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Magic Marks the Spot Audiobook

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

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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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    It's tough to find a book appropriate for kids yet entertaining for adults. This is! I thoroughly enjoyed the book and the reader.

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    Wayne Matthews, NC 12-22-16
    Wayne Matthews, NC 12-22-16 Member Since 2017

    I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!

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    "Katherine Kellgren is the most talented narrator!"

    There are some narrators so talented that it's worth listening to a book you may not like just to hear the narration. Actress Katherine Kellgren does not narrate books, she performs them. She performs every character, every voice, every accent, and every emotion. Magic Marks the Spot is the first children's book I have heard her perform, and she is simply magnificent. Every Audible listener owes it to himself/herself to hear Kellgren perform Magic Marks the Spot. Hers is a performance to behold; her performances are true art.

    This book tells a wonderful story. Hilary Westfield's Navy admiral dad wants to send Hilary to Miss Pimm's Finishing School for Delicate Ladies, but Hilary is determined to be a pirate. She is certainly not a delicate lady; she is a headstrong and athletic young woman.. This is the first novel in author Caroline Carlson's The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates series.

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    "entertaining for the whole family"

    A fabulous narration of this story. The perfect mix of adventure, a little love and pirates!

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    "Cute story, FANTASTIC reader"

    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.

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    "Bravo!!!!!"

    Loved this book and the performance. Just the right amount of adventure and silliness. And Kellgren's reading was a delight! Eager to get another book she's done. BRAVO!

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    Jeanne OLEAN, NY, United States 11-02-16
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    "Best Performance Ever!"

    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.

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    David S. Brown NH 10-30-16
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    "Best kid's audiobook I've found so far!"
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    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.

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    Carrie Osmo The Dandenongs 10-30-16
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    "Fun worth the top star if 10yo or so."

    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.

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    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.

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    Paul Gildrie-Voyles Madison, WI United States 12-24-15
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    Very good. Can't wait for the next one.
    Greatly told and silly,
    Hillary Westfield has to be the greatest character of all time

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