Bloody Jack

Bloody Jack

Being An Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy

Unknown - 2002
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Reduced to begging and thievery in the streets of London, a thirteen-year-old orphan disguises herself as a boy and connives her way onto a British warship set for high sea adventure in search of pirates.
Publisher: San Diego : Harcourt, 2002.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780152167318
Branch Call Number: YAF MEYER
Characteristics: 278 p. ; 22 cm.


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Cheryl_JHL Jun 02, 2017

Jacky is a plucky character who won my heart with her wry pragmatism.

Note: I hear the audio version is even better, thanks to a fantastic narration.

The books are now in Young Adult as there are a few scenes in there that bump it over the line from the "clean reads" category. Most of it is coming of age content regarding bodies and sexuality, but there is an attempted rape, a couple violent deaths and some harassment (I'd say the content is a bit "earthy," but not right down in the dirt). Really, nothing here is unexpected for the context of a 1700's royal ship: perspectives (adults lecturing ship boys excessively on the sin of sodomy so they'll stay away from dark corners of the ship, etc.), incidents (attempted rape, a murder, fighting), etc.

The book is rated 12+ - but I'd say maybe better for 13+. I keep in the back of my mind, that generally what troubles an adult about YA content often flies right past the younger reader.

I'm looking forward to the next one. The character is too much fun not to follow up!


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