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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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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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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: 8.3 x 5.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,452 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Jackie Faber does it again...this is the continuing story of our hapless heroine. I really liked the first two installments but I am thinking that twelve books about a fifteen year old girl among the sea faring brotherhood is going to "jump the shark" pretty soon. I hope that it doesn't but then do I care enough to keep buying the books...I think I will wait and see.
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The fourth book in what I consider to be one of the best historical fiction series ever written. Additionally, of all 11 books currently out [and I must admit, while owning Boston Jacky, I haven't gotten around to reading it yet at the time of this review], this one is my favorite. To go into why would be spoilerific.

Usually, I'm interested solely in fiction, and at that I am usually further limited to fantasy, urban fantasy, and science fiction. I was reluctant when my friend lent me her book and said it was good... but fantasy without magic? How good could it really be?

The answer is amazing. The only reason this review hasn't been out sooner is me bothering to get my own digital copies of the books.
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...and as I mentioned in my review of 'Bloody Jack,' Jacky Faber is by far the most endearing young heroine I've come across since Scout Finch in 'To Kill a Mockingbird.'

Anyway, after finishing that excellent first book in this series, I was hooked...Ordered the next four books that same day - 'Curse of the Blue Tattoo,' 'Under the Jolly Roger,' 'In the Belly of the Bloodhound,' and 'Mississippi Jack.'

'Bloodhound' arrived yesterday, which was awesome shipping, but...I tried to hold out, I really did, for 'Blue Tattoo' to arrive, as I wanted to read the books in order. So last night I pick up 'Bloodhound' - just for a few pages, I tell myself - and the next thing I know it's 10:30 this morning and my 'few pages' had become 515.

It helped that I had read Amazon's free preview of the second book, as many of the characters in 'Bloodhound' first appeared in 'Blue Tattoo'...Meyer does a fine job here of fleshing out his supporting cast (especially Clarissa), and even brings back some familiar names from the past. And Jacky? She has grown up some, without losing any of her charm and sass.

So now I shall watch my mailbox, and hope the right book arrives next.
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