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
The story is about a girl that wants to be a pirate but is forced to go to Finishing school.
The characters are great and alive and the reader is absolutely fantastic.
You won't be disappointed.
Mom, RN, CLC, LOL
Ms Kellgren has the most versatile voice! She transitioned between Salty Pirate, to Finishing School Girl to Prim Governess with ease! I really enjoyed this audiobook.
Imaginative storyline, excellent writing, and phenomenal performance! Not only will your kids love it, but you won't be able to help but smile when you hear the voices and accents of the Pirate Narrator, Claire, or Miss Pimm.
Though rather young for me I enjoyed it and is a book I'll listen too with my grandees. A swashbuckling tale with great characters and a well considered setting.
The story, I believe, is for children, but I had a good time and I am over 50. The narrator was incredible. I can hardly believe it was only one person. She made it so it would be exciting for the listener (if a bit over the top sometimes). I can see children engrossed in the tail as I was.
Very good. Can't wait for the next one.
Greatly told and silly,
Hillary Westfield has to be the greatest character of all time
This was a captivating story from the beginning. Hillary is quite the pirate or so she hopes. I think I would like to pass up finishing school for her adventures too. Some of them were quite unexpected. Loved it!
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