Meyer, better known as L. Meyer, the best-selling author of the popular Jacky Faber young adult adventure book series, died July 29 at his home in the Hancock County town of Corea after a long battle with lymphoma. He was The show had featured British and Celtic folk songs about girls who dressed up as men in order to get aboard a sailing ship. She just wants to keep her head down when the firing starts.
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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Bloody Jack by L. Bloody Jack Bloody Jack 1 by L. Gone are the days of scavenging for food and fighting for survival on the streets of eighteenth-century London.
Instead, Jacky is becoming a skilled and respected sailor as the crew pursues pirates on the high seas. There's only one problem: Jacky is a girl. And she will have to use every bit of her spirit, wit, and courage to keep the crew from discovering her secret.
This could be the adventure of her life--if only she doesn't get caught. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Bloody Jack 1. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Bloody Jack , please sign up. Can someone give a proper book synopsis without spoilers please? Jamie Dacyczyn A girl living on the streets of London disguises herself as a boy in order to join the crew of a Royal Navy ship.
High seas adventure abound. Why is it called Bloody Jack? Jtomassetti In British English from the mid s to the the adjective "bloody" was considered to be strongly obscene like the F-word is now. However, more r …more In British English from the mid s to the the adjective "bloody" was considered to be strongly obscene like the F-word is now.
However, more recently the word "bloody" has become a comparatively mild expletive or intensifier. So around the s when this book is set, it was a very salty word that might be common among sailors. But also Jack's clothes end up covered in blood at certain points in the book. See all 8 questions about Bloody Jack…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Bloody Jack Bloody Jack, 1.
The audio version helps interpret the dialect that the story is written in, which also helps give Jacky her character in a palpable way. This book is made for audio - it has action, adventure, and emotion, all of which are vividly portrayed by the narrator I forget her name right now, but I'll look it up. All this adds up to a fabulous audiobook that should win fans whenever it is popped into a CD player.
The story is a rip-snorter, too. Mary is a poor orphan living on the streets when she decides to take the only talent she has, the ability to read, and to sign on to a ship. Disguised as a boy, she is able to transform into Jacky and to pull off the deception for several years even while living in close quarters on a British naval vessel. She has courage, even though she doesn't think she is brave. She has sass and a toughness that keeps her going under dire circumstances.
View all 16 comments. Holly Munson I totally agree. What a fun book to listen to! I was totally pulled into the story and enjoyed every minute. I am far from a YA, but that did not stop I totally agree. I am far from a YA, but that did not stop me from appreciating the language, the style and the story.
Bill Mock This book is so much fun and the narration just takes it over the top Jun 03, AM. Oct 12, Debbie rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: historical fiction; mystery; action adventures all in one. I loved this book. From School Library Journal Grade With the plague running rampant in London in , Mary's parents and sister are soon counted among the dead.
Left alone and penniless, the eight-year-old is taken in by a gang of orphans and learns survival skills. However, when their leader is killed, Mary decides to try her luck elsewhere. She strips the dead body, cuts her hair, renames herself Jack Fabe I loved this book. She strips the dead body, cuts her hair, renames herself Jack Faber, and is soon employed as a ship's boy on the HMS Dolphin. When the vessel sees its first skirmish with a pirate ship, her bravery saves her friend Jaimy and earns her the nickname "Bloody Jack.
Readers see how she changes her disguise based on her own physical changes and handles the "call of nature," her first experiences with maturation, and the dangers to boys from unscrupulous crew members. The protagonist's vocabulary, her appearance and demeanor, and her desire to be one of the boys and do everything they do without complaint complete the deception. This story also shows a welcome slant to this genre with an honorable, albeit strict Captain, and ship's mates who are willing and able teachers.
If readers are looking for a rousing, swashbuckling tale of pirates and adventures on the high seas, this title falls short. However, it is a good story of a brave ship's "boy" with natural leadership abilities and a sense of fair play and humanity. View all 3 comments. Mary Faber, a young guttersnipe living in eighteenth-century London, cuts her hair, pulls on some pants, and signs up as a ship's boy on the HMS Dolphin.
On board, "Jacky" Faber soon acquires a reputation as a brave and fearless pirate-fighter. It's a grand adventure for both Mary, and the reader. Though much of the book is taken up with Mary's efforts to camouflage her femininity, AND her struggle to hide her feelings for another ship's boy, there's plenty of action and treachery to keep things Mary Faber, a young guttersnipe living in eighteenth-century London, cuts her hair, pulls on some pants, and signs up as a ship's boy on the HMS Dolphin.
Though much of the book is taken up with Mary's efforts to camouflage her femininity, AND her struggle to hide her feelings for another ship's boy, there's plenty of action and treachery to keep things interesting. I'm curious about the next chapter in Mary's life, so I plan to continue with this series.
Jul 21, Gina Weibel rated it it was amazing Shelves: adults-will-enjoy , teen-youth. This book is about as much fun as Harry Potter I found it to be an engaging read with a novel setting and story line for me. I'm so happy I picked up on the series! Sep 07, Wanda rated it liked it Shelves: read-in , book-club , pirates-arrr , young-adult.
As the quote above illustrates, there is a bit of commentary on the role of women during this time period. The basic plot is quite liberating for Jacky—she impersona 3.
The basic plot is quite liberating for Jacky—she impersonates a boy and gets herself a job. However, Jacky spends more time than necessary, in my opinion, bawling and dripping snot. You could make my dad cry fairly easily, but Mom was the Iron Lady. She believed in crying in private, on your own, not in public for all the neighbours to see.
Jan 24, Sarah rated it liked it. I completely loved the first half of this book. I loved Mary, I was totally enthralled by her experience on the streets of London and then on the ship and the whole thing was written in such a compelling voice that I really did not want to put it down.
But then came the romance, which made Mary quite silly, and the book kind of lost me. Don't get me wrong, I like romance, often even the dumb ones, but I felt like this particular romance really made Mary seem much less interesting and much more w I completely loved the first half of this book.
I'll likely read the next book in the series, but I'm not nearly as excited about it as I was, and if it continues on this vein, it'll likely be the last one I read. Apr 13, Samrat rated it really liked it Shelves: europe , fiction , gender , history , ya. Excellent story!
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It is centered on an orphaned girl in London in the early 19th century. After losing her entire family to disease, eight-year-old Mary Faber joins a gang of orphans led by Rooster Charlie, whom she looks up to as a brother. One day, after stealing some bread, Mary stumbles across Charlie's corpse and realizes that he's been murdered. Donning his clothes, she assumes the identity of "Jack" and joins the crew of HMS Dolphin as a ship's boy. While serving aboard the Dolphin , she kills a pirate during an attack on an enemy ship. As a mark of honor, her shipmates give her the nickname "Bloody Jack". After Charlie is murdered by a grave robber, she disguises herself as a boy and seeks passage on the Dolphin , a man of war tasked with hunting pirates.