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

L.A. Meyer


Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary

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

  • Title: Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy
  • Author: L.A. Meyer
  • ISBN: 9780330418102
  • Page: 238
  • Format: Paperback



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 hLife 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


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

The audio version of this book does exactly what an audio version should do - it not only gives voice to a darn good story, but it carries the reader/listener into the heart of the story. 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 [...]

I loved this book. REminds me of the True COnfessions of Charolotte Doyle, btu for an older reader From School Library Journal Grade 6-8-With the plague running rampant in London in 1797, 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 Faber, [...]

This book is about as much fun as Harry Pottera coming of age story for a child with the odds stacked against her. And yes, BONUS, the heroine is a girl. 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!

An extraordinary tale about a young girl who has everything and everyone taken from her and still unbelievably rises out of the ashes like a Phoenix to survive in a time of death and hopelessness. A great, captivating story with a completely original cast of characters that show great bravery and wildly cunning wit throughout. Mary/Jack/Jackie is a wonderfully imaginative and resourceful individual who I found to be extremely entertaining and couldn't wait to see what crazy thing she would do ne [...]

I love, love, LOVE all of the Bloody Jack books. She does edge a little into Mary Sue territory at times, but not in typical ways for a female character. She's kind of like an adolescent female version of Jack Ryan (Patriot Games, etc).

Excellent story! I tend to like those gender-bending characters in general, but Jacky was especially well done. So many female action heroes tend to be modeled as boys in skirts - ass-kicking, bloodthirsty heroines out to prove they're not just some weakling girl. Jacky is a girl. She proves herself worthy in combat, but doesn't relish it. She plays a boy because it will secure her food and freedom. She challenges gender assumptions when her boyfriend wants to mold her into something she isn't. [...]

Excellent story! I love the style of writingI feel like I'm right with them on the ship. Can't wait to read the others!

I love this book and just can't get enough of it. jacky's fabulous and absolutely crazy. Its just what I need, a good does of adventure following a streetsmart heroine who doesn't have a chip on her shoulder or an abusive family. I think that the best part is that Jacky adapts to every situations and learns like a sponge. She's bloody talented and completely wild.There is a smidgit of romance or love interest, which also manages to keep me hooked for the next book (and the book after that and so [...]

Fun book about a girl from the London slums who boards a British Navy boat as a boy. In my library it's a Young Adult book, but it's a good quick read, plenty of happenings and adventure. It's told first person, so it takes a little bit to get used to the grammar. A kid from the gutter's not going to speak the Queen's English, after all.After surviving on the streets of London, Mary's friend and protector is killed. She takes his clothes and his shiv and heads off to find something more for hers [...]

If you've ever wanted girl adventure stories, Jacky is your girl. What's more, Meyer manages to handle the tired old saw of girl dressed as boy and make it believable, describing her adventures with clarity, vividness, humor, and sympathy. Even the subjects one would consider somewhat dicey are well-handled, probably because Jacky's voice is so very assured, we always believe in her, don't see the author wincing or smirking or pushing the puppets about. Jacky is born to a nice family but they di [...]

Sangat mudah menemukan anak-anak jalanan di hampir setiap sudut jalan-jalan di Jakarta, sepertinya di banyak kota di Indonesia. Ada yang jadi pengemis, pengamen, pedagang asongan, dan pedagang koran. Kebanyakan, dipaksa untuk melakukan pekerjaan itu, baik oleh orang tuanya ataupun oleh orang lain yang “menyewa” mereka. Tapi, tidak sedikit juga yang memang melakukan pekerjaan itu karena ingin membantu orang tau dalam memenuhi kebutuhan hidup keluarga, atau bisa juga karena mereka memang sudah [...]

I don't normally read YA books because I'm an A and not very Y, but this was a book club pick, so what are you going to do? Well, it was because I would have never found this book on my own. In fact, while reading it, I wished that this series had been around when I was younger.The story couldn't be simpler: A young girl, Mary Faber, pretends to be a boy in order to become a ships boy. She's an orphan whose only friend in the world was just killed so she takes off to the high seas and high adven [...]

Honestly didn't think I would like this one--you know, cause I get seasick, and this being a story about sailors and ships.Jacky Faber has wonderful characteristics: strong female, too much pride for her own good, and clever. Her voice stays with you long after you close the book.The only thing that bothered me (and this is going to sound really stupid) are the run-on sentences. I hope I'll get used to it with the next installment.My favorite line: "The Captain is so happy, he's forgivin' you fo [...]

After reading Daughter of the Pirate King, I was in the mood for more high seas adventure. Featuring a cross-dressing girl trying to escape a life on the streets by getting hired on as a ship boy on a royal vessel, Bloody Jack definitely fit the bill. But it was funny, too. I about died when Jacky thought she had contracted some plague and was going to die a horrible death because she didn't know what her monthlies were. Bahaha. Yeah, it starts out young, but by the end of the book she's abou [...]

