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Avast! The Dread Pirate Spalding has stowed eighteen treasure chests on LibraryThing Island. Your quest, me hearties, is to find them! The isle is vast and can be precarious to navigate for even the saltiest dog. Fortunately, Cap'n Spalding's literary crew have written some choice doggerel—much inferior to members' poetry—to help you find every treasure.

Shiver me timbers, the prizes are hearty:

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Treasure 1

A faraway land calls back this grown man,
who was once the leader of the pack.

A journey he must take to fulfill a wicked captain’s fate,
or his children he’ll never get back.

Treasure 2

A pirate's treasure hunt if e'er there was one—
an old map and booby traps will chase them from the light of day,

A crooked threesome in hot pursuit that's fighting to take the way,

A trusted crew, misfits old and new, will make it to their bounty.
Old Willy, with rubies red and sapphires blue, will make their neighborhood the richest in Clatsop County.

Treasure 3

Ye’ may know them as pirates, corsairs, or simply as robbers,
but this lot calls ‘em something just as suited as ‘marauders’.

Cat got your tongue, need a taste of treasure to tout?
Alexander Exquemelin may be willing to help you out.

Treasure 4

This seaworthy creature has four paws on its skin,
It can be a stowaway for you, and can even stow things within,

With bits and clips to stash all your favorite treasures,
You’ll find hardly any other thing to which this can measure.

Order this beauty on a ‘ship’ straight to your door,
you’ll soon find countless uses for this accessory in store.

Treasure 5

'Tis of these creatures these legends are marked,
both admired and feared by many a seafaring folk.

The lore is spun wide, from seaside to seaside,
it’s hard to tell true tale from the regular joke.

One sailor claimed his ship was blessed with a wave and a kiss,
another spied a man dragged under the dark depths to choke.

One thing is for sure, whether you’re against ‘em or for,
their beauty’s unmatched, and their mystery’s no hoke.

Treasure 6

So you've gathered your booty,
your treasure, your gold.

But how will you know how much treasure you hold?
Go here for a count of all we have in this place,
The numbers and figures on which we are based.

The sum of right now and other sums nice,
Please direct your fair ship to the ______________.

Treasure 7

When the world is done,
Gods will dredge the seas,
Searching for proof of love
To prolong their celestial ease.
In the bottom of this strait
Lie a couple thousand ships
Sunk through centuries of sail
Through this hazardous slip.
The origin of a rock and hard place
This place gave Odyseus the fits.
Beware to sail between these two
The monsters of Scylla and _________.

Treasure 8

Time and Life have writ the tale,
Of pirates and the fighting sail,
Of dreadnoughts and of clipper ships.
And Vikings on their bloody trips.

Treasure 9

The devil incarnate is no reach,
Tho' many say his name was Edward Teach,
More widely known for his mane of jet,
He may be the most notorious pirate yet.

It’s Commonly Known where folks can be found,
Characters, there are many.
But keep your eye on the prize:
Look for the one with names a-plenty!

Treasure 10

Yo ho, yo ho, a pilot’s life for me:
Conversational, brightly plumed friend,
Sailing on either air or sea,
Or perched on the shoulder of the first matey.

Treasure 11

Sailing and stealing and swabbing the decks
Is no basis for a system of government.
Honor among thieves, if the author be believed,
Persisted until the traitor’s discoverment.
While the subject isn’t terribly democratic or platonic,
This title is certainly ironic.

Treasure 12

Earligh each month, our mascot takes wing,
Bringing tidings of new titles to peruse,
Later, heralding prizes for the lucky.
Not a gamble to play and no fee to pay,
Just new books that are yours to review.

Treasure 13

Black Beard, Black Bart and the rest,
With cutlasses most firmly pressed,
Obliged their crew to don our middy,
In large or small or itty-bitty.
So find ye then, the t-shirt best,
Or suffer ye a dead man's chest.

Treasure 14

A letter with an eye toward something grander
Swimming, boating, and fishing are common activities, standard.
I before E, except after me.
Books tagged on the subject agree,
When you find yourself lost, you might be at _______.

Treasure 15

X marks the spot, a black dot on a plot
Of your hand, marking you for the grave.
So Jim found a friend in a mysterious cook
Who in truth was a dastardly knave.

Treasure 16

All tales are true in unfathomable specks
Grains of sand making oysters of words.
Through rhyme and no reason the fact start to leave us
The picture of truth becomes blurred.
In this truthy tale of whale, wreck, and ruin,
Our Melville was of a great book assured.
He just had to swab the details away:
The Essex now the Pequod, you heard?

Treasure 17

A band of scalawags comes to take
The facade of a young boy’s house, just the external.
By dawn’s break, they’ll be long gone,
These buccaneers are nocturnal.

Treasure 18

Tick Tock goes the clock in his heart
Clip Clop go the horses on the street
Bark Bark goes Nanna as the kids fly away
Clash Clang go the swords in the rigging
Swish Swash go the waves on skull rock
Why oh why must we all grow up?
Small print: There be no small print here! Except that we run this ship, so our decisions are final—now walk the plank!