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Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber
Author L. A. Meyer
Released in 2002
What an amazing beginning to the epic tale of Mary "Jacky" Faber. Mary was orphaned at a young age and turned out into the rough streets of late 18th century London where she learns to beg and steal asÂ a member ofÂ street gang. Meyer tells the story of how JackyÂ survivesÂ the streets of London and finds herself enlisted in the British Royal Navy as a Ship's Boy onÂ the Man-O-War HMS Dolphin.
Bloody Jack is a story about a remarkable girl growing up facingÂ some unusualÂ challenges and how she helps and is helped by her friends. It has pirates, adventure, suspense and evenÂ a love story.Â Meyer paints a detailed picture of the places Jacky visitsÂ writing the dialogue in theÂ colorful slangÂ used by the residents of London and British sailors in the late 1700's.Â One of Jacky's biggest concerns is maintainingÂ herÂ ship's boy disguise as herÂ body starts to mature. This part of the story is handled gracefully and sometimes comically but does effect who the audience should be. Some reviews place the target audience as lowÂ asÂ 5th grade, butÂ I would start theÂ audience around 13. ThisÂ book is as enjoyable for adults as it is for the children so I would not put an upperÂ age limit onÂ potential readers.Â
Meyer has written a total of 5 Bloody Jack Adventures so far.Â When you finish Bloody Jack you should have a copy of the next book nearby.
Â SoÂ far I haveÂ read the first four novels in this series and I am working on the fifth.Â The entire series is outstanding. ItÂ has great entertainment value forÂ youngÂ readersÂ and adults alike. When I finished the fourth book, "InÂ the Belly of the Bloodhound" I immediately grabbed the fifth novel, "Mississippi Jack". I would suggestÂ purchasing these together. You will be veryÂ frustrated if you have to wait even a few hours between these books.Â
The series so far