Katherine Kellgren absolutely made this book for me. "Bloody Jack" is a well-written, well-plotted historical adventure, but Kellgren's performance transformed it into something truly special. She brought color and nuance to Jacky’s world, pulling me right onto the deck of the HMS Dolphin. I could hear the roar of cannons, the swell of the sea and the music played by the sailors in her voice. I can’t imagine experiencing this book in any other way. Set at the turn of the 19th Century, “Blo [...]

"Bloody Jack" was an amazing story! I don't think I could've done half of what she did. Jacky lived ever since her parents had died of the plague on the streets of London but when an old man named Muck kills the leader of the gang, at least that is who they think did it, then she feels that she is forced to leave. Jacky takes his clothes, and his shiv, and comes aboard a royal navy ship as a ships boy. There she is the only girl aboard, and she has stay under the radar, but she seems to naturall [...]

(Review edited in 2015, read in 2013)I at first thought, several years ago when I saw this, that it was probably border-lining on being a children's book, or even a typical immature YA novel. But it was everything I wanted to read right now.This came out in 2002, a year before the first of the Pirates of the Caribbean films, so no, it is not some kind of rip off, even with the character's name. It is really good for anyone who loves those movies though. I was actually so entranced by the imagery [...]

I thoroughly enjoyed at least the first half of this, and enjoyed many bits after, so I'd rather give three and a half stars if I couldKnow all those great old ballads where the girl cuts off her hair, sometimes binds up her breasts and goes off to sea? With never a mention of how the hell she's going to continue to pass for a boy on a ship full of sailors - no private bedrooms or nice, locking toilets? Well, this book has the same plotline, except the heroine more sensibly gets taken on as a sh [...]

Would have given this more stars, because I (mostly) enjoyed the story and I like the main character, but. 1. James 'Jaimy' Emerson Fletcher. Holy fuck I wanna punch that boy in the face. I can't even put it into words, really, but he rubs me the wrong way something major. The fact that wants Jacky to be more "lady-like" doesn't help.2. The fact that, when Jacky and Jaimy are fooling around, it is Jacky's job to make sure things don't go too far, because Jaimy can't think straight in these situa [...]

It's a YA novel, but it's also great fun. It's one of those books where I'm like, "There should be more of these." (And there are! It's a whole series!) None of the elements are terribly new or original (or realistic), but it's all put together well and has just what (well, I) like to read!A young girl, Mary Faber, is orphaned on the streets of 18th-century London. She joins a gang of kids and learns begging and even some thieving, but when a ghoulish thug who sells the bodies of dead street kid [...]

Great book! I was sucked in from the first page. An exciting story and a compelling main character. I love Jacky's voice; it's very strong. I finished it this morning and today I got the sequel out of the library! :D yaay

Why did I wait so long to read/listen to this?? The audiobook RULED! Except that I had a cockney accent all night last night.

is it me or does any story having to do with the high seas not including jack sparrow not seem complete.

4.5 I listened to this as an audiobook and just really, really liked it. I was alone with my 5 kids driving 13 hours on hardly any sleep but this book kept me awake and smiling the whole time. The narrator has a perfect accent and tells the story as of she isn't even reading it. I really loved the main character. Can't wait to listen to more of these.

Summary: Life changes forever when Mary’s family dies of Cold and hunger.Mary finds herself in the streets of London with only the clothes on her back, which are soon stolen by a gang of urchins, who then adopt her into their group. Charlie, Polly, Judy, Nancy, and Hugh teach Mary how to survive on the streets. Begging, thieving, and running from the law become second nature to her. Then someone murders Charlie and Mary decides life is far too dangerous for a girl, so she disguises herself as [...]

Bloody Jack was exactly what I needed, right when I needed it. Its timing could not have been better. I enjoyed every moment of it.1. Was the story fun to read? YES! It's an adventure story in the truest sense of the word. It didn't ever slow down too much for me. Mary survived the harsh streets as a girl, tricked her way aboard a ship, fought off pirates (PIRATES, y'all!), and lived under the looming threat that some crazy guy wanted to strap her to a kite just to see whether it would still fly [...]

I've always been fond of historical YA novels, though I'm not sure they were called that when I was reading Johnny Tremain. Come to think of it, I'm not sure what they call them now. I haven't picked up any in a while, though, so this one just sort of jumped out at me on the library shelf.It's a lot of fun. It hits the plot points you'd expect from the intersection of "swashbuckling Navy adventure" and "cross-dressing hero," but it does so with style. It doesn't hurt that "Jacky" is a resourcefu [...]

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 [...]

Wow. I fell in love with this book and the main character, Mary "Jacky" Faber, immediately. From Mary's rough start as a street kid in plague-ridden London in 1797 to her elaborate deception as Jack, a ship's boy on the HMS Dolphin, I loved every minute.The voice talent on the audiobook is superb. An absolute joy to listen to. I had many things to do today and ignored all of them, caught as I was in the spell of this book. I will read any book I can about this character.

Audio bookAbsolutely wonderful story of a young girl who disguises herself as a boy to become a ship's boy on HMS The Dolphin. Story is well narrated and the narrator captures the young girl's observations well. I found myself smiling and laughing at Jackie's many adventures. Well done. Recommended for middle grades and higher.


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