Pirates and Privateers Dyslexia Series

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A Special Series of Books for Children Who Struggle to Read

For centuries, pirates roved the seas, terrorizing honest ship captains and their crews with their thieving and murderous ways. By the 17th century, pirates began working their way along the eastern coast of the Americas, first in the West Indies and then up to the colonies in the new country that would soon become the United States. But the pirates of the Americas were of a special kind, and they called themselves buccaneers.

The story of the pirates of early America is one of both lawlessness and also of corruption, for many of the pirates were quietly and privately sanctioned by governors and other officials who received stolen goods or kickbacks from the sale of those goods in exchange for leaving the pirates alone. Later, the King of England thought that by pardoning pirates who agreed to give up piracy, he could transform them into privateersmen. A privateer was a ship whose owner had been given papers from his country’s government giving him permission to attack ships from enemy countries, much as a pirate might do. Some of the pirates went on to become privateersmen, but others used the king's pardon as a way of escaping punishment and went right on robbing and killing. 

But privateersmen were not always ex-pirates. Many captains who commanded privateers were law-abiding citizens who wanted to protect their countries when their governments' own militaries were insufficient and incapable of doing so. In fact, without the help of privateersmen, the United States might never have won its sovereignty from England because it had not yet organized a navy that was able to guard and defend all of its shores.

This swashbuckling series explores some of the pirates who sailed the open seas around America, as well as the privateersmen who defended their country when it could not defend itself, often changing history in the process. These books are printed in a special dyslexia-friendly font that makes them easier for some children with visual processing problems to read. A special feature of the books is that each two-page spread contains a QR code that links to audio of the book being narrated. Children can listen and follow along to help them learn the words that they are seeing.

The Pirates and Privateers Dyslexia Series offers a way for children with reading difficulties to enjoy reading and American history in a rare and wonderfully accessible combination that they will treasure for years to come.

Note: Although each title is meant to be a standalone book, important terms are defined or explained in the first book in which they appear, and the stories build upon one another, making the reading of the books in chronological order a more rewarding experience for children who are new to the topic.

To view all of the Adventures on the American Frontier dyslexia series, click here.

To view a standard-font edition of the stories in this series presented together as a single biographical novel without the audio feature, click here.

A Special Series of Books for Children Who Struggle to Read

For centuries, pirates roved the seas, terrorizing honest ship captains and their crews with their thieving and murderous ways. By the 17th century, pirates began working their way along the eastern coast of the Americas, first in the West Indies and then up to the colonies in the new country that would soon become the United States. But the pirates of the Americas were of a special kind, and they called themselves buccaneers.

The story of the pirates of early America is one of both lawlessness and also of corruption, for many of the pirates were quietly and privately sanctioned by governors and other officials who received stolen goods or kickbacks from the sale of those goods in exchange for leaving the pirates alone. Later, the King of England thought that by pardoning pirates who agreed to give up piracy, he could transform them into privateersmen. A privateer was a ship whose owner had been given papers from his country’s government giving him permission to attack ships from enemy countries, much as a pirate might do. Some of the pirates went on to become privateersmen, but others used the king's pardon as a way of escaping punishment and went right on robbing and killing. 

But privateersmen were not always ex-pirates. Many captains who commanded privateers were law-abiding citizens who wanted to protect their countries when their governments' own militaries were insufficient and incapable of doing so. In fact, without the help of privateersmen, the United States might never have won its sovereignty from England because it had not yet organized a navy that was able to guard and defend all of its shores.

This swashbuckling series explores some of the pirates who sailed the open seas around America, as well as the privateersmen who defended their country when it could not defend itself, often changing history in the process. These books are printed in a special dyslexia-friendly font that makes them easier for some children with visual processing problems to read. A special feature of the books is that each two-page spread contains a QR code that links to audio of the book being narrated. Children can listen and follow along to help them learn the words that they are seeing.

The Pirates and Privateers Dyslexia Series offers a way for children with reading difficulties to enjoy reading and American history in a rare and wonderfully accessible combination that they will treasure for years to come.

Note: Although each title is meant to be a standalone book, important terms are defined or explained in the first book in which they appear, and the stories build upon one another, making the reading of the books in chronological order a more rewarding experience for children who are new to the topic.

To view all of the Adventures on the American Frontier dyslexia series, click here.

To view a standard-font edition of the stories in this series presented together as a single biographical novel without the audio feature, click here.

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Peter Francis, Buccaneer

Subtitle: Pirates and Privateers, Part One

Author: A Royal Fireworks Press Publication; Tice, Christopher (Illustrator and Narrator)

Subjects: Pirates; Sailing Ships; Dyslexia-Friendly Books

Age: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Pages: 33

ISBN: 978-0-89824-733-6

Order code: 7336

Price: $17.00
Website price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 7336S

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In the 17th century, there were pirates in many parts of the world, but in the Americas, there emerged a kind of pirate called the buccaneer. Peter Francis, known throughout the New World as Peter the Great, was one of the most dreaded buccaneers of his time. He was so feared that even when he was captured, his captors agreed to let him go, free to rove the seas once more.

In the 17th century, there were pirates in many parts of the world, but in the Americas, there emerged a kind of pirate called the buccaneer. Peter Francis, known throughout the New World as Peter the Great, was one of the most dreaded buccaneers of his time. He was so feared that even when he was captured, his captors agreed to let him go, free to rove the seas once more.

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First Mate Henry King and the Privateer

Subtitle: Pirates and Privateers, Part Two

Author: A Royal Fireworks Press Publication; Tice, Christopher (Illustrator and Narrator)

Subjects: Pirates; Sailing Ships; Dyslexia-Friendly Books

Age: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Pages: 42

ISBN: 978-0-89824-734-3

Order code: 7343

Price: $17.00
Website price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 7343S

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Young Henry King was first mate on a merchant ship that was taking goods from England to the American colony of Virginia when it was captured by a Dutch privateer. When his captain and most of the crew were taken aboard the privateer, Henry found himself in a battle of both brains and brawn against the young Dutch man chosen to command his ship. Could he outwit his inexperienced adversary and save the English ship?

