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Curse of the Blue Tattoo


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L.A. MEYER was an art teacher, an illustrator, a designer, and a naval officer before he began to write about the impetuous Jacky Faber. He currently operates an art gallery with his wife near their home in a small fishing village on the coast of


Gr 8 Up-The audacious Jacky Faber is back in L.A. Meyer's fabulous sequel (2004) to Bloody Jack (2002, both Harcourt). In the first novel, Jacky cut her hair, put on boy's clothes, changed her name to Jack, and signed on as a ship's boy aboard a Royal Navy frigate. Jacky thrived at sea and attained the rank of a midshipman. When the Navy discovered she was a girl, they dumped her, albeit with great pomp and ceremony, in Boston. This sequel begins as Jacky leaves behind her beloved Jaimy, disembarks in Boston-in a dress-to attend The Lawson Peabody School for Fine Young Girls. Jacky soon discovers that fighting pirates was a piece of cake compared to circumnavigating the complexities of becoming a lady. She fails at embroidery, but excels at sneaking out of school and playing her pennywhistle in taverns. Jacky falls short in French, but ably learns to ride astride a glorious stallion and compete in a horse race. Her table manners are deplorable, but her sleuthing abilities are top notch when she uncovers the murder of a former classmate. Finally giving up, Jacky abandons her school, in flames (don't ask), and jumps aboard a whaling ship to make her way back to Jaimy. Katherine Kellgren delivers a stunning performance with a myriad of amazing voices. Her cockney Jacky is just right and makes the story more accessible to listeners who may struggle with the Brit-speak. Loyal, clever, sassy, impudent, and just a little bit naughty, Jacky is a protagonist to admire. Simply delightful.-Tricia Melgaard, Centennial Middle School, Broken Arrow, OK Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

"Entertaining." --Booklist, starred review

"Sure to please fans of the first title, this adventure-packed historical novel also stands on its own." --School Library Journal

"Compelling." --VOYA (5Q--highest rating)

The heroine who masqueraded as the title character in Bloody Jack, which PW called "a rattling good read," returns in the engaging Curse of the Blue Tattoo: Being an Account of the Misadventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman and Fine Lady by L. A. Meyer. Jacky, now enrolled in the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls in Boston, tussles with her well-to-do schoolmates, gets arrested for singing and dancing at the harbor and helps solve a murder mystery. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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