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Book Summary:

Join four mismatched teens as they hunt for lost pirate treasure in historic Savannah, Georgia. Follow the group as they race against corrupt artifact thieves to uncover Shamus’s booty. This adventure journeys through Savannah’s secret tunnels, forgotten islands and real historical locations. Can four young adults put their differences aside long enough to learn to work together so they can discover the pirate swag? This book is a modern day spin off of “Pirates of Savannah: Birth of Freedom in the Lowcountry” and is appropriate for all ages.

Joy’s Review:

I started out reading this book under the impression that it was supposed to be about homeschoolers. After the first few chapters I couldn’t see any connection though. My first thought after reading what each individual student was dealing with was, “This is one of the reasons we chose to homeschool!” Each character was distinctly unique but their uniqueness caused them to really stand out and be a target for bullying. Their school experience was not based on building up their special talents and personalities but instead they were caused to feel shame and aloneness.

Someone in each of their lives was able to see the exceptionality they possessed and referred them to a special summer program that focussed on “unschooling”. There, they were able to use their individual gifts to learn more and to help other people. Although each student was very different from one another, they were able to work together and form deep friendships and each developed a selflessness along the way.

Although there is nothing offensive in the book I would recommend it for ages 10 and up as there is a scary aura throughout the book with talk about ghosts, zombies, and death.  I really enjoyed reading the book and especially like how the intriguing story line ties into real history from Savannah.

Tarrin P. Lupo lives in Savannah Georgia and has authored several other historical fiction novels based in Savannah. He is a member of the Free State Project and is a full time liberty activist who has a news service called The Low Country Liberty Report. He is also well known as a host of the popular Wheels off Liberty show, podcast.


Writing prompt:

The pirate way of life is fascinating. If you were a pirate where would you pirate? and would you hide your treasure?

Writing Prompt provided by Time4Writing, one of the foremost homeschool writing resources.

Vocabulary Activities for Pirates of Savannah, The Hunt for Shamus’ Booty

Take a spelling test
Similar to Hangman, the objective is to guess the word in a set number of tries.
The objective of this game is to put the words into alphabetical order.
The objective of this game is to put the word back together from a scrambled set of letters.
The objective of this game is to pair cards based on the words and sounds.



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