Argh! Story Pirates are Coming to PS 9 on Monday, Feb. 14

On Tuesday, February 14th, renowned theater troupe Story Pirates visits PS 9’s fourth and fifth grades with an exciting interactive theatrical experience based on the true story of Mary Bowser, a former slave-turned-spy who delivered key intelligence secrets during the Civil War.

Story Pirates will be presenting the first book in the SPY ON HISTORY series, a new series by the mysterious author Enigma Alberti. You can order copies of the book through Brooklyn local independent bookstore Greenlight Bookstore by visiting


Mary Bowser and the Civil War Spy Ring – This book introduces an exciting interactive series for middle grade readers, where the reader gets to experience history in a whole new way. Meet Mary Bowser, an African-American spy who was able to infiltrate the Confederate leadership at the highest level. Enigma Alberti dramatizes Mary Bowser’s suspenseful story: how she pretended to be illiterate, how she masterfully evaded detection, how she used her photographic memory to copy critical documents.Using spycraft materials included in a sealed envelope inside the book, a canny reader will be able to discover and unravel clues embedded in the text and illustrations, and solve the book s ultimate mystery: Where did Mary hide her secret diary?

About Story Pirates

Story Pirates is a national troupe of actors, comedians, musicians, and teaching artists whose mission is to celebrate the words and ideas of young people. Founded in 2003 and dually based in New York and Los Angeles, Story Pirates is best known for its acclaimed creative writing programs, which have been profiled in Education Week, on NBC Nightly News, and on The Today Show. Story Pirates regularly collaborate with top comedians and actors, such as Jon Stewart, Conan O’Brien, Stephen Colbert, John Oliver, Kristen Schaal, Nick Kroll, and Ana Gasteyer, just to name a few. The company’s acclaimed education programs for children and professional development services for teachers are in place at over 350 schools from coast to coast, and their podcasts are heard by kids and adults from around the world.

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