Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary Jacky Faber, Ship's Boy

Paperback | June 15, 2004

byL. A. Meyer

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Life as a ship's boy aboard HMS Dolphin is a dream come true for Jacky Faber. 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. . . .

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Life as a ship's boy aboard HMS Dolphin is a dream come true for Jacky Faber. 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 ....

L. A. Meyer (1942-2014) was the acclaimed writer of the Bloody Jack Adventure series, which follows the exploits of an impetuous heroine who has fought her way up from the squalid streets of London to become an adventurer of the highest order. Mr. Meyer was an art teacher, an illustrator, a designer, a naval officer, and a gallery owne...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 7 × 4.5 × 0.83 inPublished:June 15, 2004Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:015205085x

ISBN - 13:9780152050856

Appropriate for ages: 12

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely A Must Read! As the first book in this series it grabs you from the first second. A young orphan fighting with her pals against the world moving that onto the sea, keeping the biggest secret of all or potentially face death. I would recommend this book and really the rest of the series to anyone who loves the sea, nautical stories, or just feels intrigued by the life style of people in this time period its a must read for anyone!
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Too much adventure in this book She did everything from bull riding modeling to reading tarot cards. But she's heading back to Boston. She's done more in three yes then most people have done in 70 yrs..,.
Date published: 2013-06-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good OK adventure. Again this girl has nine lives plus more. Great intro for introducing China into the story line, but not crazy about the rapid creation of Jamie character of highway man. Lot of romance in this. Good start to making Joannie the copy of Jacky Faber.
Date published: 2013-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kobo Fails Horribly @ Print Transfer Amazing book, but I was horridly disappointed with the ridiculous number of text transfer errors. Whoever did the exchange over from the book print to digital copy did an absolutely crappy job at parts. Several times the main character "Jacky" is misspelled again and again as "Tacky" - and that's just one example of the multitude of errors found throughout the Kobo copy of this book...
Date published: 2013-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good read For a 16 yrs old. A lot of travelling and the best diver of today and never meeting up with any under water animal - luck I guess.
Date published: 2013-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another good novel The author did a good job of making a 16 yr old girl smart as a teacher, doctor,diver every aspect of life that takes a normal person at least 50 yrs to accomplish. Good thing the author keeps mentioning her age throughout the book. The adventures are fantastic though.
Date published: 2013-05-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting book Still not sure what travelling down the Mississippi river has do to with Jacky taking over raft and commanding it as a ship has to with anything, but the tales were alright.
Date published: 2013-04-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good but... It was all good and and it made me laugh constantly, but i felt like it was missing something. Probably i expected more. Still, it's worth reading and i hope L. A. Meyer will bring us some more in the next installment. Finished in 2 days
Date published: 2013-01-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Fabulous Nautical Tale I'm a huge fan of nautical tales and unfortunately female protaganists aren't very common in this sea fairing tales. I quite enjoyed this novel because the main character pretends to be a boy and spends much time trying to protect her secret and eventually falls in love with a fellow ship's boy Jaimy Fletcher. This is quite awkward because Jaimy has feelings for Jacky but thinks she's a boy as does everyone else. So in the name of love she tells Jaimy that she is in fact a girl and they can be together. Now they simply must keep her secret from the rest of the crew...
Date published: 2008-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE BEST This series is my favorite series EVER beating out Harry Potter buy a long shot....this series is amazing - I own every book. Buy it!
Date published: 2007-01-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful! One of the best reads I've had in a lon Bloody Jack is a book revolving around our heroine Jacky. Jacky is an orphan living on the streets in the 19th century. She takes on the alias Jack or Jacky as she masquerades as a boy aboard the HMS Dolphin, in His Majesty's navy. Jacky recieves another name "Bloody Jack" because she had a tendency to accidentally kill people. Adding to the chaos is the fact that Jacky has fallen in love with one of the other boys on the ship, who of course is unaware that she is a girl. There are two other books in the Bloody Jack series. They are called Curse of the Blue Tattoo and Under the Jolly Roger. Both are quite good, but I think Bloody Jack is the best so far in the series.
Date published: 2006-06-06

