety. Nathaniel's first novel, Yaakov the Pirate Hunter, was inspired by his son's request for a story about robots. It combines elements of science, adventure, and Nathaniel's beloved Jewish tradition.
In addition to writing, the author also enjoys studying his Jewish traditions, reading, playing the accordion and the piano for his family, playing games and sports with his children, and taking his family on hiking trips, camping trips and other adventures.

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