Rabbi Shmuel Kafri, a historian working for the Jewish Antiquities Society, and his son Yitzchak travel to Israel to examine artifacts from a newly unearthed genizah dating back to the 1500s. Among the contents, Kafri finds the diary of Yaakov Koriel, a converso Spanish ship captain during the time of the Inquisition who turned to pirating after his continued secret practice of Judaism was discovered. Hidden within the diary is a treasure map that takes Rabbi Kafri and Yitzchak to Jamaica to investigate. However, the father-son team soon discover that they are not the only ones after the treasure, and they will have to act fast to get to it first.
Delivered in graphic novel format, Skullcaps and Crossbones offers an engaging introduction to a lesser-known aspect of Jewish history. Well-composed panels move the narrative forward dynamically, while factual notes at the bottom of each page provide historical context.
Skullcaps and Crossbones is the first in a series of Shmuel Kafri’s adventures.
Recommended for ages 10 – 14.