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Excerpt: 'How I Became a Pirate'

by Melinda Long, illustrated by David Shannon
Jun 16, 2005

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Melinda Long, illustrated by David Shannon

Jeremy Jacob's day at the beach with his family is interrupted when a pirate ship sails into view, skull and crossbones flying. Soon he's enlisted to help the scurvy dogs bury treasure. Reviewer John Kelly recommends this title, particularly for reading aloud. Check out two pages from the book, below.


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I know about pirates, because one day, when I was at the beach building a sand castle and minding my own business, a pirate ship sailed into view. I knew what it was, because its flag had a skull and crossbones on it.

When they landed, the head pirate climbed out of the boat and yelled, "Ahoy thar, matey! Be this the Spanish Main?" "No," I said, "this is North Beach." "Shiver me timbers!" the pirate said. "We must have taken a wrong turn at Bora Bora."

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