Young Readers Ahoy! Outskirts Press Releases New Pirate-Themed Children’s Book That Teaches Life Skills

Pine City, MN, December 19, 2008 --( There’s no age requirement for making a difference. That’s what a dedicated group of kids learn in The Pirates from Sunrise Cove, the new children’s book from author Michael Willert that blends humor and adventure while providing an important lesson on building life skills.

Now available through Outskirts Press (, The Pirates from Sunrise Cove introduces a group of 10 schoolchildren whose summer break takes a turn when they encounter a movie-set pirate ship that’s docked at port. Infatuated with the idea of pirates, the kids split into two groups and stage a competition to see who can come up with the most “treasure” also known as quarters while dressed up as swashbucklers. What follows is an innovative trek as the children turn themselves into entrepreneurs: While one group becomes virtual contractors for hire, taking on odd jobs around the neighborhood, the other focuses on collecting valuable recyclables, and cleans up their beloved ball field in the process.

Before long, each group is learning more than just how to amass a horde of coins. To reach their goal, they'll have to work hard, day after day. It’s something that requires them to navigate the adult world around them as they interact with members of their community. So it’s no surprise that they’re building relationships and developing teamwork skills or that their little contest starts to make a big impact on the city. And when they befriend a very special neighbor they name “Grandma,” the kids will discover a special lesson about community service and a mission greater than themselves.

An imaginative and sophisticated chapter-book, The Pirates from Sunrise Cove will appeal to parents looking to instill the values of a strong work ethic and community service. But it’s also a delightful read that’s sure to draw in young readers with its accessible, adventuresome, and swashbuckling cast of kids.

“The Pirates from Sunrise Cove” is now available through Ingram, Baker & Taylor,,, and the online bookstore of Outskirts Press, at

Book Information
ISBN: 978-1-4327-2262-3/ 978-1-4327-3291-2
Format: 5.5x8.5 pb/5.5x8.5 casebound Pages: 112
SRP: US$11.95/CAN$14.95 | US$21.95/CAN$27.95 Genre: Fiction/Adventure

About the Author: Michael Willert is the author of two previous children’s books: Wanted: Billy the Bear, and the award-winning Long Neck (both through Outskirts Press). He and his family are fundraisers for the Children’s Miracle Network, and a portion of the profits from his book sales go to the American Cancer Society and Multiple Sclerosis Society. He lives in Pine City, MN.

Author Contact: Visit him on the Web at

About Outskirts Press, Inc.: Outskirts Press, Inc. offers full-service, custom self-publishing services for authors seeking a cost-effective, fast, and flexible way to publish and distribute their books worldwide while retaining all their rights and full creative control. Available for authors globally at and located on the outskirts of Denver, Colorado, Outskirts Press represents the future of book publishing, today.


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