Location Author Title
J AME Jones, Elizabeth McDavid Mystery on Skull Island
In 1724, twelve-year-old Rachel and her friend Sally discover a pirates' hiding place on a deserted island near Charles Town, South Carolina, and they suspect it may be connected to the woman who will soon become Rachel's stepmother.
J BAB Babbitt, Natalie Jack Plank Tells Tales
Jack Plank has left his pirate shipmates and gone ashore. Each day he sets out from Mrs. DelFresno's boarding house to look for a new job. Each evening he returns to regale the other boarders with the story of his job search plus a tall tale from his life as a pirate to explain why that particular job wouldn't be suitable. For who would want to work where there might be a troll, or the danger of getting a crab permanently caught in your beard? Or what about a treacherous, music-loving crocodile?
J BON Bondor-Stone, Annabeth Shivers! The Pirate Who’s Afraid of Everything
Meet Shivers, the scaredy-est pirate to ever sail the Seven Seas. Along with his best friend, Margo, and his loyal fishmate (yes, you read that correctly), Albee, Shivers battles a giant squid, discovers hidden treasures, and gets pooped on by a pigeon to save his parents from the clutches of evil. (Yep, that's right: evil!) You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll never eat snails again. So put on your pantaloons, batten down the hatches, and join Shivers on his first (but still very dangerous) adventure.
J CAR Carlson, Caroline Magic Marks the Spot

Hilary Westfield has always dreamed of being a pirate. But the Very Nearly Honourable League of Pirates rejects Hilary's application because she's a girl, and her father ships her off to Miss Pimm's Finishing School for Delicate Ladies instead. Expected to wear woolen dresses (petticoats not provided) and enthusiastically throw herself into activities such as Viennese Waltzing for the Eager Novice, Miss Pimm's is every bit as horrid as Hilary feared. However, a true pirate never lets dire circumstances stand in her way, and after a mostly dreadful first week, Hilary escapes and applies for a job with a freelance pirate known as the Terror of the Southlands. He offers her a place on his misfit crew, on one condition: she must find the famous treasure that's rumored to contain most of the kingdom's lost magic. Hilary soon finds herself caught up in a dangerous quest, and on the run from her school governess and the most villainous pirate on the high seas!

 

Also in The Very Nearly Honourable League of Pirates series: The Terror of the Southlands.

J COL Colfer, Eoin Legend of Captain Crow’s Teeth
After surviving a summer with the legendary ninja librarian Spud Murphy, not much can scare brothers Will and Marty Woodman. Until, that is, they travel with their family to the small seaside town famous for its resident ghost. Legend has it that when the sea glows at night, pirate Captain Augustine Crow haunts the shore searching for a new cabin boy. Of course, nine-year-old Will knows this can't be true. But one night, he is out late, and the sea is lit with an eerie glow…and, is that a ghostly voice calling his name?
J COW Cowell, Cressida How to Be a Pirate
Follows the further adventures and misadventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third as his Viking training continues and his father leads a stranger and the Hairy Hooligans to the Isle of Skullions in search of a pirate's treasure.
J DEL Delabarre, Eric Saltwater Taffy
Five friends uncover a treasure map belonging to the ruthless pirate, Jea Lafitte. The discovery thrusts them from one treasure hunting adventure to the next.
J FAG Fagan, Cary Jacob Two-Two on the High Seas
After Jacob Two-Two's father writes a very important novel, the family makes plans to move to Canada. They board the SS "Spring-a-Leak" for a journey across the ocean, but something is wrong aboard ship. A series of clues -- a black eye patch; a parrot who squawks "Apple sauce in your underpants!"; and a sailing ship flying the Jolly Roger -- can only mean trouble. Will the intrepid Shapiro and the fearless O'Toole really be left on a desert island? Will Jacob Two-Two be made to walk the plank?
J FLE Fleischman, Sid The Giant Rat of Sumatra, or Pirates Galore
When the daring Giant Rat of Sumatra drops anchor in San Diego, twelve-year-old cabin boy Shipwreck only wants to begin his long journey home to Boston. Instead he encounters: snarling mutineers barefoot bandits hairbreadth escapes duels cunning barkeeps simmering revenge secret identities scrappy orphans betrayals lost loves old enemies new villains heroic last stands and razzle-dazzle treasure so well hidden that only someone as quick and clever as Shipwreck could keep up with it. Plucked from the sea by the most notorious pirate in the Pacific, Shipwreck discovers his adventure is only beginning.
J FOL Foley, Elizabeth Remarkable
Ten-year-old Jane Doe, the only student average enough to be excluded from the town of Remarkable's School for the Remarkably Gifted, is joined at her public school by the trouble-making Grimlet twins, who lead her on a series of adventures involving an out-of-control science fair project, a pirate captain on the run from a mutinous crew, a lonely dentist, and a newly constructed bell tower that endangers Remarkable's most beloved inhabitant--a skittish lake monster named Lucky.
J GUE Guerra, Elisa Puricelli The Legend of Black Bart
The ghost of the famous Black Bart, the fiercest pirate that ever existed, is terrifying Pembrose's inhabitants. Is it true that he had been so mean in his life that his spirit will not find peace until he performs a good deed? Minerva and her friends must find out.
J HAU Hausman, Gerald Tom Cringle: Battle on the High Seas

I, Tom Cringle, two days before my thirteenth birthday, have made the decision of my life: to go to sea.

