The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi

70%

8 Critic Reviews

Tautly plotted, vividly narrated, carefully researched: a thrilling tale deepened by its sober look at attitudes that may have been more exaggerated in the past but that still persist.
-Kirkus

Synopsis

As the only passenger, and the only female, on a transatlantic voyage in 1832, thirteen-year-old Charlotte finds herself caught between a murderous captain and a mutinous crew.
 

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Avi was born in 1937, in the city of New York and raised in Brooklyn. He began his writing career as a playwright, and didn't start writing childrens books until he had kids of his own.
 
Published October 27, 2015 by Scholastic Paperbacks. 243 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, History, Education & Reference, Nature & Wildlife. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
All: 8 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Above average

Tautly plotted, vividly narrated, carefully researched: a thrilling tale deepened by its sober look at attitudes that may have been more exaggerated in the past but that still persist.

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Guardian

Good
on Feb 16 2012

I rate this book 10/10 because it just kept me thinking. This is a book for anyone who likes adventure but I would also say it is a brilliant mystery book and a quest about Charlotte who wants to be.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average

In this crackling good yarn--a Newbery Honor book--a 13-year-old girl must extricate herself from a perilous position during an 1832 transatlantic voyage.

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Christian Science Monitor

Above average
on Jan 13 2012

Avi creates a swashbuckling heroine guaranteed to delight readers...when she finds herself between a nefarious captain and his mutinous crew, the reader learns just how capable and courageous Charlotte really is.

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Booklist Online

Above average

From its riveting opening line, “Not every thirteen-year-old girl is accused of murder, brought to trial, and found guilty,” to its surprise ending, this is a story harder to forget.

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Common Sense Media

Above average

It combines an exciting story with thought-provoking consideration of issues, such as bigotry, honor, justice, and the necessity of letting beliefs dictate actions. The characters, major and minor, are complex and unpredictable.

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Gather Books

Above average
on Nov 01 2010

I did not really start enjoying this book until two-thirds of the way through. The last third was really good and I did enjoy the twist that Avi threw in. I do wish that the book had been less predictable, it would have made it easier to get into.

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Gather Books

Above average
on May 06 2007

Although the book is written for "young adults", there is enough to hold the interest of grown adults also. I recommend it.

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