Bloody Jack by L. A. Meyer
Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy ( Adventures)

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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 eighteenth-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. . . .


About L. A. Meyer

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L. A. Meyer is the acclaimed writer of the Bloody Jack Adventure series, which follows the exploits of an impetuous heroine who has fought her way up from the squalid streets of London to become an adventurer of the highest order. He lives in a small fishing village on the coast of Maine. Visit his website at
Published June 1, 2004 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 293 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Travel, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Posing as a lad in the late 1790s, a spunky orphan girl secures a job as a ship’s boy in the British Navy, a position that becomes compromised by her evolving maturity and love for a fellow crewmember.

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PW called this story, of an orphaned girl who assumes the name Jack after her gang's leader is killed and takes to the high seas, "a salty tale."

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But after yet another escape from the Royal Navy, whose intelligence service has taken an avid interest in her, Jacky has to avoid recapture by heading into the great American frontier, eventually commanding a river boat stolen from Mike Fink himself in Mississippi Jack, a...

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“…this rousing historical tale is an appealing choice for fans of adventures, sea stories, and gutsy girls.” (Booklist/2007) “…Bloody Jack is the perfect audiobook to make those long family car trips fly by.” (Publishers Weekly/May 2007) This entry was posted in b...

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