Author: Stephanie Bearce
Product Code: 4218
ISBN: 978-1-61821-421-8
Pages: 128
Availability: In stock.


Pirates of the Golden Age had to deal with scurvy, fight ferocious battles, and eat everything from monkeys to snakes to sea turtles, but you won’t learn that in your history books! Discover the truth about Anne Bonny, the Irish woman who was a true Pirate of the Caribbean, and the secrets of Blackbeard and the daring pirate Cheng I Sao. Then learn how to talk like a pirate and make a buried treasure map for your friends. It’s all part of the true stories from the Top Secret Files: Pirates and Buried Treasure. Take a look if you dare, but be careful! Some secrets are meant to stay hidden . . .

Ages 9–12

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by Chris
on 1/31/2016
Top Secret Files: Pirates and Buried Treasure
Stephanie Bearce’s “Top Secret Files” series proves just how interesting history can be. These books are jam-packed with facts that will inform and entertain any age.

This latest installment is a fascinating look at the lives of pirates, often obliterating misconceptions about the “pirate’s life,” such as buried treasure, treasure maps, and walking the plank. Pirates’ lives were extremely difficult, and stories abound with “icky” facts guaranteed to keep young readers enthralled.

The book is divided into sections: Pirate Problems, Weapons, Words, & Wardrobe, VIPs (very important pirates), and Pirate’s Treasure, and each section is followed by hands-on activities, including how to make sea biscuits, play a pirate dice game, and make a catapult.

The chapters are short and easily digestible (if you can stomach hearing all about scurvy, lice, and dysentery) with lots of extra sidebars, plus links to online extras and many reference materials. Excellent addition to any home or classroom!
by Peggy Archer
on 1/26/2016
from O'Fallon, MO
PIRATES & BURIED TREASURE!
Aar! Is the life of a pirate the job for you? Not if you don’t like curfews! Once again Stephanie Bearce fills young minds with the facts behind the legends in her book about PIRATES & BURIED TREASURE in this new book in the TOP SECRET FILES collection. 

Learn about pirate jobs and the rules of the ship and how to dress and talk like a pirate. Then read stories about real pirates, some more terrifying than others, including women pirates, slaves turned pirates, the pirate who was a scientist, and one who was a really rotten pirate. 

Along the way readers can learn some pirate skills of their own by doing Pirate Practice. Learn to make your own pirate flag, play pirate games, make your own treasure map, and more. Then see if you can crack the code and find Levasseur’s treasure! 

Great research and captivating writing make PIRATES & BURIED TREASURE is another excellent read for students and adults alike. 
by Valerie Battle Kienzle
on 1/21/2016
from Weldon Spring, MO
Top Secret Files: Pirates & Buried Treasure
Ah, the life of a pirate.  Treasure, sailing the high seas, living a life of excess.  Sounds daring and intriguing -- or not.  Author Stephanie Bearce takes an honest look at the life of history's real-life pirates, like Black Beard, Sadie the Goat, and Stede Bonnet.  Unlike what many are led to believe in storybooks, all was not well for these salt-water adventurers.  In reality, pirates lived relatively short lives filled with sickness, hard work, unsanitary conditions, and limited food options.  And the chance of an untimely, violent death was highly likely.  Bearce includes extras like a recipe for sea biscuits, a code guide, pirate flags, and a game.  This book is one of the latest in her highly successful "Top Secret Files" series, and promises to interest even reluctant readers.
by Nicki Jacobsmeyer
on 1/19/2016
from St. Louis, MO
Treasure Chests of Facts and Fun!
As a mother of elementary and middle school boys, I found this book to be a winner! Finding interesting and fun books for my boys can be challenging. When I came home with TOP SECRET FILES: PIRATES AND BURIED TREASURE, they snatched it right up.

My 10-year old enjoyed the “Weapons, Words and Wardrobe” and “Pirate Treasure” sections the most. He is in a pirate musical at school and couldn’t wait to share the facts he learned. My 7-year old son wanted to do all the “Pirate Practice” categories and won twice at the Dice Game, Pig (p.85). Even I was captivated by the strange tales and history behind a pirate’s life.

We look forward to adding more of the TOP SECRET FILES books to our home library. Pick up a copy for treasure chests full of fun and learning for the entire family!
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Review: Gifted Child Today - March 16, 2016
Bearce takes history to a level far beyond the basic textbook by sharing unique facts, stories, and interactive learning experiences that transport the reader back in time . . . These books are wonderful resources for encouraging reading and engaging the curious minds of students, especially those who are interested in adventure.
 
Review by: Sue Morris, Kid Lit Reviews - September 23, 2015
Pirates and Buried Treasure will intrigue anyone interested in pirates. Teachers can find much in this book to use in lessons, making Pirates and Buried Treasure a nice adjunct text. Actually, the entire Top Secret Files series makes a great classroom tool. History buffs will love the series. Everyone loves a secret and there are tons of not-so-well-known facts inside Pirates and Buried Treasure. Individually or as a set, the Top Secret Files books will thrill kids. Many kids not interested in history will change their minds once they read one of these fascinating books. I know I did. Included is a bibliography and related websites.
 
Review by: Elaine Weiner, Gifted Education Communicator - September 1, 2015
Another Top Secret Files and this time it scared me! Who knew that there were so many facts about pirates? Who really cares? I didn’t. But you know the author, Stephanie Bearce. She can make you care about anything she writes. This time she takes us back to 1650–1730.

Like all Top Secret Files, this book has pictures and little, different shaped boxes with wonderful facts. The Top Secret Files books are aimed at 9–12 year olds, but every adult will love them. The information will fascinate all ages.

Buy this book for your classrooms and your children, but please don’t forget to read it yourselves!
 

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