 

Just two and a half weeks after Tom makes this bold declaration, he sets sail aboard the Bream as a midshipman in England's navy. The War of 1812 is raging, and Tom's ship is headed for Jamaica to patrol the waters against pirates.

Tom finds all the adventure he ever dreamed of -- and then some. Within his first few months as a sailor, he's caught in a life-and-death battle with a mysterious ghost ship, is rescued from a shipwreck by his faithful dog, Sneezer, survives an earthquake, and is kidnapped by Obediah Glasgow, a fierce and dangerous pirate for whom Tom develops an unexpected loyalty.

NEWBERY

1924

Hawes, Charles The Dark Frigate
In seventeenth century England, a terrible accident forces orphaned Philip Marsham to flee London in fear for his life. Bred to the sea, he signs on with the "Rose of Devon," a dark frigate bound for the quiet shores of Newfoundland.
Philip's bold spirit and knowledge of the sea soon win him his captain's regard. But when the "Rose of Devon" is seized in midocean by a devious group of men plucked from a floating wreck, Philip is forced to accompany these "gentlemen of fortune" on their murderous expeditions. Like it or not, Philip Marsham is now a pirate--with only the hangman awaiting his return to England.
J MIL Milway, Alex The Mousehunter

In Emiline's world, there are thousands of species of mice, some rarer than others. Mousehunters travel the world collecting the rarest and most special breeds, from the wily and deadly Sharpclaw Mouse to the dog-sized Elephant Mouse and the quick-as-lightning Comet Mouse.

For Emiline, a mousekeeper in the employ of wealthy Isiah Lovelock, there is no greater dream than becoming a famous mousehunter. So when she is given the opportunity to join the hunt for the legendary pirate Mousebeard, she sets off on the most dangerous, most thrilling, most swashbuckling adventure of a lifetime.

 

Also in this series: The Curse of Mousebeard; Mousebeard’s Revenge.

J MON Mone, Gregory Fish
Fish--nicknamed for his incredible swimming abilities--is a twelve-year-old boy from a poor farming family. After taking a job as a courier for his uncle, Fish is waylaid by pirates, who steal the package he's carrying. He soon learns that it's the key to locating the Chain of Chuacar, a legendary treasure. As he works to earn the trust of Cobb, the fortune-hunting captain of the Scurvy Mistress, Fish learns of a mutiny headed by a nasty pirate called Scab. With time running out to find the Chain, Fish and some fellow shipmates still loyal to Cobb must thwart Scab's dastardly plan.
J MOU Mould, Chris The Silver Casket (Something Wickedly Weird)

The only thing worse than pirates are undead pirates.

He might have survived his previous adventures, but Stanley Buggles has hardly found a quiet life in his home of Cramdon Rock. Now there are two more dead pirates out to find Stanely, and this time there's an army with them. They want the precious key to the Silver Casket. Stanley doesn't know what's inside the Silver Casket, but he and his friends will do everything in their power to not find out.

J OSB Osborne, Mary Pope Pirates Past Noon (Magic Tree House)

The magic treehouse whisks Jack and Annie back to the days of deserted islands, secret maps, hidden gold, and nasty pirates.

J PAV Pavanello, Roberto The Pirate with the Golden Tooth
When the Silver kids' uncle invites them to come stay at the beach for a week, they can't wait to have a relaxing vacation. But where the Bat Pack goes, mystery is sure to follow. Soon Echo and his human friends are busy uncovering the mystery surrounding an island rumored to be haunted by a crew of ghost pirates!
J PEC Peck, Dale Drift House: The First Voyage
Sent to stay with their uncle in a ship-like home called Drift House, twelve-year-old Susan and her two younger stepbrothers embark on an unexpected adventure involving duplicitous mermaids, pirates, and an attempt to stop time forever.
J REE Rees, Douglas Uncle Pirate
Wilson is one of the most bullied fourth-graders at the chaotic Very Elementary School until his long-lost uncle, Desperate Evil Wicked Bob--a pirate--and his talking penguin arrive and begin making everything ship-shape, one classroom at a time.
J REE Rees, Douglas Uncle Pirate to the Rescue
When Captain Desperate Evil Wicked Bob receives a plea from his former crew, he heads out to rescue them and is soon followed by his nephew Wilson, Commodore Purvis, Captain Jack, and others who fear that he needs to be rescued, as well.
J ROO Root, Phyllis Lilly and the Pirates
Ten-year-old Lilly, a worrier who greatly fears the sea, leaves the home of her librarian great-uncle and sets out with an old woman pirate to rescue her parents, who were shipwrecked while seeking the elusive frangipani fruit fly on an uncharted island.
J ROS Rossell, Judith Jack Jones and the Pirate Curse
With the death of his Great-Uncle Mungo, Jack learns to his dismay that, as the tenth-generation descendant of the Caribbean pirate Blackstrap Morgan, he is next in line to inherit the Pirate Curse and is fated to spend his life running from a vengeful band of pirates--unless he finds a way to outsmart them.
J RYA Ryan, Carrie The Map to Everywhere
Twelve-year-old Fin, a master thief from the pirate world of Khaznot Quay, and Marrill, also twelve, of Arizona, cross paths in the magical world of the Pirate Stream while on a quest for a mysterious map.
J SCH Schulz, Heidi Hook’s Revenge

