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Curse of the Blue Tattoo: Being an Account of the Misadventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman and Fine Lady (Bloody Jack Adventures)

by Meyer, L. A.

Publisher:HMH Books for Young Readers



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Shiver me timbers! Bloody Jack is back and this time, shes facing a situation far worse than a ship full of murderous pirates. Curse of the Blue Tattoo, L.A. Meyers sequel to the enormously popular Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ships Boy is just as bawdy and entertaining as the original. Left in Boston by the H.M.S. Dolphin crew when they discover her true sex, Jacky Faber finds herself navigating entirely new waters. It turns out that bloodthirsty buccaneers have nothing on the young ladies at the Lawson Peabody School! As Jacky observes, "&theyre like any bunch of thirty or so cats thrown in a sack and shaken up good. Theyre mean in ways that boys never even thought of being." It isnt long before Jacky shows her true colors by being arrested for "exposing a Female Part" (her knee) while jigging in the streets and is "busted down" to serving girl instead of student. Jacky soldiers on, getting herself into scrapes that her darling beau midshipman Jaimy Fletcher couldnt even begin to imagine, including uncovering a shady ministers evil secret and fixing a horse race with voodoo. And where in the world is seafaring Jaimy? As her letters to him continue to go unanswered, Jacky grows more and more worried. Still, at books end she takes an assignment as "ladys companion" to the captains wife aboard a whaler headed for London. Astute readers will notice that the whalers crabby captain has a peg leg and wont be surprised if in the next Bloody Jack Adventure, Jacky ends up hunting the great white whale!

Utterly engaging and incredibly well-paced,Curse of the Blue Tattoo is the very best kind of historical fiction: the kind that wont leave teens snoring. Meyer effortlessly maintains Jackys sassy voice and conflicted conscience in what is shaping up to be a great series. While many readers will groan with despair as Jacky sets off yet again at the end of the book, they will also sigh with relief that they will most likely be meeting her again! --Jennifer Hubert

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