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In the Belly of the Bloodhound: Being an Account of a Particularly Peculiar Adventure in the Life of Jacky Faber (Bloody Jack Adventures) Paperback – May 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Bloody Jack Adventures (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (May 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152061665
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152061661
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 5.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #506,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 8 Up—In this installment in the series, the teen is back in Boston as a student at the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls. While there, she tries to comport herself as a proper young lady in polite society. When the girls go on a field trip to a nearby island, they are kidnapped and put on a slave ship called the Bloodhound, which is bound for Africa. Jacky quickly falls back on her seagoing experience to organize the captives into divisions and devise a daring escape plan, which could mean the difference between life and death. Readers unfamiliar with the previous books will have a difficult time following the action. It is not made clear what Jacky's previous adventures were and how she came to be in Boston and at the school. The narrative is somewhat slow and does not pick up speed until far into the journey on the slave ship. Jacky is a strong protagonist whose exploits are astounding and hair-raising, but the secondary characters are not as well developed.—Kristen Oravec, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Strongsville, OH
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From Booklist

With a price on her head for piracy, 16-year-old Jacky Faber takes shelter in an unexpected haven, her former boarding school in Boston. A boating excursion ends disastrously when Jacky and her fellow students are kidnapped and stowed in the hold of a ship that sails for the slave markets of North Africa. Is it possible that, against all odds, the wicked ruffians will be outwitted and overpowered by daring Jacky and the resourceful young ladies of the Lawson Peabody School? Readers of the three previous novels know that the real pleasure comes from watching this cunning, unconventional, warmhearted heroine in action. Carolyn Phelan
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More About the Author

L. A. MEYER is the author of Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy. He also has been a designer and an art teacher, and is currently the curator and exhibitor at the Clair de Loon Gallery near his home in Corea, Maine.

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Boys have Tarzan and girls have Jacky Faber!
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L.A. Meyer is at it again with his fourth installment in the Bloody Jack series.
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These books are so funny and full adventure i have a hard time putting it down.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By H. S. Wedekind VINE VOICE on October 5, 2006
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This, the fourth "Bloody Jack" Adventure, is filled with action and derring-do and cliffhanging episodes just like the three earlier novels. Not only is she wanted for piracy by the British Admiralty and sentenced to be hanged when caught, Jacky now has to use her wits and seafaring experience to save not only herself but all of the young ladies of the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls of Boston (where she has been hiding out) from the clutches of the savage crew of a slaver called "The Bloodhound." The girls had been treacherously kidnapped from a small island near Boston while on a class outting and imprisoned in the ship's hold bound for North Africa where they are to be sold on the auction block as slaves. The girls suffer terribly in captivity and Jacky rallies them to her, though some, like her arch-nemesis Clarissa Worthington Howe, do so very reluctantly, and makes plans to escape their fate. Many obstacles get in the way and Jacky is often thwarted in her schemes by friend and foe alike. It's a rollicking good tale and a real page turner. Even if you have not read the previous books about Jacky this book can stand alone. Your interest in reading more of Jacky's adventures will definitely be piqued after reading In the Belly of the Bloodhound. Keep it up Mr. Meyer!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mark Twain on October 14, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I am a huge fan of the Jacky Faber series -- just like everyone else who has discovered these awesome books by L.A. Meyer. I've read every one of Meyer's previous books, and loved all of them. Each time, I figured there was absolutely no way he could top the previous one. And each time, I'm stunned to find that he has. 'In the Belly of the Bloodhound' is no different. Once again, Meyer has written a heck of a story that's even better than his last. Like all the others, 'In the Belly of the Bloodhound' was an incredibly fast read -- a book that I could not put down. It's entertaining and definitely won't put you to sleep like some other 'teen' books assigned in school. I have no doubt that this book is headed for a blockbuster movie, once Hollywood discovers Jacky Faber. I'm sure actresses will be lining up to play her. In the meantime, I'm hoping L.A. Meyer is back home writing his next pirate tale. Aye, Cap'n, he's good as gold.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By MindCreations on January 16, 2007
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I picked up the first Bloody Jack book just a month ago and could not put it down, it was that good. This is the second book in the series and I couldn't put it down either. It continues straight from where the first book ended so there isn't a feeling that you missed something in between. The book is highly entertaining and fun to read as we follow Jacky Faber through her time at the Lawson Peabody School for young ladies... and we all know that Jacky Faber AIN'T close to bein' a lady. I highly recommend this book and the others in the series:

Book 1: Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventure of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy

Book 2: Curse of the Blue Tattoo: Being an Account of the Misadventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman, and Fine Lady

Book 3: Under the Jolly Roger: Being an Account of the Further Nautical Adventures of Jacky Faber

Book 4: In the Belly of the Bloodhound: Being an Account of the Particularly Peculiar Adventure in the Life of Jacky Faber
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Lawrence Jr. on September 28, 2006
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"This series just keeps on getting better. Put me down as fully absorbed with the characters -- not just Jacky Faber, but the headmistress Miranda Pimm and Clarissa and Espeth and so many more. Growing up couldn't be more adventurous then depicted in this series, of which "In the Belly of the Bloodhound" is the latest and best yet of the four published so far. It is all-hands-on-deck action. I've loved all four books. Bring on No. 5!"

Dave Lawrence Jr.

Coral Gables, Fla.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kelsey May Dangelo on August 15, 2009
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The fourth book in the best young adult series for adults since Harry Potter finds our audacious, wily heroine trying to behave herself (and save herself from a certain hanging at the hands of British authorities) by returning to Miss Pimm's school for girls. Adventure, though, finds Jacky as she and her schoolmates--young ladies of elegance and class and wealth--are kidnapped aboard a slaver and destined for the slave markets of Northern Africa. Jacky must lead the girls and somehow find their escape from the cruel slavers, refusing to be objectified and victimized because of their gender and upbringing. Even more difficult, Jacky must work with her archenemy, the snobbish Clarissa. Jacky forever belongs on the sea, and her classy girly friends forced into her world makes certainly for an exciting, interesting and dynamic adventure. And not in the least because Clarissa, a slaver owner, is treated like those she oppresses, and--even more so--because the girls a forced to see another side of life, a horrible version of what awaits them due to their position in society as pretty, well-behaved dolls set up for marriage. Amazing, amusing, exciting tale may not be the strongest in the series, but it is still a fantastically strong and unabashed (though dramatic and adventurous) look at the historical period (with sly contemporary literary references), bawdy, violent, threatening, baudy, dangerous, realistic, and with incredible characters; from the beloved, admirable, clever, and wonderful heroes to the dastardly, horrific villains, and all those in-between. Jacky is the perfect heroine for all women, and one of the greatest characters of all literature. Grade: A+
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