Jean Laffite

Jean Laffite

The Pirate Who Saved America

By Susan Goldman Rubin; Jeff Himmelman (Illustrator)

Abrams Books for Young Readers, Hardcover, 9780810997332, 48pp.

Publication Date: April 2012

This biography of the infamous pirate Jean Laffite is a real-life, action-packed adventure. Since he was a young boy, Jean longed to be a pirate, and with the help of his brothers and uncle, he became one when he was just a teenager. Soon the only life he knew was on the high seas a life full of glory, riches, disaster, and revenge. When he finally settled down in New Orleans, he managed to become a successful businessman and respected citizen, while still pirating. He even helped the United States win the War of 1812 when he alerted the U.S. government to a British plot to invade via New Orleans. With the help of Laffite and his pirates, General Andrew Jackson was able to beat back the British.
Praise for "Jean Laffite"
"Move over, Jack Sparrow, and make way for Jean Laffite. This well-informed narrative gives readers a sense of what was happening in the world at the time as well as what it was like to be a real pirate."
--"School Library Journal"
"Cinematic illustrations by Jeff Himmelman add to the excitement. Filled with fascinating facts and dynamic pictures, "Jean Laffite: The Pirate Who Saved America" is sure to captivate both pirate-loving children and their parents, as well."
--"Jewish Book Council"

About the Author
Susan Goldman Rubin is the author of more than fifty books for young readers. One of her recent titles, "Music Was IT: Young Leonard Bernstein", was a finalist for the 2012 YALSA Award for Excellence in Non-Fiction and won the 2012 Sydney Taylor Award for Older Readers. She lives in Malibu, California.