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Magic Marks the Spot: The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates, Book 1 | [Caroline Carlson]

Magic Marks the Spot: The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates, Book 1

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?
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    "Excellent production of a clever children's book"

    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!

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    My kids and I loved this book and are so excited to start the next one. Such fun! The narration was excellent!

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    "Both my son and daughter loved this book."
    What did you love best about Magic Marks the Spot?

    The Narrator was awesome. I loved the quirky characters.


    Have you listened to any of Katherine Kellgren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Excellent performance. My kids loved listening to the life that she brought to the characters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The Gargoyle was my favourite.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Jessie Kayenta, AZ, United States 08-10-14
    Jessie Kayenta, AZ, United States 08-10-14
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    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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    "Fun listening experience for the whole family."

    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!

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    "Very Nearly the Best Book of the Year"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Magic Marks the Spot to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version. We enjoy audio books because we can enjoy them together as a family.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Magic Marks the Spot?

    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.


    What does Katherine Kellgren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    When you are finished with finishing school, try piracy.


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    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.

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    "Whole family was laughing out loud!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Magic Marks the Spot to and why?

    The story: The Peter and the Starcatcher series by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson & narrate. The Narration: Red Pyramid series by Rick Riordan.


    What does Katherine Kellgren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes - we did listen all in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

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