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Booty: Girl Pirates on the High Seas Paperback – January 1, 2002

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From School Library Journal

Adult/High School-Brief but colorful accounts of 12 women who terrorized sailors in waters throughout the world, from the ninth century to the 1930s. Subjects range from Alfhild, a Viking who roamed the Baltic and North Seas, to Lai Choi San of Macao, who was probably the original "Dragon Lady." Americans include Mary Read and Anne Bonny. Through these fascinating misfits, readers get a close-up view of many cultures and times, and each life is made vivid and memorable. Synarski's bold, quirky, color illustrations and a variety of eye-catching typefaces create the amusing impression of a demented picture book. One chapter includes a glossary and explains pirate arcana. Unfortunately, the sketchy bibliography doesn't offer much practical guidance to students: many of the books listed would not be easily found, and some of these tales are more folklore than history in any case. Pirates are not usually considered to be positive role models, and Lorimer's matey gusto and humorous slant might raise hackles in some quarters; but while her enthusiasm for her subject is contagious, the author does not gloss over the cruelties inflicted, and hardships endured, by these women. Booty offers some fresh perspectives on the past, and it should attract graphic-novel fans as well as the most reluctant of readers.
Christine C. Menefee, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Sara Lorimer s travels have taken her to regions ranging from Fiji to the Arctic Circle. She now lives in New York City.

Susan Synarski s illustrations have appeared in Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, the Boston Globe, and other periodicals, and are featured in Rolling Stone: The Illustrated Portraits (also by Chronicle Books). She lives in Oakland, California.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (January 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811832376
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811832373
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,276,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on February 21, 2002
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As kids, many of us daydreamed of running away and becoming pirates, girls too. But, in the days when Jolly Rogers flew, were there pirate women? In her lively debut work, author Sara Lorimer answers yes, there were and "these women were real pirates who led lives just as adventurous and colorful as the male counterparts." Lorimer's well-researched book, which cites from a wide array of sources including a book of Danish history dating from the thirteenth century, relates both facts and lore from the lives of eleven pirate women including the famous Mary Read and Anne Bonny and lesser knowns such as Rachel Wall. Humor and wit pervade each chapter's recounting. With the added pleasure of Susan Synarski's illustrations, BOOTY pays off as a reader's ticket to escape to the high seas.
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I give this as a kids gift, I've been told it's for older kids, but that hasn't stopped me. If you want me to read to your kid- it will be something I enjoy reading. I give a warning that this book touches on a lot of hard subjects, and the author glosses like mad. It's really hard to write about "girl pirates" without mentioning rape, or talking about trans identities. This book tiptoes past those subjects in a way that I think it useful for starting conversations with kids. You can glass over and pretend it says nothing, or you can talk about what the text actually means.

There's so much to love about this book, I think it's a really great book for all kids to have on their shelves- these stories just aren't told enough.
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I loved this book and read it a few hours. It gives a very quick biography or a dozen or so female pirates throughout history, accompanied with some great, colorful illustrations. I really like the pictures. It is not a serious or scholary book on the subject, but rather a fun and campy look at a bit of history. I'm not so sure how accurate the accounts are, but it is an entertaining read none the less. I would recommend this book for highschoolers as a way to introduce them to and spark some interest in interesting characters from the past. The author includes a list of further reading at the end of the book if you find your are further interested in reading up on pirates.
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I couldn't ask for more: a lighthearted yet informative look at female pirates, suitable for children and adults alike. This book proves that women's history doesn't have to be shrill and defensive.
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By A Customer on February 26, 2002
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This book is a lot of fun, on a subject that doesn't get as much attention as it should. Piracy is a good career for a girl, too! For a terrific adult book on the subject, I would also recomend The Sweet Trade by Elizabeth Garrett.
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This is a fun collection of stories about women pirates and what their lives were like. Some of them I already knew about, but the additional information on how they lived and what life was like was very interesting.

Life wasn't easy for women, their options were limited and they had to make the best of their situations.

The descriptions of life for these women are pretty graphic, including dealing with bodily functions, so it probably wouldn't be appropriate for younger kids.
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