The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle Author:Avi 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 ... more »companion to share your idle hours. For my part I intend to tell the truth as I lived it.
This was my favorite book when I was 12. I would recomend it. It is a great story of a strong young woman thrown into a crazy circumstance. She begins a well bred young lady and a passenger on a sailing vessel going across the Atlantic. By the end, she is a completly different woman.
The book does appear to be a good period piece about the nautical life during the 1830's. However, I was disappointed in the way the story ended and the protagonist's ultimate deceit and decision. I felt the author was injecting a modern radical feminist viewpoint into the past, and the plot near the end just seemed very implausible.
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READING LEVEL given under "Book Information" is incorrect. This story is NOT for ages 4-8. GRADES 4-8 would be more accurate. Details of crew life aboard an 18th-century ship, mutiny, cruelty, executions - not the stuff for ages 4-8.
I'd recommend this YA novel for anyone who loved Pirates of the Caribbean - it has similiar air of nautical adventure with a 'not-too-unwholesome' air about it.... 13-year-old Charlotte Doyle, through mischance, ends up as the only passenger (and only woman) on a ship bound from England to Providence, RI (my hometown!) If that wasn't scandal enough, the ship is bound for mutiny, and Charlotte is caught between the cruel gentleman captain and the unsavory - but possibly more honest - crewmen. A fun light read!