The Day the Pirates Went Mad
THE DAY THE PIRATES WENT MAD was written for my daughter and started off as a short story. One about a girl overcoming a cursed pirate treasure to save her found family, inspired by the greedy in-fighting and backstabbing represented in R.L. Stevenson’s “Treasure Island” and Y.E. Allison’s poem “Derelict” – all for a bit of gold and silver. This tale would take us on our own adventure, and simultaneously let us talk about what life was really like during the Age of Sail and the Golden Age of Piracy in particular – but without dwelling on some of the grittier realities (that’s the ‘cozy’ part). Entertainingly educational!– Trevor Atkins, author of “The Day the Pirates Went Mad”.
Over the course of five years(!) the short story developed into a novel and was published in 2021. I was (and still am!) very happy to share it. I hope it helps make learning fun for some young readers. 🙂
A Historical Adventure
THE DAY THE PIRATES WENT MAD is a cozy historical fiction that also conveys a boatload of learning about the life and times of those sailing the seas 300 years ago, during the Age of Sail. Follow the adventures of eleven-year-old Emma Sharpe as she learns to sail the sea, bonds with her shipmates, and then must save them all from a cursed pirate treasure before it’s too late! [ Read the full description… ]
Want to Know More?
- Meet the Author: The Day the Pirates Went Mad by Trevor Atkins
- Shaz’s Book Blog: Author Interview with Trevor Atkins
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In Support of BCCHF
Since the release of “THE DAY THE PIRATES WENT MAD”, 100% of all royalties have been collected in support of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation. For maximum impact, you may also give directly via https://www.bcchf.ca/