- Age Range: 8 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 3 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 920 (What's this?)
- Series: Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates (Book 3)
- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins (September 8, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062194399
- ISBN-13: 978-0062194398
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #642,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Buccaneers' Code (Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates) Hardcover – Deckle Edge, September 8, 2015
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From the Back Cover
"You, Hilary Westfield, are the most passionate pirate I know. I bet you've dreamed of leading the VNHLP dozens of times."
Hilary Westfield is a freelance pirate now. When Captain Blacktooth showed his entirely dishonorable side by teaming up with the Mutineers and threatening the kingdom, Hilary forfeited her sword and hoped that the Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates would one day secure a new leader—an honorable one. (Or very nearly.)
Hilary's devoted crew—including the talking gargoyle—believes she's the perfect person for the job, so she picks up her sword again and challenges Captain Blacktooth and his villainous friends to a High Seas battle. If she wins, Hilary will become the new president of the League. If she loses? She'll perish or, at best, she'll be forced to spend the rest of her days at the Pestilent Home for Foul-Tempered Pirates while the Mutineers steal all the kingdom's magic. To gather supporters, Hilary and her crew set sail on a quest that may or may not involve fearsome pirates, even more fearsome finishing-school girls, and . . . chickens.
Caroline Carlson returns once again to the world of the Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates in the conclusion to this fantastically funny and adventure-filled series.
About the Author
Caroline Carlson is the author of the Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates series and The World's Greatest Detective. She holds an MFA in writing for children from Vermont College of Fine Arts and lives with her family in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. You can visit her online at www.carolinecarlsonbooks.com.
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The series focuses on Hilary Westfield, a young woman who has always dreamed of being a pirate. In the first book, she ran away from finishing school to pursue her dream and found herself on a quest she never imagined. Factor in magic and a talking gargoyle, and you’ve got an imaginative and delightful trilogy.
As this book opens, it’s been six months since Hilary’s last adventure, and she is spending the winter holidays with her mother, trying to practice her fencing during her down time. She is surprised when she finds pirates appearing at her door looking to join up on Hilary’s quest. They are answering an advertisement she’s placed in the paper. Just one problem – Hilary never placed that advertisement.
The next visitor is Miss Pimm, the headmistress of Miss Pimm’s Finishing School for Delicate Ladies. Miss Pimm explains that she placed the advertisement. It seems that the villains known as the Mutineers are on the move again with a new plan to take over the kingdom. The only hope is to expose them by taking out Captain Blacktooth, one of the Mutineers and the head of the Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates. Once the challenge is set, Hilary has three months to put together a crew and get them ready to fight. But is that realistic? Will Hilary win, or will she be forced into exile at the Pestilent Home for Foul-Tempered Pirates?
Really, I can’t say enough good things about this book. The characters are wonderful. We see some surprises in a few of the returning cast this time around, and all of them grow as they get ready for the biggest fight of their lives. We do get some new minor characters as well who are fun.
The plot? It moves along quickly from one complication to another. I might have cheered when something happened near the climax (even though I was expecting it). I also might have yelled at the time to slow down when it was obvious I wouldn’t be able to finish the book before my lunch hour was over. But since I was alone in my car reading when both of those things happened, I plead the fifth. Yes, I knew the broad outline of the story early on, but a few of the twists and surprises along the way caught me off guard, and I was entertained on every page. Plus I loved the ending.
As you might have guessed from my description of the story, there are plenty of laughs along the way. Heck, the gargoyle provides many of them all by himself. There are some absurd situations, witty dialogue, and groups and place names that will make you laugh. Plus I can’t leave out the between chapters fun. That’s where we get letters between the characters, news articles, official posting, and other writing. This has been the case in every book in the series, and I’ve found them some of the funniest bits. That’s the case here, too, although they always help advance the story as well.
Oh, and the title of the book? It references a code of conduct for pirates. The examples we get are quite amusing as well.
This may be a book aimed at middle schoolers, but this adult is thrilled he found them. While The Buccaneer’s Code may be the end for Hilary and her friends, I’m anxious to see what the author might bring us next.