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
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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.