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Teacher’s Guide

Privateer’s Apprentice

by Susan Verrico

When Jameson is kidnapped and taken to sea, he must learn how to survive.

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

Now Jameson must learn to be a sailor, 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 Jameson finds out that 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.

With a sympathetic hero and a climactic resolution, this exciting historical fiction adventure from Susan Verrico will captivate readers and keep them on the edge of their seats.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-633-8
Publication Date: 9/1/2012
Page Count: 192
Size: 6 ̎ x 8-1/2 ̎
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English
Format: Paperback
Price: $7.95
ISBN: 978-1-68263-040-2
Publication Date: 4/1/2018
Page Count: 192
Size: 6 ̎ x 8-1/2 ̎
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English
Format: eBook
ISBN: 978-1-56145-929-2
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English

Purchase this eBook through the following vendors:

Barnes & Noble

AR Level: 5.5
F&P: Z, Gr 7&8, Genre HF
Lexile: 860L
Themes: Colonial History, Family, Honor, Identity, Loyalty
BISAC 1: JUV001020 JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / Pirates
BISAC 2: JUV016120 JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / United States / Colonial & Revolutionary Periods


“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

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

“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

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“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

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

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



Children’s and Young Adult Book Awards (Intermediate – Fiction) ―International Reading Association, 2013

New Voices ―American Booksellers Association, 2012

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

Alabama Camellia Awards (Nominee, Grades 4-5) ―Alabama Department of Education, 2013-2014

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.