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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle (1990)

by Avi

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As the lone "young lady" on a transatlantic voyage in 1832, Charlotte learns that the captain is murderous and the crew rebellious.
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    Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (Caramellunacy)
    Caramellunacy: In both, the protagonist sets out to sea and must show great courage to rectify a grievous mistake that exposes themselves and the crew to great danger. Both excellent reads for the nautically-minded.
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    Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy by L. A. Meyer (Caramellunacy, la_librarian)
    Caramellunacy: Both of these adventure stories are about a strong girl proving her worth on board a sailing ship. Charlotte shows the crew her mettle despite the fact that she's a girl, and Jacky disguises herself as a boy to escape detection. Both are great stories for those who love nautical stories.… (more)
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    Sarah Bishop by Scott O'Dell (SadieReads)
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    Pirates! by Celia Rees (espertus)
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    The Secret Journey by Peg Kehret (HollyMS)
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    The Escape From Home by Avi (nocowardsoul)
    nocowardsoul: Charlotte and Laurence are pretty similar.
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    Pirate Soul by Pat Croce (meggyweg)
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    Nothing But The Truth by Avi (gilberts)
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    Moby Dick by Herman Melville (meggyweg)
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    The Giver by Lois Lowry (SadieReads)
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A well- written tale of adventure on the high seas. If you are a history lover and a fan of adventure, this book is for you! ( )
  Chrissylou62 | Aug 1, 2020 |
As a child reading this novel, two things struck me immediately. First, and I realize how superficial this is now, but it still holds true, was the look on Charlotte's face on the cover-- Her sense of daring, of adventure, of going out to sea on this voyage and not knowing how it will end... so accurately painted in her features..(which in reading, made this more apparent.)There was attraction to the the contrast of uncertainty of the empty seas and the full sense of freedom in her eyes.

The second thing was how brave this girl was in the book. Being young, cast unto a ship full of grown gritty sailor types, and being so bold as to become "one of them" at the end... Spontaneous, freeing.. The writing style conveys the emotions very well for such a book.

Haven't read it since, not sure how it holds up these days, but good memories there. ( )
  CurioCollective | Jun 25, 2020 |
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle was a good book. It truly grasped my attention. This book took place in the 1830s so I thought it was kind of crazy. She had to climb up a mast roughly 150 feet high. Considering she doesn't do much work as a rich girl and can climb up that far I was taken by surprise. What happened on that ship is probably one of the scariest things that could happen to someone on a ship without dying. I'm surprised she didn't just stay home after finally coming back. She sneaked out of the house and onto the ship. Truly strange for that age and time.
Charlotte was a young girl with 2 siblings and rich, sophisticated parents. This book took place in 1832 on a ship called the Seahawk. Charlotte was meant to be on the ship with 2 other families but they both had to cancel. She soon will realize they didn't cancel because they wanted to, they canceled because the crew wanted it. After boarding she met a black man, fairly old, named Zachariah. This man became her friend nearly instantly. Soon she started talking with the captain, whom told her to tell him if she ever saw a round robin. This is what the crew signs when they are feeling they should rebel against the captain. She soon discovers one and reports it to the captain. One man was killed while Zachariah was whipped. The crew pretended he died and threw him into the sea. Eventually Charlotte joined the crew and proved herself worthy by claiming up a 150 foot mast and coming down. Eventually the captain framed Charlotte of murder and tried to kill her. He went overboard and downed. Soon Charlotte was reunited with her family. She didn't like the sophisticated life and sneaked away to join Zachariah back on the Seahawk.
  KLawrence.ELA4 | May 18, 2020 |
Always recommend, this is THE BOOK that turned me into a reader ( )
  BibliaNocturnus | Apr 20, 2020 |
I was forced to read this in the 6th grade and I couldn't stand Charlotte Doyle and the sheer unbelievability that this loser 12 year old participated in a mutiny and became the captain of a ship. ( )
  Faith_Murri | Dec 9, 2019 |
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Not every thirteen-year-old girl is accused of murder, brought to trial, and found guilty.
Just before dusk in the late afternoon of June 16, 1832, I found myself walking along the crowded docks of Liverpool, England, following a man by the name of Grummage.
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But when a ship is upon the sea, there's but one who rules. As God is to his people, as king to his nation, as father to his family, so is captain to his crew. Sheriff. Judge and jury. He is all. (page 34)
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Taking place in Liverpool in 1832, Charlotte Doyle is about to board a ship called the Seahawk where she is accompanied by Mr. Grummage. Despite her gut feeling and what others have told her about the sea, she boards the ship ready to start her adventure. However, things make a turn for the worst when a crew member is killed on board - with Charlotte's knife. Will she be able to make a case for herself and her innocence?
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