Twelve-year-old Jocelyn dreams of becoming every bit as daring as her infamous father, Captain James Hook. Her grandfather, on the other hand, intends to see her starched and pressed into a fine society lady. When she's sent to Miss Eliza Crumb-Biddlecomb's Finishing School for Young Ladies, Jocelyn's hopes of following in her father's fearsome footsteps are lost in a heap of dance lessons, white gloves, and way too much pink.

So when Jocelyn receives a letter from her father challenging her to avenge his untimely demise at the jaws of the Neverland crocodile, she doesn't hesitate-here at last is the adventure she has been waiting for. But Jocelyn finds that being a pirate is a bit more difficult than she'd bargained for. As if attempting to defeat the Neverland's most fearsome beast isn't enough to deal with, she's tasked with captaining a crew of woefully untrained pirates, outwitting cannibals wild for English cuisine, and rescuing her best friend from a certain pack of lost children, not to mention that pesky Peter Pan who keeps barging in uninvited.

J SCI Scieszka, Jon The Not-So-Jolly Roger (Time Warp Trio)
Joe, Fred, and Sam are really up a tree this time. Literally. Not only has Joe's Book set them down in a coconut tree, but the tree's surrounded by pirates! Their choices: join Blackbeard's crew, walk the plank, or become coconut stew! What can a time traveler say but, "Yo ho ho and a bottle of ginger ale"?
J SEL Selfors, Suzanne Smells Like Pirates

Homer thought that being inducted as a member of L.O.S.T., the mysterious Society of Legends, Objects, Secrets, and Treasures, would be the key to finding pirate Rumpold Smeller's missing treasure. But when Homer's sworn enemy, Lorelei, forms an evil organization called FOUND, Homer and Dog face an impossible decision: Work with Lorelei to find the prize once and for all, or abandon their lifelong quest to locate the treasure.

In the end, there can be only one owner of the coveted pirate booty: Who will reach it first? And who will be forced to walk the plank? What does FOUND mean for the future of L.O.S.T.? And just what is this famous treasure, anyway?

J SMA Small, Charlie The Perfumed Pirates of Perfidy
Charlie Small’s second journal of his adventures was found encased in ice, high on a glacial plateau in the Himalayas. It details even more remarkable deeds and thrilling acts aboard the Jolly Roger with the dastardly lady-pirates of perfidy–and a lot more besides. Charlie Small is a keen amateur explorer. His interests include climbing trees, collecting things, playing computer games, and football. He also enjoys conversing in the secret language of the gorillas. His present whereabouts is unknown, but we understand that he’s hoping to be home in time for tea.
J SNO Snow, Alan Worse Things Happen at Sea!
Welcome to Ratbridge! The nautical laundry sets sail for a swashbuckling adventure on the high seas! Join Arthur, Fish the boxtroll, inventor Marjorie and Willbury Nibble QC (retired) as they undertake a perilous quest involving rampaging monsters, cabbage rain, an old enemy, and a curious amount of cheese.
J STE Stevenson, Robert Louis Treasure Island (Great Illustrated Classics)

When Jim Hawkins finds an old pirate map showing a small island marked with a red cross, he knows that a fortune in gold lies waiting for him. What could be more exciting than buried treasure?

Aboard a ship named the Hispaniola, Jim sails toward Treasure Island. The voyage goes well until Jim overhears a frightening conversation. He learns that the one-legged man who signed on as ship's cook is really the famous pirate Long John Silver. And worse - he discovers that the crew are teaming up with Silver to steal the treasure. Can Jim save the gold...and save his life?

J STE Stewart, Paul Fergus Crane (Far-Flung Adventures)
Fergus Crane has an almost ordinary life—having lessons taught by rather odd teachers on the school ship Betty Jeanne and helping his mother in the bakery. But then a mysterious flying box appears at the window of his waterfront home and Fergus is plunged headlong into an exciting adventure! The box is followed by a winged mechanical horse that whisks him off to meet his long-lost uncle and his penguin helpers, Finn, Bill, and Jackson. Fergus finds out that his teachers are not quite what they seem— they’re actually pirates! Can Fergus and his winged horse save his schoolmates on the far-off Fire Island? And who else will he find there?
J TRE Bradman, Tony A Treasury of Pirate Stories
"Ahoy there, mateys!" Here's a swashbuckling collection that's sure to set young castaways adrift on a sea of adventure. It includes stories by Jon Scieszka, J. M. Barrie, and Robert Louis Stevenson.

Last Updated: 5/7/2015