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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Bloody Jack Adventures (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Second Edition edition (January 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152054596
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152054595
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #250,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Shiver me timbers! Bloody Jack is back and this time, she’s facing a situation far worse than a ship full of murderous pirates. Curse of the Blue Tattoo, L.A. Meyer’s sequel to the enormously popular Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship’s 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, "…they’re like any bunch of thirty or so cats thrown in a sack and shaken up good. They’re mean in ways that boys never even thought of being." It isn’t 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 couldn’t even begin to imagine, including uncovering a shady minister’s 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 book’s end she takes an assignment as "lady’s companion" to the captain’s wife aboard a whaler headed for London. Astute readers will notice that the whaler’s crabby captain has a peg leg and won’t 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 won’t leave teens snoring. Meyer effortlessly maintains Jacky’s 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.

From School Library Journal

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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Customer Reviews

In my opinon, it was a very interesting book, and a good read.
Lynette R. Fountain
Meyer's second book in the Bloody Jack series might even be better than the first (and I loved the first one).
N. Mendoza
The story leaves you wanting to read the next book, so you can follow Jacky through her next adventure.
W. Jensen

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 8, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Curse of the Blue Tattoo continues the adventures of Jacky Faber after she is sent from the HMS Dolphin after her true gender is disclosed. Jacky is forced to leave her love, Jaimy for a boarding school in Boston, where she is taken to become a "lady".

Jacky soon, on one of her secret trips out of school, shows her knee while dancing for a group of sailors. She is arrested and sent back to her school in disgrace. Miss Pimm, the headmistress demotes Jacky to a serving girl.

Jacky's exploits continue, including many trips to her friend Amy's farm, a murderous Reverend, and entertaining at an inn. Her numerous adventures kept me reading late at night, and although I cannot promise that it will interest you, I would highly recommend this book (after reading its prequel, Bloody Jack).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on July 8, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Let me tell you something: Creating a sequel to such a great book like "Bloody Jack", is a hard task. But, Mr. Meyer has done it, and he has done it very well. Although the second book does not have as much action as the first, it has just as good of a plot, story and theme. When i found out Mr. Meyer was to make a sequel, i asked myself, "How can he write a sequel and not have the same story line? Obviously she cannot hide the fact that she is a girl any longer, which means she cannot sail the seas. How will Mr. Meyer accomplish the task of writing a second chapter in the Bloody Jack tales? And if he does, will he be succesful?"
The Answer is, yes, this story is equally good, no, equally GREAT as the first one. Nice work Mr. Meyer.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By The Lady Washington on October 14, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is one of the best books for young adults (and up!) to come around for a long time. Though the plot is, at times, not exceptionally unique, Jacky's plucky narrative voice smooths all ruffles. At the end of "Bloody Jack," the prequel to "Curse," autor L.A. Meyer left our heroine standing on a dock in Boston, waiting to be taken to finishing school. This book picks up precisely where the last left off, and as we might expect, Jacky does not even begin to fit in with the priveleged, proper girls at Mistress Pimm's School for Fine Young Ladies. Woven into the story line is a disguised suicide that turns out to be an unsolved murder, a strained young love, and of course, heaping helpings of Jacky's charming wit and innocent naivete that we loved from the first book. (This one's even better.) The ending is a big surprise, even though in hindsight we realize we should've been expecting it - and until that point, you won't be able to put it down. Well worth the read!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By N. Mendoza on June 7, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I just finished Curse of the Blue Tattoo- I couldn't put it down. Meyer's second book in the Bloody Jack series might even be better than the first (and I loved the first one). The story moves quickly, I could not predict what would happen next. I don't to give anything away (I hate reviews that give away major plot points)- suffice to say that there were parts of the book that made my heart pound (and that doesn't happen very often). I am 28 years old and do not delve into the young adult category for reading very often. Curse of the Blue Tattoo is a great read for anyone, regardless of age- When's the movie coming out??
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Lee on December 2, 2011
Format: Paperback
As a mother who screens everything her 12-year-old daughter reads, I am always excited to come across a book or start to a new series where I don't have to pre-set my mind to how a 12-year-old would enjoy it and appreciate it on that level. Good writers write for the child - but I would think great writers write for both the adult and the child. L.A. Meyer's "Bloody Jack" series is an excellent example of great writing based on that criterion alone. More exciting and cheeky than the "Cat Royal" series (by the very excellent Julia Golding) and set at a faster pace than Robert Louis Stevenson's "Treasure Island", it's funny, Dickensian in parts and can be enjoyed by ... Well, okay, I'd say PG-13, except I know said daughter's level of maturity! We also love the links to the songs provided on the web site. I know I'm biased, but it really takes a British writer (C.S. Forester, Charles Gidley, and, now, L.A. Meyer) to write about sailing adventures across the Seven Seas! Below is said daughter's review of the second book in the series - so, so glad the series is available on Kindle!

"The book, `Jacky Faber and the Curse of the Blue Tattoo' by L.A. Meyer was much better than `Bloody Jack', the first book in the series.

"Jacky has survived London gangs, sickness, being a ship boy in disguise, being captured by pirates, being hanged and more. She has killed two men, fallen in love and watched friends die. But can Bloody Jack survive learning how to be a fine lady? Top it off with learning how to embroider, ride a horse, solve a mystery of a murdered girl, getting into jail, winning a horse race, becoming an actress and you have yet another adventure Jacky Faber never intended to have.

"My favorite part was when Jacky smacked Amy's new horse for biting her.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By H. S. Wedekind VINE VOICE on October 14, 2005
Format: Paperback
I came late to the adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, having picked up BLOODY JACK just a few weeks ago, which I think is good. Good because after reading the fine first Bloody Jack novel, I discovered that there are two more novels featuring the intrepid, mischievous, and totally engaging Miss Faber. In CURSE OF THE BLUE TATTOO, Jacky finds herself trying to fit in among the young ladies at Mistress Pimm's School. Just as adventurous and full of pitfalls a place as the HMS Dolphin was...only with a meaner set of shipmates, so to speak. I can't help but comparing the misadventures of Jacky with those of Harry Flashman in George MacDonald Fraser's wonderful and humorous series. Of course, Jacky is not the cad Flashy is. Thank goodness. She's a good girl who just happens to find trouble everywhere she goes and is misunderstood by just about everyone she meets. That said, I have just begun reading UNDER THE JOLLY ROGER (Book #3 of the Bloody Jack Adventures). For those of you interested in learning more about Jacky and author L. A. Meyer, go to jackyfaber.com.
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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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