Maggie and the Pirate

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Sagebrush Education, 1999 - Friendship
When Maggie's pet cricket is stolen, she and her friends embark on a search for the "pirate" thief which ensues in a small tragedy, but the making of a new friend.

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Unlike Keats' city slums, this palm-treed, riverside shantytown has a ramshackle insouciance. The story deals with the disappearance of Maggie's pet cricket, its ultimate drowning when she scuffles ... Read full review

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This book is about a girl named Maggie who has a pet cricket named Nikki. Nikki lives in a cage that Maggie's dad built for her. One day, Maggie leaves Nikki hanging in a tree and goes shopping with ... Read full review

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About the author (1999)

Ezra Jack Keats was born Jacob Ezra Katz in Brooklyn, New York on March 11, 1916. He was a mural painter for the Works Progress Administration (WPA) for three years before taking a job as a comic book illustrator. During World War II, he joined the United States Air Corp and was a camouflage pattern designer. After the war, he changed his name to make his Jewish heritage less noticeable. He wrote and/or illustrated more than 85 children's books. The first book he illustrated was Jubilant for Sure by Elizabeth Hubbard Lansing, which was published in 1954. The first book he wrote was My Dog is Lost, which was published in 1960. His other works include Pet Show and The Snowy Day, which won a Caldecott Medal in 1963. He was also awarded the University of Southern Mississippi Medallion for outstanding contributions in the field of children's literature in 1980. He died of a heart attack on May 6, 1983.

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