The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates: Magic Marks the Spot by Caroline Carlson is pretty close to perfect. It has humor, populated by lively characters, and promotes the idea that both boys and girls are capable of doing the same things, just as well as the other. The star of the series is thirteen-year-old Hilary Westfield who has dreams of becoming a treasure hunting pirate. It's pretty much swords over dresses for this chick, which I can relate to. In this adventure Hilary tries to prove herself worthy of joining The (boys only) Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates. While Hilary is quite the vibrant character on her own, her gargoyle side-kick provided the necessary comic relief within the chapters of this story that is sure to make you (and your nuggets) smile.