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
I really liked this book. I listened to it again and again!
It is unique
I loved all of it.
It's a marvellously cute and witty tale that is amplified exponentially by Katherine Kellgren's performance.
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.
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