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In the Belly of the Bloodhound: Being an Account of a Particularly Peculiar Adventure in the Life of Jacky Faber (Bloody Jack #4)

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The British crown has placed a price on Jacky's head, and so she returns to the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls in Boston to lay low. But laying low isn't in the cards for a spunky lass who finds trouble even when she's not looking for it.

Aschool outing goes awry as Jacky and her classmates are abducted and forced into the hold of the Bloodhound, a ship bound for the...more
Hardcover, 528 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Read by Katherine Kellgren. And she is an awesome narrator--just sayin'!

Had to give this Odyssey Award Honor Winner a chance and I'm glad I did! I'm a huge fan of listening to audiobooks involving accents and I got an earful with this young adult title! English, Irish, Cheapside, posh, and, of course, pirate. Yay!

This is actually the 4th book in the Bloody Jack Adventure series (Bloody Jack, The Curse of the Blue Tattoo, Under the Jolly Roger), but I didn't read the books after Bloody Jack. In t...more
Tara Chevrestt
I know, I know.. Everyone is probably gasping with shock and there may have been a few heart attacks. This is the first Bloody Jack book that hasn't gotten a five from me. It simply the lacked the excitement and action that I enjoyed in the previous three. It also lacked male characters which is a must for a Jacky adventure as she normally flirts with and outdoes all the fellows in all she does..

In this, the fourth installment of the Bloody Jack series, Jacky Faber has a price on her head and g...more
Aug 27, 2012 Artemis rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All of my friends! But of course, read the firse few books before you start this!
All I can say for this book is that this is the most awesome book I've ever read, and that I would give it a 7 star had it been possible, but alas it's not, so I'll have to be content with the 5-star which seems pitifully little now.

The book start of real fine, with Jacky going back to Boston, to all her dear friends, Amy, Annie, Slyvie, Rebecca, Peg, etc, etc, and they have a very happy and cheerful reunion. Here's a quote. "Jesus, Mary and Joseph! It's Jacky!"

But of course, we mustn't forget...more
This was definitely the darkest of the four books I have read so far, but still well written. I once again read it in a day. I thought the author did an excellent job of bring out multiple female personalities, in diverse ways. I thought the relationship between Jacky and Clarissa played out very interestingly, it makes me wonder how it will be in a subsequent one. I loved the part when Jacky explained the goddess Diana to Katy (391). Elspeth Goodwin's character also played out very interesting...more
Another stellar contribution to the "Bloody Jack" series--and a fabulous audiobook performance by Katherine Kellgren. This is just pure entertainment! Not that there isn't a good deal of history and thoughtfulness involved, but it's just one of the most compelling stories, with vivid characters brought to life not only through Meyer's deft storytelling but through Kellgren's fine acting.

If you want a synopsis of the story, you can read the publisher's blurb. Personally, I loved diving right in...more
2010 Odyssey Honor

This was the best Bloody Jack installment so far. Quite adventurous and not at all annoying.
Ms. Library
I gave this book 4 stars, even though in some respects, the author hits several notes he has before. But here's what I loved about this book-in most of Jacky's adventures, she is the sole female that really shows spunk and it is constantly emphasized how "different" she is. But in this one, the girls from the Lawson Peabody School are captured, and they all have to learn to let go of the roles that have held so closely, and to really become independent and strong-willed and cunning. I love that....more
The famous sailor/pirate/school girl Jacky Faber has found her way back to Boston after narrowly escaping during a great battle between the British and the French. She knows there is a price on her head for being a pirate, although quite frankly she doesn't feel she is a pirate at all. She must find a way to hide out for awhile, and what better place than back at the Lawson Peabody School for Girls. Some are thrilled to have her back, others would prefer her to have stayed away, but Jacky is hap...more
My new found love-affair with this grossly under-popular series continues to burn after reading this latest in L.A. Meyer's "Bloody Jack" tales. After barely escaping death and capture in the Battle of Trafalgar at the end of the last book, Jacky manages to steer a course for Boston and the relative safety of the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls. With the whole British fleet on her tail for charges of piracy, Jacky must hide out and endure the quiet life of a lady in training, but this bein...more
Absolutely fantastic and highly recommended. The audiobook version of this series is very well done read by the most capable Katherine Kellegren who brings all the characters to life with her amazing voices.

This installment of the series finds Jacky taking a stand on slavery. It's the early 1800's and Jacky is surprised when her arch-nemesis Clarissa brings her slave girl Angelique to the Peabody Lawson School for girls. The irony is that in a few short days, almost all of the girls from the sch...more
I am a fan.
More rollicking adventures of the personable and spirited--if slightly rascally--heroine Jacky Faber! Once again, I listened to the audio book, which makes the most of Jacky's colorful voice. And I think one of the reasons first person narrative works so well in these books is that Jacky, by nature, is willing to try anything or go anywhere or talk to anyone--so the means of gathering information comes naturally and is always believable within the context. (Of course, believability in...more
Lori Twichell
Though this book easily fits in with the others in the series, it’s not for the faint of heart. Listed by the publisher as 8th grade and up, I would highly recommend these books for older teens – juniors/seniors in high school at the very least. Jacky’s adventures in this book are highly mature – young girls on a boat with pirates who want nothing more than to sell them? You can imagine the direction the story takes. These young girls are in a fight for their very lives and there are moments whe...more

Meyer, L. A. (2008). In the belly of the Bloodhound: Being an account of a particularly peculiar adventure in the life of Jacky Faber [Recorded by K. Kellgren] [CD]. Roseland, NJ: Listen & Live Audio.

