Beware, Pirates!

Canadian Flyer Adventures

By Frieda Wishinsky and Dean Griffiths

From 6 to 9 | 96 pages

In Beware, Pirates!, the debut title in the Canadian Flyer Adventures series, friends Matt and Emily discover the Canadian Flyer, a magical time-traveling sled, in Emily’s attic. The magic sled transports them back to the year 1577 where they find themselves aboard Martin Frobisher’s ship, The Aid. Adventure beckons, and Emily and Matt are happy to follow. Until, that is, they encounter a crew of pirates!

Author Frieda Wishinsky weaves well-researched and accurate historical facts into her compelling, kid-friendly storytelling, while Dean Griffith’s evocative illustrations situate readers perfectly in place and time. At the end of their adventure, Emily and Matt share additional facts about pirate ships, Nunavut, and Martin Frobisher, and Wishinsky gives additional facts here too, in an informative Q&A format.

…easily accessible to kids who are learning to read chapter books…The most vivid aspect of [Wishinsky’s] story is its critical perspective on Canada’s colonial history. - Quill & Quire
This series would make a great read-aloud choice for parents or teachers, and readers will have a hard time putting the books down…a very welcome addition to the historical fiction genre and provides a much-needed Canadian perspective. Highly recommended. - CM Magazine: Canadian Review of Materials
What child can resist a great adventure? Add in the element of time travel and you have a sure winner on your hands! […] Our youngest generation can learn for themselves that Canadian history is NOT boring…and have lots of fun along the way. - Canadian Children's Book News
Short chapters, simple language and a fast moving story all make this a fun adventure for young readers…This book, and the others in the series, will make an excellent addition to both classroom and home libraries across Canada. - Canadian Bookseller
Short chapters and black and white illustrations add to the appeal of this new series for readers in the 6 to 9 age range. - Canadian Teacher
The Canadian Flyer Adventures…impart Canadian facts and history, while telling an exciting story…[Readers] will enjoy these stories and learn something about Canada while doing so! - Quebec Home & School News
Author Wishinsky touches upon geography, social studies and other cultural matters, and thoughtfully provides notes at book’s end…For a gentle, instructive introduction to “grown-up” chapter books, Beware, Pirates fits the bill. - The Hamilton Spectator
After a series of adventures involving pirates and a friendly Inuit boy names Minik, [Emily and Matt] learn more than they ever could have from a history textbook. Every book in this new series promises to shed light on a different chapter of Canadian history. - The Monreal Gazette
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