Bloody Jack

Bloody Jack

Being An Account Of The Curious Adventures Of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy

eBook - 2002
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Reduced to begging and thievery in the streets of London, a thirteen-year-old orphan disguises herself as a boy and connives her way onto a British warship set for high sea adventure in search of pirates.
Publisher: San Diego :, Harcourt,, 2002.
Characteristics: text file,rda
1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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Cheryl_JHL Jun 02, 2017

Jacky is a plucky character who won my heart with her wry pragmatism.

Note: I hear the audio version is even better, thanks to a fantastic narration.

The books are now in Young Adult as there are a few scenes in there that bump it over the line from the "clean reads" category. Most of it is coming of age content regarding bodies and sexuality, but there is an attempted rape, a couple violent deaths and some harassment (I'd say the content is a bit "earthy," but not right down in the dirt). Really, nothing here is unexpected for the context of a 1700's royal ship: perspectives (adults lecturing ship boys excessively on the sin of sodomy so they'll stay away from dark corners of the ship, etc.), incidents (attempted rape, a murder, fighting), etc.

The book is rated 12+ - but I'd say maybe better for 13+. I keep in the back of my mind, that generally what troubles an adult about YA content often flies right past the younger reader.

I'm looking forward to the next one. The character is too much fun not to follow up!

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BookHaven
Feb 08, 2017

This is my favorite young adult series of all time. The protagonist, Jacky, is just so funny and the adventures are never dull. Up until as late as three in the morning I sat just to finish it. Work next day rather owl eyed, but oh, the adventure! Each book gets better and better. The second in the series, The Curse of the Blue Tattoo is my favorite! Yes, friends this is not for the ultra conservative reader. That's very true as others have noted. That's fine. I have my fun and they have theirs. It's just that I am having more fun. When L.A. Meyer suddenly passed away a few years ago I just sat down and cried. He was the best. He lives on in Jacky, his literary daughter. Sir, wherever your travels have taken you I salute you! You are one awesome author. We fans miss you. Darn it all, I miss you too.

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cratos_013
Jul 17, 2016

This is a great book! It shows a new side of a girl in the 1800s.

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indigo_fox_109
Jun 01, 2016

would NOT recommend this book for anyone looking for a fun, clean sea adventure. just saying.

vpl_childrens Dec 09, 2015

A street urchin disguises herself as a ships boy and recasts her life as Jacky Faber. Rip-roaring adventure on the high seas is only the beginning of this ongoing series about a super strong girl who any one would want to be friends with. There is literally never a dull moment with Jacky around!

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blue_bear_910
Jul 26, 2014

It is a good book.

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banana200
Feb 16, 2013

lv this book :)

lesliee Nov 15, 2012

The 12 and UP is highly recomended. This is not a story for the faint of heart. Although not as grizzly as an adult novel would be, it is still graphic in its descriptions of death and "salty seamens ways".

Elizabeth_L_W Nov 07, 2012

I was NOT very fond of this book in the least! It started great, I liked it but then at about the middle of the book it got all weird and nasty. Not a kids or YA read I would recommend to parents for their children!

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smm10
Jul 15, 2012

A must read series! Couldn't put it down. I have now read almost all the books that are out and can't wait for more!

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vv1 Mar 12, 2015

vv1 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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JackyFaber1234
Dec 20, 2011

JackyFaber1234 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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R1U2N3
Dec 03, 2011

R1U2N3 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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jackmane
Sep 17, 2011

jackmane thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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erkie
Aug 09, 2011

erkie thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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FireyXin
Jul 25, 2011

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New_Rose
Jun 16, 2010

New_Rose thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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cratos_013
Jul 17, 2016

After escaping from life on the streets of London, Little Mary Disguises as a boy, Jacky and prepares herself for life on the waves. She heads aboard the HMS Dolphin, a British Warship as ships boy. Her adventures are just beginning in this first of 12 books as she struggles to maintain her deception and attempts to keep on good terms with her fellow ships boys.

vpl_childrens Aug 15, 2014

A street urchin disguises herself as a ships boy and recasts her life as Jacky Faber. Rip-roaring adventure on the high seas is only the beginning of this ongoing series about a super strong girl who any one would want to be friends with. There is literally never a dull moment with Jacky around!

whiteshadow13 Nov 20, 2012

Reduced to begging and thievery in the streets of London, a thirteen-year-old orphan disguises herself as a boy and connives her way onto a British warship set for high sea adventure in search of pirates.

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jackmane
Aug 30, 2011

A book about a girl who is orphaned and her family taken away from her. She lives with other orphans under a bridge. She wants more, so she gets on a ship called the dolphin. Disguised as a boy she has some trouble hidding that shes a girl. She gets into battle does some fighting and falls for a guy. Funny and interesting, a good read.

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cratos_013
Jul 18, 2016

"I waren't never meant to be a lady" ~Mary "Jacky" Faber (J. M. Faber)

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Ashpreet_Thind
Mar 20, 2012

“A girl that's born for hangin' ain't likely to be drowned.” ~ Mary "Jacky" Faber

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