Hilary Westfield has always dreamed of being a pirate. She wants nothing more than to sail the High Seas in search of magical treasure. But the Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates rejects Hilary’s application because she is a girl, and her father ships her off to Miss Pimm’s Finishing School for Delicate Ladies instead. With the help of her trusty gargoyle, Hilary must find a way to escape from finishing school, outwit spies and governesses, and prove that she is a true pirate by tracking down the most valuable buried treasure of all: the kingdom's lost magic.
As for my favorite superstition--according to my mother, it's good luck when a ladybug lands on you. And I think she must be right, because a ladybug landed on me a few days before I found out I'd sold my book!