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Steven Winkelstein
Author, Illustrator
Captain Kidd and the Jersey Devil
Captain Kidd and the Jersey Devil, is set in the Pine Barrens of New Jersey and based on actual, historical New Jersey folklore. When Captain Kidd III becomes a pirate out of water after a battle gone wrong along the Batsto River, he must discover his past in order to save his future. The fourteen-year-old captain has returned to the New Jersey Pine Barrens on a dangerous journey to avenge his father’s death. All turns to bedlam when Kidd meets the dangerous and protective local Pineys, who live along the Batsto. Worse still, his best friend, Black Dog, a poodle with a wet nose for trouble, is kidnapped by the same beast that destroyed Kidd’s father eight years earlier– the New Jersey Devil. Now instead of revenge, Kidd is on a rescue mission! Along the way he becomes entangled in the labyrinth of Pine Barren mythology, encountering ancient Lenape Indian spirits, the haunting Black Doctor, and perhaps most bewitching of all, a beautiful young Piney girl named Tilda, who’s not afraid to get dirty in a fight. Will the mysteries surrounding his past and the supernatural spirits of the Pine Barrens guide the young captain to freedom, or will these revelations and trials devastate him beyond hope and repair?