The Pirate of Panther Bayis 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.
Follow SR Staley's commentary on modern pirating and the progress with the sequel (Tortuga Bay) at the Panther Bay Pirate Blog.
Look for Tortuga Bay, the sequel to The Pirate of Panther Bay in 2013 as Isabella and Jean-Michel struggle with the strange magic of Vudu as they evade pirate hunters on the rebellious western half of Hispaniola (modern day Haiti).
The Pirate of Panther Bay. This tale of a teenage female pirate captain, an escaped slave from an 18th century sugar plantation, is acclaimed as a "swashbucking tale of piracy, action, and romance" (allbookreviews.com), "A grand high-seas adventure any teen would love; many adults as well," (youngadultromancewriters.com), 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).
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.)