This tale has it all, action, adventure and emotion. Set in late 1790’s, Mary is a poor orphan living on the streets of London when an opportunity to sign up as a ships boy aboard the HMS Dolphin arises.
Disguised as a young boy, she uses her ability to read to transform herself into Jackie and actually get away with the deception for several years, in spite of living in such close quarters on a British naval vessel. She makes the most of all her position offers and gets a shipboard education, surviving through her undoubted wit, cunning and her courage, which she doesn’t recognize, but others certainly do.
The audiobook is the perfect format for this rollicking tale, as the narrator, Katherine Kellgren, does a wonderful job of the different voices and cockney accents. She captures the emotions of the various characters and brings it all vividly to life, completely sweeping her listeners away into the world of young Jackie.
The first in the Bloody Jack series, this is a well-researched novel that flows effortlessly along. Well worth a listen, for adults as well as older children and teens.
Title: Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy
Author: L.A. Meyer
Reviewed by Lynda T, East Coast Bays.
Lynda T reads anything that grabs her interest, but is particularly interested in science fiction and young adult novels.