Monday, January 20, 2014

Book Report: The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle is similar to The Witch of Blackbird Pond in that both books are about young women defying convention, following their moral compasses, and suffering the consequences. But while Kit in The Witch of Blackbird Pond dreams of escaping her drab Connecticut life to sail home to Barbados, Charlotte Doyle actually spends the majority of the book on the high seas. Pure girlhood adventuring! Plus rebellion, flogging, guns, knives, sailors at the mercy of the cruel ocean, and murder!

"I can only tell you this, Charlotte. A sailor chooses the wind that takes the ship from a safe port. Ah, yes, but once you're abroad, as you have seen, winds have a mind of their own. Be careful, Charlotte, careful of the wind you choose." --Avi

Of course, it's not all high seas adventure, insubordination, and murder--unlikely friendships are forged and tested, mettle is proved, and lessons are learned along the way. If only there were a ship's cat, it would be perfect. If you read and liked The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, you should move onto the previously mentioned The Witch of Blackbird Pond; Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry; Tuck Everlasting; and I Capture the Castle.

1 comment:

  1. I love your mood board/photo collages with your book reports. The images are stunning and set the feel perfectly. I haven't read "True Confessions" but it looks good. :)


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