Jean Laffite : the pirate who saved America

by Rubin, Susan Goldman.

Format: Print Book 2012
Availability: Available at 6 Libraries 6 of 7 copies
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CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Biography qj F374.L2 R83 2012
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Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale Biography J B Laf
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Community Library of Allegheny Valley - Harrison Children Non Fiction J Q 92 LAFFITE
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Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Non-Fiction j 92L LAFITTE Rub
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Sewickley Public Library Juvenile Biography J B LAFITE 2012
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Upper St. Clair Township Library Juvenile Non-fiction JUV 910.4 PIRATES
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This biography of the infamous pirate Jean Laffite is a real-life, action-packed adventure. Since he was a young boy, Jean longed to be a pirate, and with the help of his brothers and uncle, he became one when he was just a teenager. Soon the only life he knew was on the high seas--a life full of glory, riches, disaster, and revenge. When he finally settled down in New Orleans, he managed to become a successful businessman and respected citizen, while still pirating. He even helped the United States win the War of 1812 when he alerted the U.S. government to a British plot to invade via New Orleans. With the help of Laffite and his pirates, General Andrew Jackson was able to beat back the British.Praise for Jean Laffite:"Move over, Jack Sparrow, and make way for Jean Laffite. This well-informed narrative gives readers a sense of what was happening in the world at the time as well as what it was like to be a real pirate."--School Library Journal"Cinematic illustrations by Jeff Himmelman add to the excitement. Filled with fascinating facts and dynamic pictures, Jean Laffite: The Pirate Who Saved America is sure to captivate both pirate-loving children and their parents, as well."--Jewish Book Council
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Some facts about pirates are expected they are smugglers and thieves, they live and die in duels, and their main aspirations are Spanish doubloons and treasured jewels. Jean Laffite, a pirate from Saint-Domingue, certainly fits many of these stereotypes, but he also embodies several other surprising historical personas. Laffite was a Jew, and his ancestors were exiled from Spain to the New World. Through stories of his beloved grandmother, Jean learned of the suffering of his people in their homeland and became an avowed enemy of any ship flying Spain's colors. With his brother Pierre, he sailed the high seas in the early nineteenth century, robbing and plundering. Laffite found himself in New Orleans in 1814 and managed to warn the governor of the impending British invasion. Although Rubin may overstate Laffite's role in saving America, she does not soft-pedal some of the seamier aspects of his piracy, such as his stint in slave smuggling. Laffite is not your average pirate, and his life story makes for an uncommon pirate tale.--Anderson, Erin Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Move over, Jack Sparrow. Jean Laffite grew up hearing stories of how his Jewish family was persecuted in Spain and forced to flee to Port-au-Prince in what is now Haiti. Carrying a letter of marque from France, Laffite (c. 1776-c. 1823) and his brothers sailed the high seas, capturing vessels flying the Spanish flag. Debut illustrator Himmelman's copper-toned digital illustrations are warm and cinematic: whether Laffite is staring down his enemy on a ship engulfed in flames or looking fiercely contemplative as leader of the first "pirate convention," he emerges as a handsome and magnetic hero. Readers will be captivated by this exciting story of a little known privateer. Endnotes offer more in-depth biographical information, including Laffite's conflicted attitude toward slavery and the possibility that he faked his own death. Ages 6-9. Agent: George Nicholson, Sterling Lord Literistic. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Laffite, Jean -- Juvenile literature.
Laffite, Jean.
Pirates -- Louisiana -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Pirates -- Texas -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
New Orleans, Battle of, New Orleans, La., 1815 -- Juvenile literature.
Privateering -- Mexico, Gulf of -- History -- 19th century -- Juvenile literature.
Jewish pirates -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
New Orleans, Battle of, New Orleans, La., 1815.
Privateering -- Mexico, Gulf of -- History -- 19th century.
Publisher New York :Abrams Books for Young Readers,2012
Contributors Himmelman, Jeff (Jeffrey)
Language English
Description 47 pages : color illustrations ; 31 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 46-47) and index.
ISBN 9780810997332 (hbk. : alk. paper)
0810997339 (hbk. : alk. paper)
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