Martin W. Sandler
Candlewick Press, 2017
Source: E-Galley, Library
Audience: Older Children, All Teens
The 1650s to the 1730s marked the golden age of piracy, when fearsome pirates like Blackbeard ruled the waves, seeking not only treasure but also large and fast ships to carry it. TheWhydah was just such a ship, built to ply the Triangular Trade route, which it did until one of the greediest pirates of all, Black Sam Bellamy, commandeered it. Filling the ship to capacity with treasure, Bellamy hoped to retire with his bounty but in 1717 the ship sank in a storm off Cape Cod. For more than two hundred years, the wreck of the Whydah (and the riches that went down with it) eluded treasure seekers, until the ship was finally found in 1984 by marine archaeologists. The artifacts brought up from the ocean floor are priceless, both in value and in the picture they reveal of life in that much-mythologized era, changing much of what we know about pirates."
Who doesn’t love a good pirate story?
My only complaint was that the time jumps were a bit abrupt. I wish it would have had three parts, and then chapters within them.
That being said, I learned a lot from The Whydah (which is pronounced whi-duh not WHY-duh). My favorite parts were the side stories and the information about oceanic archaeology. I understand why it has gotten so much recognition! It was definitely interesting, especially to someone from the landlocked midwest who had never heard of it.