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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle (1990)

by Avi

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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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    Women Sailors and Sailors' Women: An Untold Maritime History by David Cordingly (nocowardsoul)
    nocowardsoul: An excellent account of real women sailors, pirates, and others
  5. 10
    Pirates! by Celia Rees (espertus)
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    The Escape From Home by Avi (nocowardsoul)
    nocowardsoul: Charlotte and Laurence are pretty similar.
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    Nothing But The Truth by Avi (gilberts)
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    Pirate Soul by Pat Croce (meggyweg)
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    The Secret Journey by Peg Kehret (HollyMS)
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    Moby Dick by Herman Melville (meggyweg)
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    The Giver by Lois Lowry (SadieReads)
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RGG: A great adventure read! So well-written. Powerful characterization. Especially strong female character. But historical fiction with predominately white characters. Reading Interest: 10-13.
  rgruberexcel | Apr 11, 2019 |
RGG: A great adventure read! So well-written. Powerful characterization. Especially strong female character. But historical fiction with predominately white characters. Reading Interest: 10-13.
  rgruberexcel | Apr 11, 2019 |
Very exciting! ( )
  cougargirl1967 | Apr 10, 2019 |
Summary: The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle is about a girl named Charlotte Doyle on a journey to make it back home. While she's on her journey, she's mistreated by the caption and others on the boat. Charlotte had no choice but to become one of the members of the ship.

Personal summary: This story is full of conflict, journeys, relationships, love, and a trial for murder. I would recommend this novel for middle school students.
  courtneytosto | Sep 29, 2018 |
There have been nearly a dozen different covers for this book, and none of them really made me want to read it. I finally did, just because it was a Newbery Honor book. And I loved it.
The time is 1832. The book is divided into two nearly equal parts. In the first part, Charlotte Doyle, 13, has finished her year of school in England, where she has been attending for some years, and is returning home to Rhode Island by ship, alone. Her father arranged for her to travel on a specific voyage, which would have a couple of families with children also traveling. But Charlotte arrives on the dock to discover that both of the families have backed out of the trip, and she is to cross the Atlantic, an unchaperoned 13 year old girl, aboard a ship captained by an unpopular master, and operated by a crew of 10 or so mutinous sailors. She quickly attaches herself to the Captain, as the only gentleman on board. When she discovers the crew is planning a mutiny, she dutifully reports this to the captain.
It is difficult to go further without significant spoilers. While Part 1 of the book is interesting, Part 2 is exciting and action packed. Charlotte comes of age on the voyage, and not at all in the manner that she or her family would ever have expected.
Regardless of how slowly or quickly you read, plan your reading so that you can finish the second half of the book in a single sitting. ( )
  fingerpost | Aug 7, 2018 |
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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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A vicious captain, a mutinous crew --
and a young girl caught in the middle

Not every thirteen-year-old girl is accused of murder, brought to trial, and found guilty. But I was just such a girl, and my story is worth relating even if it did happen years ago. Be warned, however: If strong ideas and action offend you, read no more. Find another companion to share your idle hours. For my part I intend to tell the truth as I lived it.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:16:31 -0400)

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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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