Audie Award Finalist, Children's Titles for Ages 8-12, 2014
Admiral Westfield sucked in his breath and released it in a tremendous gust. "My dear," he said, "let me be clear: You are a young lady. You will not tell silly tales and you will never be a pirate."
Hilary Westfield has always dreamed of being a pirate. She can tread water for 37 minutes. She can tie a knot faster than a fleet of sailors. She particularly enjoys defying authority, and she already owns a rather pointy sword. There's only one problem: The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates refuses to let any girl join their ranks of scourges and scallywags.
Girls belong at Miss Pimm's Finishing School for Delicate Ladies, learning to waltz, faint, and curtsy. But Hilary and her dearest friend, the gargoyle, have no use for such frivolous lessons - they are pirates! (Or very nearly.)
To escape from a life of petticoats and politeness, Hilary answers a curious advertisement for a pirate crew and suddenly finds herself swept up in a seafaring adventure that may or may not involve a map without an X, a magical treasure that likely doesn't exist, a rogue governess who insists on propriety, a crew of misfit scallywags, and the most treacherous - and unexpected - villain on the High Seas.
Will Hilary find the treasure in time? Will she become a true pirate after all? And what will become of the gargoyle?
©2013 Caroline Carslon (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers
As a family (3 generations of us) we are all devoted fans of Katherine Kellgren. We chose this book because of the narrator and we were not disappointed. It has to be said though that with this story, she did have some wonderful material to work with. This is an excellent story with great moments of humour and off the wall events that take you by surprise but contribute to making the book such a wonderful listening experience. A girl pirate with a governess and a travelling gargoyle. Kinds of sums up the wonderful silliness!
This was a really cute story, and I imagine many elementary-aged kids would be captivated. The whole thing is elevated by the superb narration of Katherine Kellgren, who performs the various characters' voices so you can truly "hear" each one!
The Narrator was awesome. I loved the quirky characters.
Excellent performance. My kids loved listening to the life that she brought to the characters.
The Gargoyle was my favourite.
I would highly recommend this book. It was nice have a female character as the lead it a book my son could enjoy and my daughter could aspire to.
My 7 yr old daughter loved this story I got for a summer road trip. She laughed aloud at moments and has asked to listen to it again. I loved that it had a female protagonist pirate. She immediately asked for the sequel (which isn't out yet). We will get that one as soon as it's available.
A refreshing story. Finally there is a book about a girl who wants to be a pirate, not a princess or just to be pretty. Characters are all very interesting. This is a book full of excitement, fun, and humor. The narrator does a fantastic job. She is very enjoyable to listen to and she can do a wide range of different voices. This would be a perfect audiobook for a family road trip!
I have not read the print version. We enjoy audio books because we can enjoy them together as a family.
Hillary's first sword fight as a pirate. She used all of her pirate training as well as a few tricks picked up at finishing school.
I read to my children with voices, but I could never keep up with all of the passion of Kellgren. Every person was unique, but no one was so over the top that they were annoying. She had great energy that drove the story. I didn't want to stop the van and miss a minutes. I hope she narrates the rest of the series.
When you are finished with finishing school, try piracy.
We loved this book. It is one of the best listens we have ever had. I thought it was an old plot, 'Girl forgoes high society for adventure." However, this story was very original and had more than enough plot twists to keep even parents engaged.
Absolutely would (and have!) recommend this book. We listened to it while driving on a family road trip. Every person in the family (7-year-old daughter who likes adventure and comedy, 11-year old son who's favorite is the Percy Jackson series, and 40-something parents with action/adventure taste in books) was thoroughly entertained. Kathrine Kellgren is a gifted story teller and the book was well written and funny.
The story: The Peter and the Starcatcher series by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson & narrate. The Narration: Red Pyramid series by Rick Riordan.
Her ability to "be" all the characters. Every character -- from a talking Gargoyle to snooty school headmistress to pirates to tweens -- is utterly unique in sound and personality.
Yes - we did listen all in one sitting.
We will definitely listen to this book more than once and I'm using one of my precious credits to get the next book in the series if there is one!
I really liked this book. I listened to it again and again!
It is unique
I loved all of it.
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