Children's & Middle Grade · Fantasy · Sci-Fi

Review: Airborn by Kenneth Oppel

You may recall how much I loved the book Airman by Eoin Colfer back in May. The adventure, the embrace of science, the intense writing and journey the protagonist goes through. It was also one of the best audiobooks I’d heard. So, since then I’ve been looking for readalikes, and one of the first I selected…… Continue reading Review: Airborn by Kenneth Oppel

History

Talk Like a Pirate Day: Real Pirates

My friend Connor M. is doing his senior research on pirates and privateers, and in honor of Talk Like a Pirate Day, graciously agreed to become this blog’s first guest poster! I mentioned the other day I don’t know much about real pirates… little did I know he was already writing on real pirates as…… Continue reading Talk Like a Pirate Day: Real Pirates

Children's & Middle Grade · History · TV & Movies

Talk Like a Pirate Day Pirate Awards: The Best Pirate Stuff Ever

My friends — dare I say, mateys — the day has come. Talk Like a Pirate Day. The revered holiday on which we talk like pirates. In celebration of this all-important holiday, I give you, a completely random and subjective list of pirate-themed awards, in no order at all!  ~~ Best Middle Grade/Children’s Pirate Book The Pirates’ Mixed-Up Voyage by Margaret…… Continue reading Talk Like a Pirate Day Pirate Awards: The Best Pirate Stuff Ever

Adult Fiction · History · Nonfiction

Pastafarianism: Gods and Pirates as Fictional Constructs

When I decided to do blog posts celebrating Talk Like a Pirate Day on the 19th, I immediately knew I wanted to mention Pastafarianism and the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. At first I was just going to put it in a list of fun facts or give it an award for Best Use of…… Continue reading Pastafarianism: Gods and Pirates as Fictional Constructs

Children's & Middle Grade · Fantasy · TV & Movies

“The Pirate Fairy”: A New Direction

This movie opens not with Tinker Bell, but with Zarina, a fairy we haven’t seen before. She’s a Dustkeeper fairy, one of the workers who maintains the flow of pixie dust for the others. We find out she’s an inquisitive fairy, running experiments on the dust even though tampering with dust is forbidden. She goes…… Continue reading “The Pirate Fairy”: A New Direction