In Beware, Pirates!, the debut title in the Canadian Flyer Adventures series, friends Matt and Emily discover the Canadian Flyer, a magical time-traveling sled, in Emily’s attic. The magic sled transports them back to the year 1577 where they find themselves aboard Martin Frobisher’s ship, The Aid. Adventure beckons, and Emily and Matt are happy to follow. Until, that is, they encounter a crew of pirates! Author Frieda Wishinsky weaves well-researched and accurate historical facts into her compelling, kid-friendly storytelling, while Dean Griffith’s evocative illustrations situate readers perfectly in place and time. At the end of their adventure, Emily and Matt share additional facts about pirate ships, Nunavut, and Martin Frobisher, and Wishinsky gives additional facts here too, in an informative Q&A format.
Short chapters, simple language and a fast moving story all make this a fun adventure for young readers…This book, and the others in the series, will make an excellent addition to both classroom and home libraries across Canada.
The Canadian Flyer Adventures…impart Canadian facts and history, while telling an exciting story…[Readers] will enjoy these stories and learn something about Canada while doing so!
…a new chapter book designed to bring history alive in the elementary grades.
…the story is highly entertaining, very educational but not too challenging. Of particular interest to adults is the Canadian content – which is excellent. The fact sheets at the end of the book are an additional and welcome support to curriculum links and further reading. A terrific new series addition for all collections.
…easily accessible to kids who are learning to read chapter books…The most vivid aspect of [Wishinsky’s] story is its critical perspective on Canada’s colonial history.
Short chapters and black and white illustrations add to the appeal of this new series for readers in the 6 to 9 age range.
With short chapters, a simple plot, lots of dialogue, and plenty of illustrations…The story moves along quickly at just the right level for children making the transition to independent reading.
Frieda Wishinsky uses the classic Canadian sled as a magic portal to send her two sleuths off on historical adventures…Wishinsky weaves just enough history into the adventure to give an authentic flavour to the action.
What child can resist a great adventure? Add in the element of time travel and you have a sure winner on your hands! […] Our youngest generation can learn for themselves that Canadian history is NOT boring…and have lots of fun along the way.
It’s a fascinating and welcome twist on the usual pirate adventure…Readers who love facts and tidbits of historical information won’t want to miss the sections at the back…This series of books fills the need for simple but engaging stories that teach kids about Canada.
After a series of adventures involving pirates and a friendly Inuit boy names Minik, [Emily and Matt] learn more than they ever could have from a history textbook. Every book in this new series promises to shed light on a different chapter of Canadian history.
…a truly intriguing mixture of the fantastic and the historical and provides a unique and clever way to entertain and educate.
The Canadian Flyer Adventures is a cool new historical adventure series…Each title is a stand-alone, content driven historical adventure designed to inform as well as entice.
Frieda Wishinsky succeeds in transporting the reader back in time with her new Canadian Flyer Adventures series. This reviewer gives this new historical time travel series 5 magical stars.
Author Wishinsky touches upon geography, social studies and other cultural matters, and thoughtfully provides notes at book’s end…For a gentle, instructive introduction to “grown-up” chapter books, Beware, Pirates fits the bill.
This wonderful new Canadian historical adventure series combines magic and history to whisk young readers away on adventure…A fun way to learn about Canada’s past.
Finally we have a series for young readers that entails adventure, Canadian history, male and female main characters and all at an appropriate reading level.
This series would make a great read-aloud choice for parents or teachers, and readers will have a hard time putting the books down…a very welcome addition to the historical fiction genre and provides a much-needed Canadian perspective. Highly recommended.