Magic Marks the Spot (Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates #1) (Paperback)

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By Caroline Carlson, Dave Phillips (Illustrator)
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This is book number 1 in the Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates series.

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Magic Marks the Spot is a delightful read for children of all ages. Hilary Westfield, the young daughter of Royal Navy Admiral James Westfield, has always cherished the dream of one day becoming a feared pirate! Believing this to be quite an improper pasttime for a young lady, her father sends her to finishing school, which she promptly escapes from. Along with her magical gargoyle, her governess who is perhaps not quite all she seems, and two not so fearsome pirates, Hilary sets out to find the magical treasure of the Enchantress of the Northlands. Beautifully humorous, Magic Marks the Spot is a fantastic story! 

— Thomas


Pirates! Magic! Treasure! A gargoyle?!

Caroline Carlson's funny tween novel The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates #1: Magic Marks the Spot is perfect for fans of Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events and Trenton Lee Stewart's Mysterious Benedict Society.

Hilary Westfield has always dreamed of being a pirate. She can tread water for thirty-seven minutes. She can tie a knot faster than a fleet of sailors, 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.

But Hilary is not the kind of girl to take no for answer. To escape a life of petticoats and politeness at her stuffy finishing school, Hilary sets out in search of her own seaworthy adventure, where she gets swept up in a madcap quest involving a map without an X, a magical treasure that likely doesn't exist, a talking gargoyle, a crew of misfit scallywags, and the most treacherous—and unexpected—villain on the High Seas.

Written with uproarious wit and an inviting storyteller tone, the first book in Caroline Carlson's quirky seafaring series is a piratical tale like no other.

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

Praise For…

A whimsical, swashbuckling romp into a deeply imaginative world; Carlson’s novel is as plucky and clever as its heroine. — Soman Chainani, New York Times bestselling author of The School for Good and Evil

Avast! Pirates, magic, girl hero and a gargoyle sidekick? YES!! MAGIC MARKS THE SPOT is an amazing debut, a funny, rollicking adventure featuring a take-no-prisoners heroine and a cast of colorful characters. I eagerly look forward to the next book. — Sarah Prineas, author of The Magic Thief series and the Summerlands series

“There’s merriment and intrigue on the high seas in this debut novel… Carlson’s characters are as memorable as they are entertaining.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Product Details
ISBN: 9780062194350
ISBN-10: 0062194356
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: September 9th, 2014
Pages: 384
Language: English
Series: Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates