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Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy

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ISBN13: 9780152050856
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Life as a ship's boy aboard HMS Dolphin is a dream come true for Jacky Faber. Gone are the days of scavenging for food and fighting for survival on the streets of 18th-century London. Instead, Jacky is becoming a skilled and respected sailor as the crew pursues pirates on the high seas.

There's only one problem: Jacky is a girl. And she will have to use every bit of her spirit, wit, and courage to keep the crew from discovering her secret. This could be the adventure of her life — if only she doesn't get caught...

Review:

"'I prays for deliverance,' confides Mary Faber, orphaned at eight years old by a pestilence that relegates her to a life of begging and petty crime on the streets of London. After her gang's leader is killed, she dons his clothing, trading in the name Mary for Jack, and takes to the high seas aboard the HMS Dolphin. Meyer evokes life in the 18th-century Royal Navy with Dickensian flair. He seamlessly weaves into Jacky's first-person account a wealth of historical and nautical detail at a time when pirates terrorized the oceans. Interspersed are humorous asides about her ongoing struggle to maintain 'The Deception' (she fashions herself a codpiece and emulates the 'shake-and-wiggle action' of the other boys when pretending to use the head, for instance), she earns her titular nickname in a clash with pirates and survives a brief stretch as a castaway before her true identity is discovered (the book ends as she's about to be shipped off to a school for young ladies in Boston). The narrative's dialect occasionally falters, but this detracts only slightly from the descriptive prose ('He's got muscles like a horse and looks to have a brain to match') and not at all from the engine driving this sprawling yarn: the spirited heroine's wholly engaging voice. Her budding sexuality (which leads to a somewhat flawed plotline involving a secret shipboard romance) and a near-rape by a seaman mark this one for older readers, who will find the salty tale a rattling good read. Ages 12-up. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"This is a properly thrilling adventure with pirates, shipwrecks, and even a little romance, able to pull in both boys and girls." Children's Literature

Review:

"A good story of a brave ship's 'boy' with natural leadership abilities and a sense of fair play and humanity." School Library Journal

Review:

"Capped by a fitting but bittersweet ending, the first-person narrative shines, and a wealth of historical research is seamlessly knitted into the material. A first-rate read." Kirkus

Synopsis:

While disguised as a boy, Jacky Faber experiences adventure and romance on the high seas.

Synopsis:

The acclaimed historical fiction series Bloody Jack Adventures continues with this rollicking pirate adventure on the high seas as Jacky Faber finds herself aboard a convict ship headed for the penal colony of New South Wales, Australia.

Synopsis:

Jacky Faber, rich from her exploits diving for Spanish gold, has purchased the Lorelei

Lee to carry passengers across the Atlantic. Believing she has been absolved of past sins

against the Crown, Jacky docks in London to take on her crew, but is instead arrested

and sentenced to life in the newly formed penal colony in Australia. To add insult to

injury, the Lorelei Lee is confiscated to carry female convicts to populate New South

Wales. Not one to give in to self-pity, Jacky rallies her sisters to “better” their position—

resulting in wild escapades, brushes with danger, and much hilarity.

Synopsis:

On the very day that Jacky Faber is to wed her true love, she is kidnapped by British Naval Intelligence and forced to embark on yet another daring mission—this time to search for sunken Spanish gold. But when Jacky is involved, things don't always go as planned.
 
Jacky has survived battles on the high seas, the stifling propriety of a Boston finishing school, and even confinement in a dank French prison. But no adventure has quite matched her opportunistic street-urchin desires—until now.

About the Author

L. A. Meyer received a master of fine arts degree from Boston University, and is currently the curator and exhibitor at the Clair de Loon Gallery in Bar Harbor, Maine. He lives in Corea, Maine.

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avrvilo, December 29, 2010 (view all comments by avrvilo)
Bloody Jack is an amazing book, I've read the entire series a couple of times. Unlike some series that go downhill this series just gets better!
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Azuline, June 28, 2009 (view all comments by Azuline)
This first book in the "young adult" Bloody Jack series is the beginning of hijinks and mishaps that I continue to enjoy well into my college years. I highly recommend this book (the entire series, in fact) to anyone and their kids (middle school and up) who enjoy young adult historical fiction and/or pirates.
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Denise Morland, October 28, 2008 (view all comments by Denise Morland)
A thrilling, fast-paced adventure story that would be perfect for a family road trip! Because it’s about a girl, called Bloody Jack, disguised as a boy on a British warship, I didn't really expect to like this book. But what a girl! She is tough, smart, and resourceful without ever losing her essential female spirit. I was especially impressed that the author was able to convey both her ability to fit in and keep up with the boys, without losing the fact that she has the emotions of a teenage girl. He does an excellent job with character development giving you many to love and even a few to despise. The characters drew me in and before long I found myself caring deeply what happened to them. That coupled with a fast-paced and sometimes surprising plot made this a book I will recommend to many people, girls, boys and adults alike.
I listened to the audio version of Bloody Jack. Katherine Kellgren does a fantastic job with the voices and accents. Her skillful reading adds another layer to the story. I will be listening to all the books in this series!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780152050856
Author:
Meyer, L. A.
Publisher:
Harcourt Paperbacks
Author:
Meyer, Louis A.
Subject:
Girls & Women
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Love & Romance
Subject:
Social Situations - Homelessness & Poverty
Subject:
Historical - Europe
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - Adventure
Subject:
General Juvenile Fiction
Subject:
Children s All Ages - Fiction - General
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Children s-Adventure Stories
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Bloody Jack Adventures
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20100631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
560
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
13-17

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Product details 560 pages Harcourt Paperbacks - English 9780152050856 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'I prays for deliverance,' confides Mary Faber, orphaned at eight years old by a pestilence that relegates her to a life of begging and petty crime on the streets of London. After her gang's leader is killed, she dons his clothing, trading in the name Mary for Jack, and takes to the high seas aboard the HMS Dolphin. Meyer evokes life in the 18th-century Royal Navy with Dickensian flair. He seamlessly weaves into Jacky's first-person account a wealth of historical and nautical detail at a time when pirates terrorized the oceans. Interspersed are humorous asides about her ongoing struggle to maintain 'The Deception' (she fashions herself a codpiece and emulates the 'shake-and-wiggle action' of the other boys when pretending to use the head, for instance), she earns her titular nickname in a clash with pirates and survives a brief stretch as a castaway before her true identity is discovered (the book ends as she's about to be shipped off to a school for young ladies in Boston). The narrative's dialect occasionally falters, but this detracts only slightly from the descriptive prose ('He's got muscles like a horse and looks to have a brain to match') and not at all from the engine driving this sprawling yarn: the spirited heroine's wholly engaging voice. Her budding sexuality (which leads to a somewhat flawed plotline involving a secret shipboard romance) and a near-rape by a seaman mark this one for older readers, who will find the salty tale a rattling good read. Ages 12-up. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "This is a properly thrilling adventure with pirates, shipwrecks, and even a little romance, able to pull in both boys and girls."
"Review" by , "A good story of a brave ship's 'boy' with natural leadership abilities and a sense of fair play and humanity."
"Review" by , "Capped by a fitting but bittersweet ending, the first-person narrative shines, and a wealth of historical research is seamlessly knitted into the material. A first-rate read."
"Synopsis" by ,
While disguised as a boy, Jacky Faber experiences adventure and romance on the high seas.

"Synopsis" by ,
The acclaimed historical fiction series Bloody Jack Adventures continues with this rollicking pirate adventure on the high seas as Jacky Faber finds herself aboard a convict ship headed for the penal colony of New South Wales, Australia.
"Synopsis" by , Jacky Faber, rich from her exploits diving for Spanish gold, has purchased the Lorelei

Lee to carry passengers across the Atlantic. Believing she has been absolved of past sins

against the Crown, Jacky docks in London to take on her crew, but is instead arrested

and sentenced to life in the newly formed penal colony in Australia. To add insult to

injury, the Lorelei Lee is confiscated to carry female convicts to populate New South

Wales. Not one to give in to self-pity, Jacky rallies her sisters to “better” their position—

resulting in wild escapades, brushes with danger, and much hilarity.

"Synopsis" by ,
On the very day that Jacky Faber is to wed her true love, she is kidnapped by British Naval Intelligence and forced to embark on yet another daring mission—this time to search for sunken Spanish gold. But when Jacky is involved, things don't always go as planned.
 
Jacky has survived battles on the high seas, the stifling propriety of a Boston finishing school, and even confinement in a dank French prison. But no adventure has quite matched her opportunistic street-urchin desires—until now.

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