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PART IAn Orphan, Cast Out in the Storm,Body and Soul Most Lightly Connected,A Tiny Spark on the Winds of Chance Borne,To the Fancies of Fortune Subjected.Chapter 1Rooster Charlie allows as how today he's goin' to see Dr. Graves himself, the bloke what sends Muck around to pick up dead orphans for the di-seck-shun and for the good of science and all, to see if Charlie his ownself can get paid for his body before he goes croakers so's he can have the pleasure of it himself, like. Me and the others laugh and jeer and say, "Charlie, you ain't got the bollocks. He'll prolly open you up right there, without so much as a by-your-leave." But Charlie, he hikes up his pants and gives his vest a pat and off he goes to sell his body. The pat is for his shiv, which he keeps tucked next to his ribs. I've been with Charlie and the gang for four, maybe five, years since That Dark Day when me world was changed forever, but I can't be sure, the seasons run into each other so-we shivers and dies of the cold in the winter and sweats and dies of the pestilence in the summer, so it's all one. It's been close a couple of times, but I ain't dead yet. We begs mostly, please Mum please Mum please Mum, over and over and we steals a bit and we gets by, just. There's only six of us right now 'cause Emily died last winter. I woke up next to her stiff body in the morning in our kip and I took her shift, which is too big but which I wears over me other shift, that givin' me two things I own besides me immortal soul. We tried takin' poor naked dead Emily down to the river and floatin' her off with the proper words and all, but she's stiff and hard to move and Muck caught us at it and stole her away. He gives us a curse for tryin' to get her away and for takin' her shift, too, that which he could have sold to the ragman. Charlie is the leader of our gang and is called the Rooster 'cause his last name is Brewster, and him being such a cocky little banty, it seems natural, like. He's small, but he's smart and quick. Charlie's hair is straight and red and hangs to one side like a cock's comb. He's got britches that were once white and a once-white shirt and a bright blue vest over that, and he looks right fine, he does. A flash cove is our Rooster Charlie. Besides him there's Polly and Judy and Nancy, and Hugh the Grand, him what is big and strong like an ox but what is a bit slow in the head. Charlie is fond of pattin' him on his broad back and sayin', "Our Hughie is our muscle and our tower of strength in this world of strife and trouble," and every time he does it, Hughie blushes all red and rocks his head side to side and grins his big dumb grin in his gladness. Charlie takes care of us, and with his cheek and his bravado and his shiv and our Hughie, the other gangs keep their distance. Since I'm the smallest, I get called Little Mary, even though I ain't near to bein' the youngest no more. The gang is always changin', as we loses some and we brings some in. Like the girl what stole me clothes before, whose name is Betty, was stole herself awhile back as two of the women from Missus Tuttle's lit upon our little band to find a replacement for their servant girl who had died. They picked Betty and allowed as they was gonna make a fine lady out of her, Isn't that right, Bessie, just like us. So they takes our Betty off, and Charlie says that he'll give it two days and then he'd go see her and if she wanted to come back, he'd steal her back, but after the two days he goes to see, and, no, she didn't want t' come back, she wanted to stay and be a fine lady. And I din't get me clothes back, either, even though they prolly would still have fit. "Whyn't all us girls go off to Missus Tuttle's to be fine ladies," says I, thinkin' maybe there'd be food there and beds and stuff, but then Charlie tells me to shut my silly girly gob, as what do I know about anything in the world. Then he tells us what goes on at Missus Tuttle's, but I don't believe him, not for a minute. Disgustin', it is. "Such a mind you have, Charlie, to be thinkin' of such." "Mary, bless you, you'll find out soon enough," says Charlie. Our kip is up under the Blackfriars Bridge, just where the bridge meets the road real sharp so there's a cave under there, like. We got some straw from the stables on the sly, a little bit at a time, so at night we all burrows in and sleeps in a pile for warmth and comfort. When it rains, trickles of water come down through the black stones, but we knows where they'll be comin' now, so we keeps away. Can't keep away the damp from the river, though. I think that's what took Emily off, the damp and cold from the river. In the night the lights from the city lamps