Pirate Diary

By Richard Platt
Illustrated by Chris Riddell

The swashbuckling adventures of Jake Carpenter, cabin boy.

The twenty-third of September, 1716. I write this on my last day at home. Tomorrow I am to join my Uncle Will aboard his ship and become A SAILOR. Will has told me of sea monsters and mermaids and has sailed through a hurricane. Maybe I shall see these things FOR MYSELF! Nine-year-old Jake Carpenter does indeed see all this – and more, when his ship, the Greyhound, is captured by pirates and he discovers the thrills and perils of life at sea as he embarks on an exciting new life on the wrong side of the law.

  • Ground-breaking non fiction - original edition won the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Blue Peter Book Awards: Best Book with Facts.
  • Detailed information about all sorts of things boy readers will revel in, including swords, pistols, cannons, floggings and how to navigate ships.
  • Fact section at the back about the colonies. the first pirates, viking raiders, buccaneers, famous pirates throughout history and piracy today.

About the author

Richard Platt is also the author of Castle Diary, Egyptian Diary and Roman Diary. Castle Diary was Highly Commended for the Kate Greenaway Medal and shortlisted for the Kurt Maschler Award. He lives in Kent.

About the illustrator

Chris Riddell is an author, political cartoonist (for The Observer) and the illustrator of Castle Diary, Don Quixote and Jonathan Swift's Gulliver, which won the Kate Greenaway Medal. He won the Smarties Prize in 2008. He lives in Brighton.


2003: Blue Peter Book Awards: The Best Book with Facts

Blue Peter Best Book with Facts Award - Winner

2002: Nestle Children's Book Prize/Nestle Smarties Book Prize

Nestle Smarties Book Prize - Winner

2001: Kate Greenaway Medal

Kate Greenaway Medal - Winner

ISBN: 9781406352658
Imprint: Walker
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Paperback
Release Date: September 1, 2014
Dimensions: 135 x 178mm, 128pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $9.99
New Zealand RRP: $12.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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