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Caroline Carlson and The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates

I’m so excited to share this title with you: The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates. If you know anything about me you know I love pirates.

The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates

Here’s a synopsis from Goodreads.com

Pirates! Magic! Treasure! A gargoyle? Caroline Carlson’s hilarious 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.

 

What’s not to love?

Arrgh!

Pirate Pame

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Books Children

Lucy’s Story by ZR Southcombe

Lucy’s Story: The End of the World is the second book in The Caretaker Series.

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You might remember my review of The Caretaker of Imagination, in which I dressed like a pirate and swabbed the deck with yer landlubbin scalliwags.  Or maybe not.  But I DID review the first book and loved it! Check it out here.

In this book, we meet Lucy, a girl who throws a tantrum and finds herself on another planet. In fact, because of her tantrums, she has destroyed Earth.

And you thought your little sister’s tantrums were terrible.

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Lucy tries to make amends for her transgressions and makes some lovely friends along the way.  One of them happens to be a dragon. And you know how much I love dragons! I’m not going to give anything away, because I hate spoilers, but let’s just say that Lucy learns to control her emotions and is also reunited with someone she loves very much.

Yay for vivid imaginations, dragons, and learning to harness the power within!

If you want to know more about my friend, Zee check out her website. She has all kinds of cool things, SoundCloud sound bites, videos,  cupcakes, coloring pages and writing tips! She doesn’t really have cupcakes but I’m sure she would have some if she could make virtual ones. Cupcakes would go great with the new coloring book she’s made.

I can’t wait to see what’s next!

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Books Children

The Map to Everywhere by Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis

 

The Map to Everywhere by Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis

You know I’m all about books with pirates, right? Good or bad, ugly or princess, if there’s a pirate in it, I want to read it!

You also know that I love a good opening line in a book. It sets the tone and if done accurately opens up a world of wonder.  Here’s the first line of The Map to Everywhere:

Fin crouched behind a rack of bootleg flavors, trying hard to ignore the taste of rat fu and broccoli juice seeping from the grungy bottles.

Love it! Makes me want to barf and run away at the same time.  But it also lets you know that the author(s) have some good stuff in store for you.

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To Master Thief Fin, an orphan from the murky pirate world of the Khaznot Quay, the Map is the key to finding his mother. To suburban schoolgirl Marrill, it’s her only way home after getting stranded on the Pirate Stream, the magical waterway that connects every world in creation. With the help of a bumbling wizard and his crew, they must scour the many worlds of the Pirate Stream to gather the pieces of the Map to Everywhere–but they aren’t the only ones looking. A sinister figure is hot on their tail, and if they can’t beat his ghostly ship to find the Map, it could mean the destruction of everything they hold dear!

I have a sneaky suspicion this will be a series and we’re going to find out what other trouble Fin and friends can get into.  Think Harry Potter and Pirates of the Caribbean meet something; Oliver Twist maybe?

I dunno but I can’t wait for the next book. Sign me up, matey!

Arrrrrrgh!!

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This #Blogust, Give your Little One a Chance to be a Princess or a Pirate

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Does your little girl dream of being a Princess? Does your little guy fancy himself a pirate? Do they love to play dress up with their friends for parties?

So do I. In fact, when I’m not reviewing books, I host literature tea parties! We’ve done Fancy Nancy, Olivia, and so many Frozen parties I’ve lost track!  In August aka Blogust, we’re hosting a Fairy Tale party and the proceeds are going to go to [email protected]

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Why are we doing this? Because some kids don’t get vaccinated and as a result, they get sick and some even die. They never get a chance to dream about being princesses or knights or pirates or IronMan; and that makes me sad.  Why not have a party where everyone can dress up, play make believe and help other kids in the process?

It’s win-win, right?

Here’s the link if you’d like to attend the party or donate a ticket for someone:

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This #Blogust, give a kid a chance to pretend to be a princess or a pirate. Give a kid a shot at life of being a kid.  For every comment or blog post shared at the [email protected] website, Walgreens will donate 1 vaccine.  1 comment = 1 vaccine.

