Monday, April 27, 2015

Book Review/ The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates: Magic Marks the Spot by Caroline Carlson

Witty dialogue, surprising twists, and exciting adventures!

Book Review: The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates: Magic Marks the Spot by Caroline CarlsonSYNOPSIS 
Hilary Westfield desperately wants to be a pirate. Her father, James Westfield will hear no such nonsense. An admiral in the Royal Navy, he already has an apprentice. And to make matters worse, the admiral abhors pirates!

As a family of High Society, Hilary's parents prefer she attend finishing school. They've even sent her governess, Miss Greyson, to ensure Hilary arrives and stays at Miss Pimm's Finishing School for Delicate Ladies.

Another strike against her? The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates refuses to accept female members. To make her dreams come true, Hilary will have to go against her family's wishes and somehow learn piracy on the sly. 

But when rare magic ore starts disappearing from exclusive High Society homes, Hilary is drawn into the mystery. Are pirates responsible, or is there another explanation entirely? Can Hilary discover who is stealing the magic ore and fulfill her dream of becoming a pirate, too?

The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates: Magic Marks the Spot is one of the most witty and humorous chapter books I've read in a while. This book will rock you with belly laughs. Several times, tears were pouring down my cheeks. It's THAT funny.

The relationships among the characters are golden. The correspondences intermixed throughout the story are my most favorite parts! Such great examples for students on the beauty and purpose of handwritten letters!!!!

And when a pirate ship tries to disguise itself? Totally hysterical. Certainly a creative solution...and one you'll have to read the book to find out!

There are characters you love to root for and characters you love to despise. Some characters take a while to figure out. The ending was a total surprise, but very satisfying. A hoot of an adventure from start to finish.

All the children at book club LOVED this selection. Everyone is eager to continue with the series. It was equally enjoyed by boys and girls alike. Great job, Caroline Carlson!

5 of 5 Stars/ Highly recommend for chapter readers who love adventure, mystery, fantasy, and humor! So excited to read the next book in the series, The Terror of the Southlands.

My daughter's top adjectives for The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates: Magic Marks the Spot -- surprising, exciting, hilarious, fun, spectacular.

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