The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates

3 books in series
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Magic Marks the Spot 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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  • Book 1

    • Magic Marks the Spot

    • The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates, Book 1
    • By: Caroline Carlson
    • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
    • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 628
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 577
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 576

    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?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Best Narrator Ever!

    • By gkbowood on 12-05-14

    Regular price: $26.23

  • Book 2

    • The Terror of the Southlands

    • The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates, Book 2
    • By: Caroline Carlson
    • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
    • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 237
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 219
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 217

    Hilary Westfield is a pirate. In fact, she's the Terror of the Southlands! She's daring, brave, fearless, and . . . in a rut. Maybe she hasn't found any treasure lately. And maybe she isn't fighting off as many scallywags as she'd like. But does that mean she and her loyal crew (including a magical gargoyle) deserve to be kicked out of the ranks of the Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates? There is only one thing to do - find a daring mission worthy of her fearless reputation.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • People of any age will enjoy this book!

    • By GLENNO on 10-10-14

    Regular price: $26.23

  • Book 3

    • The Buccaneers' Code

    • By: Caroline Carlson
    • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
    • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 172
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 155
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 154

    Hilary Westfield is now a freelance pirate. After trying to prove herself to the VNHLP, she realized many members of the league weren't all that honorable - not even very nearly. With Captain Blacktooth in cahoots with the Mutineers, the kingdom of Augusta and all its magic are at risk.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great book! wonderful narration!

    • By Jeff on 07-23-18

    Regular price: $22.81