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The Pirate of Panther Bay (Volume 1)

Discussion questions for book clubs and the classroom, click here.
  • General questions
  • Leadership
  • Ethnicity & Gender
  • Ethics & spirituality

Looking for a way to creatively use The Pirate of Panther Bay in the classroom? Looking for a classroom guide and paginated issue matrix? Click here.
The second edition of The Pirate of Panther Bay, published by Southern Yellow Pine Publishing, is now available! Buy it here from Southern Yellow Pine Publishing, or here from (The Pirate of Panther Bay is also available through major on-line retailers, including, and can be ordered through your local book store.)

The Pirate of Panther Bay is a tale of courage, betrayal and survival in the 18th century Caribbean. Isabella has "inherited" the command of a pirate brig from her lover, but she has to prove herself to her crew before she can truly lead. When she makes the fateful decision to take a Spanish army captain prisoner from a prize, her life is turned upside down. She wrestles with her own personal quest for freedom and independence while surviving brutal captivity in the infamous Puerto Rican fortress of El Moro, and fending off pirate hunters as bloodthirsty as any high-seas scallywag on the high seas.

  • Want to know what kind of a warship Isabella captains? Take a virtual tour of a brig similar to the Maree Rouge by clicking here

Tortuga Bay, the swashbuckling sequel to
The Pirate of Panther Bay, will officially launch on September 5, 2015. Pre-orders are on sale now at Southern Yellow Pine Publishing at a $3 discount using the coupon code READNOW.  Isabella and Jean-Michel struggle with the strange magic of Voodoo as they evade Spanish pirate hunters on the rebellious western half of Hispaniola (modern day Haiti). Check out the details here!

  • Want to know what kind a shop the Spanish use to hunt down Isabella in Tortuga Bay? Take a virtual tour of the frigate USS Constitution and see by clicking here

Book clubs and classrooms!

The Pirate of Panther Bay
. This tale of a female pirate captain, an escaped slave from an 18th century sugar plantation, is acclaimed as a "swashbucking tale of piracy, action, and romance" (, "A grand high-seas adventure any teen would love; many adults as well," (, and an "adventurous tale...that remains true to the real world of pirates and Spain's desire to reign over the New World" (Cindy Vallar, Pirates & Privateers). 

Read the complete reviews at the Pirate of Panther Bay web site, http://www.pantherbay.

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Discussion questions help navigate the layered plots, characters, history and ethical choices that make The Pirate of Panther Bay an excellent choice for the classroom. (See also the paginated issue matrix designed explicitly for teachers and homeschoolers.)

Buy it at Southern Yellow Pine Publishing.
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