Blackbeard and the Sandstone Pillar

Four young teens from Ocracoke Island, NC, whom readers will know from Mystery at Blackbeard’s Cove, set out on their quest to locate and return some very old pirate loot to its rightful owners.

They encounter a few obstacles, but nothing that a little ingenuity, the willingness to break a rule or two, and a handy forklift can’t overcome! But the kids have also uncovered even deeper, ancient mysteries their discovery of a third trunk and a strange sandstone, mysteries that Blackbeard’s ghost fears could bring the world to the brink of disaster.

This second book of the Blackbeard Quartet is a great mix of comic adventure, pirate lore, historical mysteries, and the supernatural.


Middle Grade | Ages 8 & up
Paperback ISBN: 9781933718316 | 400 pages | $8.95
Lexile level: 750 | Guided reading level: W | Grade level: 5-6 | Reading Recovery level: NA

Meet the Author & Illustrators


Audrey PennAudrey Penn is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Kissing Hand. This continuing series in chapter book format demonstrates that Ms. Penn’s talent at storytelling is apparent in any form. She currently resides in Durham, NC.
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Artist Josh Miller lives in McLean, Virginia, just outside of Washington, DC.

Artist Philip Howard resides on Ocracoke Island, NC, and is a direct descendant of William Howard, quartermaster for the infamous pirate known as Blackbeard.

Other Books in the Blackbeard Series


Blackbeard and the Sandstone Pillar Reviews


“A page-turner.”
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