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Deck the Halls, Swab the Deck

Add even more excitement to your holiday season with some of these swashbuckling adventures.

Vaughn, Carrie. Steel. YA VAU – Pirates, sword fights, and hard work are not what Jill Archer expected on her family’s vacation to the Bahamas. But that’s what she gets after she picks up a rusty old sword on the beach and is transported to a pirate ship from centuries ago. 

Flanagan, John. The Outcasts. YA FLA – In this spinoff from the Ranger’s Apprentice series, Hal and his friends adventure through the seas on a Skandian Wolfship. They battle against other bands and have run-ins with a notorious pirate. (Book 1 in the Brotherband Chronicles.)

Stevenson, Robert Louis. Treasure Island. YA STE – This classic pirate tale is the story of Jim Hawkins, a cabin boy who ends up with a treasure map. It takes him on a swashbuckling adventure full of characters that are courageous, entertaining, and villainous. 

Renier, Aaron. The Unsinkable Walker Bean. YA REN – Walker Bean is given the task of removing a curse that was placed on his grandfather by a couple of sea witches. His mission puts him through way more danger and excitement than he ever wanted.

Aguiar, Nadia. The Lost Island of Tamarind. YA AGU – 13 year old Maya has lived her entire life sailing the ocean on a ship. When a storm hits, her parents are washed overboard and Maya lands on a mysterious and magical island. 

Bell, Ted. Nick of Time. YA BEL – At the cusp of World War II, 12 year old Nick finds a sea chest that transports him back in time where he comes up against the evil pirate Billy Blood.

Parker, Jade. To Catch a Pirate. YA PAR – It’s 1720 and Annalisa is sailing from England to the Caribbean when her ship is attacked by pirates. They steal her father’s treasure and she makes it her personal mission to get it back.

Hart, James. Capt. Hook: the adventures of a villainous youth. YA HAR – We all know that Captain Hook is the villain of Neverland and the arch enemy of Peter Pan. But how did he get to be that way? Find out in this book about his teenage years.

Meyer, L.A. Bloody Jack. YA MEY – Mary Faber is an orphan girl living on the streets by wits and courage alone. Chance and opportunity find her on a British Navy ship called the HMS Dolphin, disguised as a cabin boy and in pursuit of pirates.  (Book 1 in the Bloody Jack Adventures.)

Lee, Tanith. Piratica. YA LEE – Stuck at a boarding school in 19th century England, Artemsia Fitz-Willoughby decides she’s had enough etiquette classes to last a lifetime. She escapes, assumes the alias Art Blastside and takes the life of a pirate. (Book 1 in the Piratica Trilogy.)