Magic Marks The Spot

Magic Marks The Spot

Paperback - 2014
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Pirates! Magic! Treasure! A gargoyle? Caroline Carlson's hilarious tween novel The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates: Magic Marks the Spot is a seafaring romp like no other. The paperback features an Extras section containing an interview with the gargoyle, Hilary's application to the Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates, and a sneak peek at the second book in the series, The Terror of the Southlands.

Hilary Westfield has always dreamed of being a pirate. There's only one problem: the Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates refuses to let any girl join their ranks of scourges and scallywags. But Hilary won't let this stop her; instead, she sets out to find her own piratical adventure and gets swept up in a madcap quest involving a map without an X, a magical treasure that likely doesn't exist, a talking gargoyle, a crew of misfit scallywags, and the most treacherous--and unexpected--villain on the High Seas.

Written with uproarious wit and an inviting storyteller tone, the first book in Caroline Carlson's quirky series is perfect for fans of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events and Trenton Lee Stewart's The Mysterious Benedict Society.

Publisher: New York : Harper, 2014
ISBN: 9780062194350


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vpl_childrens Dec 08, 2015

Interest level: ages 8-12. Hilary Westfield has always dreamed of being a pirate. The only problem is that The Very Nearly Honourable League of Pirates has refused her application because she’s a girl. But that doesn’t stop Hilary! What follows is a hilarious adventure involving magical treasure and talking gargoyles.

Sep 21, 2015

Hilary is totally amazing! I have a hunch that she actually likes Charlie. Can you even believe everyone is all like you have to be prissy and perfect?:c But Hilary had a strong dream to be a pirate and she wouldn't let anything stop her. Not even her ever villainous father! Go Hilary! :D

JCLChrisK Feb 17, 2015

"When someone had been nimble enough to lace Hilary into a dress, her father would kiss her on the forehead and say, 'Run along and be a good little girl.' Hilary intended to be a great many things, and a good little girl was not one of them."

No, Hilary is bound and determined to be, above all else, a nefarious scoundrel of the piratical variety. Unfortunately, the overly-bureaucratic Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates (Servin' the High Seas for 152 Years) has rejected her membership application on the basis of her female status, and her pirate-hunting, admiral father has responded to the application by sending her off to Miss Pimm's Finishing School for Delicate Ladies (Where Virtue Blossoms). But no school is going to keep Hilary from becoming a rapscallion and scallywag, so she is left with no choice but to take matters into her own hands by running away from school and signing on with Jasper Fletcher, Freelance Pirate, Terror of the Southlands (VNHLP certified in battle, treasure hunting, & parrot maintenance) on his mission to find the lost magic of the Enchantress of the Northlands.

This is a delightfully fun story that offers heaps of adventure and an uproarious send-up of proper high society stuffiness, gender norms, and ridiculously burdensome procedures and legalese. The letterheaded correspondences, articles, signs, and forms that appear between chapters are particularly brilliant.

And absolutely top marks to Kathrine Kellgren's appropriately exuberant and melodramatic audiobook reading, which cartoonishly nails the wide variety of voices, accents, cadences, and manners, from full-on coarse pirate to polished and prudish upper crust and everything in between.

Tam_Girl12 Jan 26, 2015

a very good book funny and interesting :D

ChristchurchLib Jan 28, 2014

"Banned from a pirate league that does not allow girls, aspiring young buccaneer Hilary Westfield balks at attending a finishing school for delicate young ladies and embarks on an adventure with a gargoyle companion to defeat a treacherous villain and claim a mythical magic treasure." Kids' Books January 2014 newsletter


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Sep 21, 2015

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