WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2014

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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182 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 4 being a published author is a dream come true for Weston-bred Caroline Carlson, who is releasing a series of youth adventure books and realizing her vision of becoming a professional writer. "I'm a full-time writer, which has been amazing and won- derful," Carlson says, as she discusses Magic Marks the Spot, a book that was released last year. It's Carlson's first, and it's the inaugural of three in The Very Honorable League of Pirates trilogy (HarperCollins). Carlson's sweeping seafaring adventure follows the main char- acter, Hilary Westfield, as she deftly navigates the high seas on a pirate ship, thanks to a magic talking gargoyle. Hilary's adventure is a rescue, in a way — it liberates her from the staid finishing school for girls where the main diversions are learning to waltz and acquiring embroidery proficiency. Pirates, magic, treasure, and villains abound, with plenty of humor and madcap escapades to keep readers enraptured. The 368-page novel is aimed at 'tween and teen readers, especially those who are fans of series like Lemony Snicket or The Mysterious Benedict Society collection. Fans who have already read Magic Marks the Spot will be heartened to know that the next book in The Very Honorable League of Pirates series is coming out this September, entitled The Terror of the Southlands. Carlson, who is now based in Pittsburgh, participated in the Field School's "Great Conversations" program last spring. Fourth and fifth graders read Magic Marks the Spot ahead of time with their parents, and had the exciting opportunity to meet the author at the Weston Public Library. "We had a great question-and-answer session," Carlson says. "When the kids asked me where I get my ideas, my answer is that I don't know," she laughs. "It's a mysterious process. All Caroline Carlson C O U R T E S Y O F C A R O L I N E C A R L S O N library reading belles-lettres literature bestsellers media authors Success Marks the Spot for Weston Author C H E R Y L B . S C A PA R R O T TA writer books

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