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Shiver me timbers! Bloody Jack is back and this time, shes facing a situation far worse than a ship full of murderous pirates. Curse of the Blue Tattoo, L.A. Meyers sequel to the enormously popular Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ships Boy is just as bawdy and entertaining as the original. Left in Boston by the H.M.S. Dolphin crew when they discover her true sex, Jacky Faber finds herself navigating entirely new waters. It turns out that bloodthirsty buccaneers have nothing on the young ladies at the Lawson Peabody School! As Jacky observes, " theyre like any bunch of thirty or so cats thrown in a sack and shaken up good. Theyre mean in ways that boys never even thought of being." It isnt long before Jacky shows her true colors by being arrested for "exposing a Female Part" (her knee) while jigging in the streets and is "busted down" to serving girl instead of student. Jacky soldiers on, getting herself into scrapes that her darling beau midshipman Jaimy Fletcher couldnt even begin to imagine, including uncovering a shady ministers evil secret and fixing a horse race with voodoo. And where in the world is seafaring Jaimy? As her letters to him continue to go unanswered, Jacky grows more and more worried. Still, at books end she takes an assignment as "ladys companion" to the captains wife aboard a whaler headed for London. Astute readers will notice that the whalers crabby captain has a peg leg and wont be surprised if in the next Bloody Jack Adventure, Jacky ends up hunting the great white whale!
Utterly engaging and incredibly well-paced,Curse of the Blue Tattoo is the very best kind of historical fiction: the kind that wont leave teens snoring. Meyer effortlessly maintains Jackys sassy voice and conflicted conscience in what is shaping up to be a great series. While many readers will groan with despair as Jacky sets off yet again at the end of the book, they will also sigh with relief that they will most likely be meeting her again! --Jennifer Hubert --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Grade 8 Up–In this sequel to Bloody Jack (Harcourt, 2002), Meyer continues the adventures of the wild and wanton Jacky, who sailed aboard HMS Dolphinas a crewmemberuntil it was discovered that he was really a girl. Here, she must leave her true love, Jaimy, when she is put ashore in Boston for a new start at an elite girls' school. She describes her snobbish classmates and the failed attempts of the headmistress to make a lady out of her. A natural show-off, Jacky loves to play her pennywhistle and dance on the streets. When she is arrested and jailed for showing some knee, she is demoted to serving girl. She hooks up with a drunken violin player to perform in taverns to earn money to get back to England and her Jaimy. With her propensity for plunging headfirst into trouble, the irrepressible Jacky rolls quickly from one adventure to another. As the story ends, she signs onto a whaler bound for England, leaving an opening for a third volume. Meyer does an excellent job of conveying life in Boston in 1803, particularly the rights, or lack thereof, of women. Jacky's headstrong certainty that she's in control and her cocky first-person account make her a memorable heroine. The narrative is full of lecherous men, and Jacky herself is free in her ways. This fact and the sometimes-strong language make this book more appropriate for older readers. Sure to please fans of the first title, this adventure-packed historical novel also stands on its own.–Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, ME
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Why has there not been a movie made of this yet? Jacky's adventures and narrow escapes are fantastic and she continues to amaze with her antics. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Capt Bill
Read these books and then read them again. They're that good. They leave you wanting morePublished 17 days ago by Jordan Wass
Normally I don't enjoy stories like this, but when you compound it Katherine Kellgren's audio narration it's hard to stop. Read morePublished 3 months ago by gemste
This is series is so fun to read. So much excitement and the heroine is so resourceful that it keeps you guessing. Read Blue Tattoo and keep going with all the others!!!Published 4 months ago by tutusherry
I really enjoyed this book. Jacky is by no means a damsel in distress--she acknowledges that many of her predicaments are her own fault and she is willing to admit her own flaws,... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Char