Young Henry King was first mate on a merchant ship that was taking goods from England to the American colony of Virginia when it was captured by a Dutch privateer. When his captain and most of the crew were taken aboard the privateer, Henry found himself in a battle of both brains and brawn against the young Dutch man chosen to command his ship. Could he outwit his inexperienced adversary and save the English ship?

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Captain Kidd, Pirate

Subtitle: Pirates and Privateers, Part Three

Author: A Royal Fireworks Press Publication; Tice, Christopher (Illustrator and Narrator)

Subjects: Pirates; Sailing Ships; Dyslexia-Friendly Books

Age: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Pages: 46

ISBN: 978-0-89824-735-0

Order code: 7350

Price: $17.00
Website price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 7350S

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Captain William Kidd did not intend to become a pirate. In fact, the most notorious pirate of his day would not have considered himself a pirate at all. The victim of bad luck and an even worse conspiracy against him, Captain Kidd became famous for acts of murder and brutality that he never actually committed.

Captain William Kidd did not intend to become a pirate. In fact, the most notorious pirate of his day would not have considered himself a pirate at all. The victim of bad luck and an even worse conspiracy against him, Captain Kidd became famous for acts of murder and brutality that he never actually committed.

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Blackbeard's Greatest Battle

Subtitle: Pirates and Privateers, Part Four

Author: A Royal Fireworks Press Publication; Tice, Christopher (Illustrator and Narrator)

Subjects: Pirates; Sailing Ships; Dyslexia-Friendly Books

Age: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Pages: 45

ISBN: 978-0-89824-736-7

Order code: 7367

Price: $17.00
Website price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 7367S

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When it came to pirates, there was none so feared as Blackbeard. His name alone struck dread in the hearts of all who heard about him. He so terrorized the people of the American colonies that at last one man, Lieutenant Robert Maynard, agreed to try to stop him. It would be a deadly battle, and many men, both sailors and pirates, were sure to be killed. But would Lieutenant Maynard be able to bring down the cruel and fearsome Blackbeard?

When it came to pirates, there was none so feared as Blackbeard. His name alone struck dread in the hearts of all who heard about him. He so terrorized the people of the American colonies that at last one man, Lieutenant Robert Maynard, agreed to try to stop him. It would be a deadly battle, and many men, both sailors and pirates, were sure to be killed. But would Lieutenant Maynard be able to bring down the cruel and fearsome Blackbeard?

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Stede Bonnet, Landlubber Pirate

Subtitle: Pirates and Privateers, Part Five

Author: A Royal Fireworks Press Publication; Tice, Christopher (Illustrator and Narrator)

Subjects: Pirates; Sailing Ships; Dyslexia-Friendly Books

Age: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Pages: 33

ISBN: 978-0-89824-737-4

Order code: 7374

Price: $17.00
Website price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 7374S

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Could a well-to-do gentleman who had never commanded a ship before learn to be a pirate by reading books on the subject? Stede Bonnet thought he would try. When he met some success, another landlubber, Colonel William Rhett, decided to go after him. What happens when two men who have little idea of what they're doing meet for a sea battle? The answer forms a tale like no other.

Could a well-to-do gentleman who had never commanded a ship before learn to be a pirate by reading books on the subject? Stede Bonnet thought he would try. When he met some success, another landlubber, Colonel William Rhett, decided to go after him. What happens when two men who have little idea of what they're doing meet for a sea battle? The answer forms a tale like no other.

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Silas Talbot, Heroic Privateersman

Subtitle: Pirates and Privateers, Part Six

Author: A Royal Fireworks Press Publication; Tice, Christopher (Illustrator and Narrator)

Subjects: Pirates; Sailing Ships; Dyslexia-Friendly Books

Age: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Pages: 38

ISBN: 978-0-89824-738-1

Order code: 7381

Price: $17.00
Website price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 7381S

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Although he did his duty bravely, Silas Talbot's first task for the army of the American colonies during the Revolutionary War ended with him badly wounded—and so did every mission after that. Finally, Silas decided to work as a privateersman instead so that he could plan out his own missions. His idea to outwit the English sailors who were setting up to attack his hometown was dangerous and daring, but Silas was determined to succeed.

Although he did his duty bravely, Silas Talbot's first task for the army of the American colonies during the Revolutionary War ended with him badly wounded—and so did every mission after that. Finally, Silas decided to work as a privateersman instead so that he could plan out his own missions. His idea to outwit the English sailors who were setting up to attack his hometown was dangerous and daring, but Silas was determined to succeed.

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Pirates and Privateers Dyslexia Series Set

Author: A Royal Fireworks Press Publication; Tice, Christopher (Illustrator and Narrator)

Subjects: Pirates; Sailing Ships; Dyslexia-Friendly Books

Age: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14

Grade: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Order code: 7336SET

Price: $102.00
Website price: $50.00

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This set includes all six books in the series: Peter Francis, Buccaneer; First Mate Henry King and the Privateer; Captain Kidd, Pirate; Blackbeard's Greatest Battle; Stede Bonnet, Landlubber Pirate; and Silas Talbot, Heroic Privateersman, all offered together at a reduced price.

This set includes all six books in the series: Peter Francis, Buccaneer; First Mate Henry King and the Privateer; Captain Kidd, Pirate; Blackbeard's Greatest Battle; Stede Bonnet, Landlubber Pirate; and Silas Talbot, Heroic Privateersman, all offered together at a reduced price.

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