Pirate Queens: Dauntless Women Who Dared To Rule the High Seas
This wow-worthy book proves that women have been making their mark in all aspects of history―even the high seas! Meet Ching Shih, a Chinese pirate who presided over a fleet of 80,000 men (by contrast, Blackbeard had some 300). Get the scoop on Anne Bonny who famously ran away from an arranged marriage to don trousers and brandish a pistol in the Bahamas. And there are more! Each pirate profile includes a dramatic original poem presented against a backdrop of gorgeous full-color art by award-winning illustrator Sara Woolley Gomez. Each profile is followed by fascinating information about the real life and times of these daring (and dangerous!) women. Vetted by the world’s leading pirate experts and historians, this book is a cool and edgy gift. It’s also perfect for any curious kid who dreams of adventure and for parents who are eager to show their tweens and teens that history is more diverse, daring, and surprising than what is typically found in textbooks.
Publisher: National Geographic
Publication Date: January 11, 2022
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Leigh Lewis is a children's writer who has been “playing pirates” since she could walk. She does her best work in loud cafes, on long journeys, or in bed while everyone else sleeps. Her adventures on the high seas have enabled her to call many places “home,” including Turkey, Greece, England and Russia, as well as many states, and she eventually navigated her way back to her hometown of Columbus, Ohio. Leigh spends her time there dreaming up stories for kids of all ages, buoyed by an amazing crew—her Turkish delight of a husband, their three indomitable daughters.