For at least 20 years I have been studying about pirates. And for at least 20 years I have been reading about the two lady pirates. Anne Bonny and Mary Read. The farther back in history you go, the less documentation you will find. Well, in the Institute of Jamaica, Kingston I copied the trial transcripts of Jack Rackham, those two young ladies, Captain Vane, etc., as well as other documentation that may or may not be entirely factual. But the Ballad of the Pirate Queens states that the book is factual. Yes, Anne and Mary were captured on Calico Jack Rackham's ship (name unknown, but it is named "Vanity" in this book!) in Negril Bay, Jamaica. But in the book it states Anne was Jack's wife. Wrong, she was James Bonny's wife. The book also states the pirates had captured twelve turtle fisherman that day. Wrong. They captured no one that day, much less twelve turtle fishermen. (Remember I have copies of the trial transcripts!!!) No one knew two of the crew were woman until they were taken to St. Jago de la Vega, Jamaica (now called Spanish Town, where I visited 18 years ago). Only one pleaded her belly (Anne's pregnancy), and Mary died of an illness in her jail cell. I never read a single speculation that Mary was taken out of the cell in a shroud, and Anne and Mary moved to Louisiana to live happily ever after raising their children. (Just think--Louisiana in the early 1700's was sparcely populated with anything but gators and skeeters!!! Do you remotely believe that two single mothers would move there to raise their children?) I am thinking, however, of framing those beautiful illustrations in BALLAD! Please don't take Ballad of the Pirate Queens seriously. Instead, read other pirate books where it is obvious the author did her research or at least explained that the book was her own fictionalized account. Anne Bonny plays a secondary, and much more realistic, character in The Diary of a Slave Girl, Ruby Jo, a novel for older children. The author also talks about myths and facts about pirates of The Golden Age of Piracy. The photos of pirates and slaves of that era teach more history than Ballad even begins to. Did you know fugitive slaves often signed aboard pirate ships?