bounce off the waves, and on foggy nights horns sound low and mournful back and forth. It's ships makin' their way to someplace else, and I want to be going somewheres else, too. Other gangs would like to have our kip, but with Hugh the Grand shakin' his big fists and bellowin' and Charlie wavin' his shiv and the rest of us throwin' rocks, we manages to chase them off and keep our home, at least for the time bein'. At night, when we're all in a pile, we talks and makes up stories about what we're goin' to be if we grows up. Like Charlie says, he'll be a soldier and all and trade his shiv for a great gleamin' sword and fine red uniform and won't all the fine ladies love him and we girls all says we loves him right now but he says that don't count, us bein' worthless drabs and all and he gets jabbed in the ribs for his cheek. Hughie allows as how he'd like to be a horse handler 'cause horse handlers have to be big and strong, which he is, and he likes horses and even likes the smell of 'em. We all hold our noses and say phew, but he don't care, he likes 'em, is all. There's lots of horses here in Cheapside 'cause of all the markets and fairs. Judy's of a practical turn of mind, too, as she wants to go into service and be a maid for a fine lady, but first she's got to get big enough to be useful to some such fine lady and not just eat her out of house and home. Polly, she just wants to marry a good man and raise up babies. Nancy says she wants to get married, too, and maybe she and her man would have a tavern where there'd be lots of good things to eat and drink, but they'd keep scum like Muck out, it bein' a respectable place, like. I say I want to be the captain of a fine ship and sail around the world and see the Cathay Cat and the Bengal Rat and gaze upon the Kangaroo, which is what I heard some sailors singin' about over at Benbow's Tavern one day and it sounded right fine to me, them all happy and singin' and carefree, it seemed. I'll get rich and famous and spend all me money takin' care of poor miserable orphans, and I get handfuls of straw thrown at me for me sentiments. 'Cut out the middleman!' says I to the worthy doctor. 'Pay me now only half what ye'd be payin' Muck for me earthly remains and I promises to come and lie down on yer doorstep every time I feels sick and liable to die. I'd even carry a note to the effect that if I perished somewheres else, my body was to be delivered to the Honorable Doctor without delay!'" says Charlie, having returned from the anatomist's full of gruesome stories of bloody tables and knives and things put up in jars. "And Muck himself is there ascowlin' at the notion of his bein' cut out of the bargain, but the doctor says no, it was against his ethics to conduct negotiations with a live body, even though he was sure I was possessed of an admirable spleen." We're all gigglin' and snortin', and Charlie goes on with, "I owns I got a right fine spleen and if Your Honor would pay me now, I'd be sure to keep it in special prime condition for his later use and joy. Massage it up twice a week to keep it nice and soft and all." Charlie shakes his head sadly, swinging his red mop. "His Honor would have none of it, and he has Muck put his foul hands on me to toss me out, spleen and all." "And for that," says Charlie, "I resolves to abuse me spleen most terrible." We all gets a howl out of Charlie's prancin' around and telling of the stomachs that are blown up and dried like the blowfish we see in the fish market, and other guts tanned and pickled and preserved. But then he tells of seeing a baby's hand floating in some juice and that shuts up my laughing right quick. I knows me sister Penny is put up in jars, and I suspects that someday I will be, too.Copyright © 2002 by L. A. MeyerAll rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproducedor transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical,including photocopy, recording, or any information storage andretrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher.Requests for permission to make copies of any part of the workshould be mailed to the following address: Permissions Department,Harcourt, Inc., 6277 Sea Harbor Drive, Orlando, Florida 32887-6777.

Editorial Reviews

* A rattling good read." - Publishers Weekly, starred review * "Although many fictional heroines have sailed in disguise before Jacky Faber, her coarse, cheeky street voice and naive but observant take on shipboard life set her apart." - The Bulletin, starred review "Marvelous. . . . A first-rate read." - Kirkus Reviews A Booklist Editors' Choice A Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book A Junior Library Guild Selection A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age"