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Magic Marks the Spot (Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates) Paperback – September 9, 2014
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From School Library Journal
Gr 3-6–Hilary strives to be a pirate, but it's hard when the VNHLP (Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates) declines her application because of her gender. She's also the daughter of the Admiral of the Augusta Royal Navy, who is a sworn enemy of pirates, and she's been sent to a finishing school run by Miss Pimm where she is trapped in fainting, waltzing, and embroidery classes. Luckily, Hilary has her magic gargoyle to assist her in running away to the ship of the Terror of the Southlands, a polite pirate named Jasper Fletcher. Along with Jasper's ward, Charlie; Hilary's governess, Miss Greyson; and a boy she suspects is a spy, Hilary sails off on the Pigeon in search of magic buried by the Enchantress of Augusta. But there is something fishy going on in Augusta with magical items being stolen, Miss Pimm taking her girls to sea, and the admiral in hot pursuit of the Pigeon, unconcerned that his daughter is onboard. Will the magic fall into the wrong hands? Will Hilary and Charlie be able to rescue their friends from the dungeons into which they have been mistakenly tossed? In the end, no one is who they seem. In the magical world of Augusta, pirates grow beautiful flower gardens, letters mysteriously get to ships within hours, and the dungeons contain crocheted rugs. The narrative is interspersed with letters, forms, and quotes from the VNHLP handbook that make for entertaining reading, and the whole package is a silly, rollicking good time.–Clare A. Dombrowski, Amesbury Public Library, MAα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Reading as adult, the plot was a bit thin at times. I had figured out how Miss Pimm must be involved in the larger plot quite early on, but the journey of getting to the end was still fun. Sprinkled through out with humorous excepts from the VNHLP Handbook, Miss Pimm's Guidebook, and newspaper articles, this is a cute and funny read. Themes of friendship pepper the story. I did think when it came down to crunch time concerning the villainous relative, Hilary's choice of making the hard right choice (stopping them) or maybe easier wrong one (letting them carry on) was a bit easily decided. Content-wise, there's not much here for parent's to be concerned about. Some minor pirate oaths, like "Blast!" and such. A tiny bit of romance (nothing overt) runs through a bit of the story. It's a bit silly at times, but it really is rollicking fun. I might be back to visit Hilary and The Gargoyle once book 2 sets sail.
Even the adult(s) reading the story to the young'uns will find this an entertaining read.