Blackbeard's Last Fight (Hardcover)

By Leonard Everett Fisher (Illustrator), Eric A. Kimmel

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 9780374307806, 32pp.

Publication Date: March 21, 2006



Cabin boy Jeremy Hobbs knows the horror stories about Blackbeard the pirate. In 1718, the man is notorious for plundering ships and has recently blockaded the port of Charleston. But Jeremy has heard Blackbeard is loved as well.
One day Jeremy accompanies Lieutenant Maynard on a visit to Virginia’s governor, who is looking for a bold officer to wipe out the pirate. Now, as Lieutenant Maynard’s sloop approaches
Blackbeard’s ship, Jeremy’s mouth feels dry and his stomach tightens. He has never been in a sea battle before. He hopes he will act bravely – and that he is doing the right thing.
With bold acrylic paintings, this tale is a thrilling adventure in which the roles of hero and villain become increasingly blurred.

Blackbeard's Last Fight is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

About the Author


collaborated on "Beowulf "and "Don Quixote and the Windmills."

The author lives in Portland, Oregon; the artist, in Westport,


Praise For Blackbeard's Last Fight

"Exciting fare for pirate fans--as well as a discussion-provoking case study in international relations."  --Kirkus Reviews "Many kids will want to find out more about the rebel's stirring bloody history."  --Booklist "This tale is an exciting and satisfying read."  --School Library Journal "The real thing.  Blackbeard . . . is portrayed in all his glory, from his braided and beribboned facial hair to the gunner's matches illuminating the sides of his face."  --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books "Fascinating."  --The New York Times Book Review