Carlson, Caroline. The Buccaneer’s Code (The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates #3). Harper, 2015. $16.99. 301 pages. Language: G. Violence: PG (more comical than piratical). Sexual content: G.
The final outing for Hilary Westfield, the Terror of the Southlands, does not disappoint. In her previous adventures, Hilary saved the Enchantress from an evil group called the Mutineers. Although, one of them was caught, most got away including the president of The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates (VNHLP), Captain Blacktooth who isn’t even close to be honorable. In a bold move, Miss Pimm (the Enchantress) and her friend Claire declare Hilary’s challenge to Captain Blacktooth for the presidency of the VNHLP. Whoever wins the battle becomes the new president, writes the new bi-laws, whilst the loser is forced into exile at the Pestilent Home for Foul-Tempered Pirates. Captain Blacktooth accepts Hilary’s challenge, but tells her that she must provide 200 men for the fight or forfeit. Hilary and her friends try to recruit more allies, but everyone is too afraid of Blacktooth. Hilary is forced to recruit a more dangerous people than pirates—finishing school girls! Magic, mayhem, and mystery combine for a most satisfying conclusion to this every-charming series. Hilary is plucky, smart, brave, and adventurous and her companions are simply hilarious. The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates series is a must for every elementary school library.
EL-ESSENTIAL. Samantha Hastings, MA, MLS.