Project Description

Privateers Apprentice
Teacher’s Guide

Paperback Coming Spring 2018

Privateer’s Apprentice

by Susan Verrico

When Jameson is kidnapped and taken to sea, he must learn how to survive – and how to apply the skills he has learned at home as a printer’s son.

Jameson Cooper always assumed someday he’d grow up to be a printer like his father. But after the death of his parents, he’s wrongly accused of stealing bread and sentenced to indentured servitude for the baker, changing his fortunes forever. What happens next defies all of Jameson’s expectations: suddenly knocked out and kidnapped, he awakes on board the Destiny, captained by the fearsome Attack Jack, a privateer in the service of Queen Anne.

Now Jameson is learning an entirely new trade as a sailor. He’s also using skills he learned from his father to aid Attack Jack in mapping the New World so that they can claim new territories for England. But the captain and his first mate, Solitaire Peep, have a secret hidden deep in a cave on a mysterious island. England’s future might hang in the balance…and so might Jameson’s.

Hardcover: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-633-8
Total Pages: 224
Size: 6 x 8 1/2
Language: English
To pre-order this format, please contact sales at 1-800-241-0113 (404-876-8761) between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Paperback: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-68263-040-2
Total Pages: 224
Size: 6 x 8 1/2
Language: English

Format: E-book
ISBN: 978-1-56145-929-2
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English

Purchase this E-book through the following vendors:

Baker & Taylor
Barnes & Noble
Recorded Books

Accelerated Reader
AR Quiz#: 153434
AR Reading Level: 5.5
AR Points: 9

F&P (Fountas & Pinnell)
F&P Level: Z
F&P Genre: HF
F&P Grade: 7 & 8

Reading Counts
Reading Counts Level: 5.6
Reading Counts Points: 15
Reading Counts Interest Level: 6-8


“The driving plot, including a harrowing battle at sea and an escapade on a mysterious island, whets readers’ appetites for more action.” ―School Library Journal

“The life of a sailor was pretty gross, and middle school students love that sort of thing.” ―Kids Book Central blog

“Jameson must use his knowledge to rescue the captain which provides a nerve-racking resolution that appeal to the adventurer at heart.” ―Boys to Books blog

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“Verrico sets a captivating tale for young readers to escape and enjoy.” ―The Pirate Tree blog

“A wonderful cast of strange characters and adventure set in a historically fictitious world is what makes this book one to be embraced by anyone.” ―Book and Movie Dimensions blog

“This book is nicely paced, and would be a good fit for teens interested in historical fiction with action.” ―Bandelier Girl Reads blog

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New Voices ―American Booksellers Association 2012

Children’s and Young Adult Book Awards (intermediate – fiction) ―International Reading Association 2013

Alabama Camellia Awards (nominee, grades 4-5) ―Alabama Department of Education 2013-2014

Society of School Librarians International Book Awards (honor book, Language Arts Grades K-6 Novels) ―Society of School Librarians International 2013

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Society of School Librarians International Book Awards (honor book, Language Arts Grades 7-12 Novels) ―Society of School Librarians International 2013

Mark Twain Readers Award (nominee) ―Missouri Association of School Librarians 2014-2015

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Meet the Author

Susan Verrico has been writing stories since she was ten, when she won her fifth grade class writing contest. She grew up in Tallahassee, Florida, and spent countless hours roaming nearby beaches looking for pirate treasure. She earned a BA in communications and a MA in writing from Rowan University. A history buff, Susan spends her spare time researching and writing. She teaches language arts in a middle/high school in New Jersey.