Sunday, April 29, 2018

Abigail Adams, Pirate of the Caribbean (Time Twisters #2) by Steve Sheinkin

I love pirates and I couldn't see Abigail Adams acting like one.  So I asked to read this story...

The author graciously sent me a copy to read for review (thank you).  It has been published and you can grab a copy now.

She might be the second first lady but she's real tired of living in a white house that isn't finished and hanging her laundry inside so it will dry.  He's busy with business but she's bored.  So she decides she'd like to be a pirate.  After all, even if she can't get her husband to listen about equality for women, you can be a female pirate.  All you have to do is prove you're tough.

This series has the feel of the Magic Treehouse adventures but they don't use a treehouse.  Abigail jumps into her laundry basket and travels to a different time and place.  Abe Lincoln is the one who alerts the kids that she's going to need help to get back to her own time.

This is a mix of fact and fiction and a bit of a silly read but it's an easy way for middle graders to learn a bit of dry history in a way that makes it fun. Neil Swaab's illustrations give it a graphic novel touch that adds to charm.  There's enough nonsensical things going on to maintain interest and the few facts should stick.  It's a bit weak as a learning tool but watching Abigail out stare the captain of the pirates is worth it!

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