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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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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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Performance incredible

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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Best book ever.

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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Great story!

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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great family read

smart, well written, amazing performance, great girl character, lovely sense of humor. highly recommended. looking forward to the sequel.

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Magic

This book was fun and wild at times. A good book and a all star review from me! I LOVED this book!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Best book of the sea

What made the experience of listening to Magic Marks the Spot the most enjoyable?

I really liked this book. I listened to it again and again!

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

It is unique

Which scene was your favorite?

I loved all of it.

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

Yes!

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  • ERICK
  • Anchorage, AK, United States
  • 04-28-15

Fabulous reading!

It's a marvellously cute and witty tale that is amplified exponentially by Katherine Kellgren's performance.

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Best read story ever.

My whole family loved it. The narration was the best I have heard. Buy it. You won't be disappointed. Honest.

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Brilliant narration, funny story. Irresistible

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!

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