Archive for September 18, 2008

Arrrr Ye Ready?

September 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day!
So to celebrate, let’s go over the basics:
“Pirate lingo is rich and complicated, sort of like a good stew.
But if you just want a quick fix, a surface gloss, a “pirate patina,” if you will, here are the five basic words that you cannot live without. Master them, and you can face Talk Like a Pirate Day with a smile on your face and a parrot on your shoulder, if that’s your thing:
Ahoy! – “Hello!”
Avast! – Stop and give attention. It can be used in a sense of surprise, “Whoa! Get a load of that!” which today makes it more of a “Check it out” or “No way!” or “Get off!”
Aye! – “Why yes, I agree most heartily with everything you just said or did.”
Aye aye! – “I’ll get right on that sir, as soon as my break is over.”
Arrr! – This one is often confused with arrrgh, which is of course the sound you make when you sit on a belaying pin. “Arrr!” can mean, variously, “yes,” “I agree,” “I’m happy,” “I’m enjoying this beer,” “My team is going to win it all,” “I saw that television show, it sucked!” and “That was a clever remark you or I just made.” And those are just a few of the myriad possibilities of Arrr!”
Above content from © Mark Summers and John Baur, 2006
And how about some pirate books to go along with it:
Terry and the Pirates Julian F. Thompson.
When sixteen-year-old Terry Talley stows away on a yacht, she doesn’t expect to encounter another runaway and end up shipwrecked on a tiny island with a bunch of oddball pirates who are looking for some buried treasure.
Castaways of the Flying Dutchman by Brian Jacques
In 1620, a boy and his dog are rescued from the doomed ship, Flying Dutchman, by an angel who guides them in travelling the world, eternally helping those in great need.
Pirate emperor by Kai Meyer
Jolly and Munk start training with Forefather when they discover that their special abilities as “polliwogs” may be the only way to save the city Aelenium from the Maelstrom.
Pirates! by Celia Rees.
In 1722, after arriving with her brother at the family’s Jamaican plantation where she is to be married off, sixteen-year-old Nancy Kington escapes with her slave friend, Minerva Sharpe, and together they become pirates traveling the world in search of treasure.
Piratica : a daring tale of a singular girl’s adventure by Tanith Lee.
A bump on the head restores Art’s memories of her mother and the exciting life they led, so the sixteen-year-old leaves Angels Academy for Young Maidens, seeks out the pirates who were her family before her mother’s death, and leads them back to adventure on the high seas.

New books this week

Love and other uses for duct tape by Carrie Jones
Belle is a high school senior with questions about growing up. She doesn’t understand why her friends need to label everyone, herself included. Belle is dealing with her new boyfriend, Tom, and her friend Emily’s crisis situation in the best way she knows how: by making tons of lists and playing folk music on her guitar. The likeable characters have a lot of big issues throughout (teen pregnancy and drug abuse to name a few), but the depictions of small-town high school life are very spot-on and filled with humor.
Artichoke’s Heart by Suzanne Supplee
Rosemary Goode is an overweight girl from Spring Hill, Tennessee, who has lots of great qualities. She’s smart, funny and an all-around great girl. The only problem is that nobody can see past her weight to get to know the real Rosemary. Her mother runs the most successful beauty parlor in town, where everyone likes to stop by and gossip, making it hard for her to fade away into the background. When her scale reaches a new high, she finally resolves to lose the weight. Along the way, she deals with her mother’s sudden illness, loses the extra pounds and gains self acceptance and a new appreciation for her zany life.
Write Naked by Peter Gould
Victor and Rose Anna are two aspiring writers abiding by the rule “You have to be naked to write”. But what does that truly mean? Taking the literal interpretation, Victor: a quirky sixteen-year-old with an antique typewriter and a penchant for anonymity and Rose Anna: a home-schooled free spirit who prefers to use a vintage fountain pen, come together to do just that. They uncover more than their stories as they meet in the log cabin in the Vermont woods to write and nurture a true friendship.
The Viper Within by Sam Mills
“In two hours’ time I will kidnap a terrorist.” The opening line sets up the action as the codenamed terrorist, Snake, is kidnapped by the youth cult the Brotherhood of the Religion of Hebetheus to prevent a bomb from going off at St. Sebastian’s Secondary School. The cult’s leader, Jeremiah, manages to convince new recruit Jon and the other cult members that their Muslim classmate, Padma, (Snake) is a terrorist who needs to hang for her sins. As part of the narrator Jon’s initiation into the cult, he finds himself at the forefront of the action and torn between what’s right and wrong. has Live Homework Help available to Syosset residents with a Syosset Public Library card. The new and improved hours for this service are everyday from 2:00 PM – 10:00 PM. It’s available at home or in the library. Check it out by clicking below!