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. Girl in wind, by Valeria Schettino on Flickr; 2. Götheborg, by Karin Skoog on Flickr; 3. From "Wolf Tide," by Corey Arnold via The Red List; 4. "Strong Cloth for Sail," by Thewinator, via Solace; 5. Wheel; via Alexandra Brooke; 6. The Bark Europa in the Tasman Sea, via Ships Ahoy!; 7. Found golden compass, by Mikael Aldo; 8. Dress, via Brown Dress with White Dots; 9. Brown shoes, via Brown Dress with White Dots; 10. "C'est La Mort," by Marley C. Cumbee on Flickr; 11. Dirk, via Brown Dress with White Dots; 12. Journal, via Brown Dress with White Dots.