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Bookish Traveler Travels to Marriott’s Aruba Surf Club

You might have figured out by now that I love to travel.  Seeing the world is so much fun and it always provides plenty of time for reading. Whether riding on the train or sitting on a plane (hey that rhymed!) I’m never far away from at least one book when I travel.

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I just recently traveled to Aruba and stayed at the Marriott Surf Club.  I love Aruba and I love Marriott. We’ve been to Aruba five times and I’ve loved every single minute of it.

Why five times you ask?

Here is the view from the villa balcony.  I’m having my coffee and looking at this stunning view for breakfast. What more could a bookish traveler like me want? If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you’ll know that I was reading a middle grade book called Remarkable which was about pirates. So, while looking at the pirate ship, I was reading about pirates. The irony was not lost on me.

But GAH! Look at that view!

When I wasn’t on the balcony enjoying the sunrise, I was at the Serenity Pool which is just for grown ups.  Why they let me in is a surprise, but since I can’t swim (shut up) I don’t go to the other pools so much. I have a scared that some little kid will knock me in and then I’ll be a drowned Pammy Pam. No fun for me.

Anyway, I’m down at the Serenity Pool, which should really be called the outdoor library, because SO many people were reading books.

Like Me.

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I left my sun hat upstairs so I had to improvise.

After I spend several hours under an umbrella reading, it’s usually time for lunch.  This is the fun part. The mister and I go back to our room (or villa as Marriott calls them) and I prepare lunch in the kitchen!

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How cool is that? What you do is the day you arrive you go to the grocery store, which is geared toward Americans and you stock up on snacks and food. Then you cook your food in the fully equipped kitchen; how awesome is that? You know what’s even awesomer? The money that we saved fixing yummy sammies and salad, can be spent on a extra delicious Foodie dinner!

I’m not a foodie but I do like nice food. Wait, does that make me a foodie?

Anyway, mad props to the Marriott peeps because I love their consistency in quality: I try to stay in a Marriott whenever I travel. Plus, the Marriott Aruba social media team is on the ball and responsive! Check out Marriott’s website to see when you can get down to Aruba.

Stay tuned and in the coming days I’ll share more of my Aruba trip with you. Have you ever been? What do you love about it the best?

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Tickets Now Available for An Enchanted Woodland Tea Party

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Bookish Tea Party Fun: Pirates

If you’ve spent any length of time speaking with me you’ll learn that I love pirates (among other things).  Imagine how thrilled I was when we hosted a Captain’s Tea Party!

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We laughed while I read Twenty-six Pirates, a book that gives a pirate type name for every letter of the alphabet.  Fun!

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We had pirate treats, complete with doubloons and a treasure map!

 

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Not those pirates.

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Yarrrrrr! Just a coupla mateys to swab the decks!

 

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Bookish Tea Party Fun: The Importance of Cookies

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There’s nothing worse than a party with no cookies. Well maybe there is but at a tea party, yummy cookies are ESSENTIAL.  Check out the different kinds of cookies we’ve had. WARNING: MAY CAUSE DROOLING!

 

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and these

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Nancy Drew cookies

 

and how about

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Mermaid cookies

 

or maybe

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Don’t they look delish? We couldn’t wait to nosh on these adorable and totally yummy cookies during our parties!

 

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The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates by Caroline Carlson

If you know anything about me you know I love pirates.  That’s why I’m so excited to share this title with you: The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates

The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates

Here’s a synopsis from Goodreads.com

Pirates! Magic! Treasure! A gargoyle? Caroline Carlson’s hilarious 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.

 

What’s not to love?

Arrgh!

Pirate Pame

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Tides of Avarice and Sagaria by John Dahlgren

Sagaria_bookcover TheTidesofAvarice_bookcoverIf you think librarians are only superstars at the library (and bookstores) you should read Tides of Avarice and Sagaria by John Dahlgren.

Here’s my video to explain how I feel about the books.

How cool is that??? A librarian, a lemming, and a pirate!

It’s lots of fun and if you know anything about lemmings, you’ll understand why lemming lore dates back so far in history.

This is a fun historical romp you’ll giggle all the way through!