Genre: Adventure

Awards: 2010 Odyssey Honor Title

Format: Audio (CDs; 13 discs, 15 hrs)

Selection: YALSA’s Teen Book Finder, Follett


In the belly of the Bloodhound is just where readers are taken in this 4th installment (Harcourt, 2006) of Jackie Faber and her adventures on the high seas. Re...more
Oct 21, 2008 Lisa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: jacky faber fans
Recommended to Lisa by: Kate
Shelves: teenfiction
Well, the author does it again. He's able to make an strong novel in a series of books. I started this book last spring and had to put it down because I am just tired of series. After listening to the audio book of Bloody Jack, it helped me pick up the novel again and give it another shot.

Jacky gets out on the open sea again when she and 30 of her classmates are kidnapped and threatened to be sold as slaves in North Africa. As their auction price depends on their purity and beauty, the girls re...more
May 21, 2008 Megan rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of the series, people who like girls-as-pirates stories
Shelves: 2007, own
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Alethea A
It's 5 am on the 28th of April, 2009... and AAAAGGGHHHHHHHHH! The last sentence of In the Belly of the Bloodhound is a bloody cliffhanger!!!! I *hate* you L.A. Meyer! (and please know that I mean that in the most loving way possible, because you are brilliant and gave Jacky to the world.) Would it be so bad to give Jacky and Jaimy, like, 2 seconds together? Blarrgh!

I have to wait a few more days until my hardcover of Mississippi Jack arrives... And the audiobook is slated for release on May 1, a...more
12/13/08--Having just barely escaped the clutches of the British Navy, Jacky is headed back for Boston and the safety of America. Much to her surprise she is welcomed back into the arms of Mistress Pimm and the Lawson Peabody School of Young Girls. Under the guise of a scientific exploration, Jacky and the girls are abducted and forced into the hold of a slaving ship, there to travel to Africa to be sold as white slaves into harems. The majority of this adventure is told while in the hold of the...more
Julie Decker
Jacky's wanted for piracy--even though SHE doesn't think what she did should count as piracy!--so she lies low at the school she escaped long ago and reunites with old friends (and, well, old enemies--ahem, Clarissa, ahem). Amy gets an update on the stories and of course continues to write them down, and just when Jacky's settling in, she and a big group of other girls go on an arranged trip and end up kidnapped by the man who orchestrated it. Knowing he can get a lot of money by selling these r...more
Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
We are shoved roughly down the hatch, through a barred door, and into the very belly of the Bloodhound, down into the very pit of hell itself.

We have Jacky lying low back at the Lawson Peabody School For Young Girls after finding out that she's wanted for Piracy.

What starts out as a field trip turns into a kidnapping. Jacky must use her knowledge to help calm the other girls as they all headed to be sold while aboard a ship called the Bloodhound.

As the days go by Jacky and the girls try to pla...more
Meg Mcconk
Another Jacky Faber book that I wish I could give 4.5 stars. Not as strong as some of the others, but still great.
My favorite thing about this particular book is the way Jacky helps the other girls empower themselves, but without turning them into little Jacky clones. They all keep their own identities and find a stronger version of themselves. I was also more impressed by Jaimy's behavior in this book.
My biggest complaint about this book (sort-of-spoilers!) is that I really did find it hard to...more
evil author - you can't just end a book like THAT!

my absolute favourite line from this is: 'Right, Andy - get in line behind Randall Trevelyne, Robin Raeburne, Ishmael Turner, Joseph Jared, and a few others, and not necessarily in that order. And maybe Arthur MacBride, that Irish devil, too...'
Another rousing adventure with Jacky Faber. I was wary to read this particular book because I didn't enjoy the last book that took place at the Lawson Peabody girls school. Too much teenage drama and bickering for me. This book however didn't have too much of that, instead had a very exciting and thrilling story with the girls of the Lawson Peabody school. By the end of the book, I actually liked most of the girls from the school, including Clarissa Howe! Jacky was also more serious and grown up...more
Lots of racy parts would, again, make me hesitant to suggest this series to tweens. It also could have been 100 pages shorter. Other than that, loved it.
Chris Aylott
Meyer pulls off a neat trick here: returning Jacky Faber to the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls, picking up some heretofore minor characters and then sending them all off on an unexpected and harrowing adventure. Jacky's supporting cast is getting to be as entertaining as Jacky herself, and the whole thing builds up to a prison break that would make any group of RPG player characters proud.

Just one thing, though. Mr. Lieutenant Jaimy Fletcher is going to have to stay away from our Jacky --...more
This is addictive, I just can't seem to get enough of Jacky Faber.
Another adventure for Jacky Faber and still going strong. I love this heroine's ability to cleverly plan her way out of any situation - she is an eighteenth century sea-faring version of MacGyver. I loved getting to know more about the girls from the Lawson Peabody school - Katy Deere is by far my favorite of the lot and I also grew a little attached to Clarissa, I'm interested to see where their story lines go from here.

Out of all the books in the series so far, this is by far the most outland...more
I will say, despite my five stars, this book still didn't beat my love for the second book ( Curse of the Blue Tattoo  Being an Account of the Misadventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman and Fine Lady (Bloody Jack, #2) by L.A. Meyer ), however I did enjoy this one immensely.

In this volume, Jacky and the girls of the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls are captured by a slaver ship to be sold. As in the second book, I love the dynamic between Jacky and Clarissa (her hated rival), especially since they find themselves trapped, forced to work together in order to escape. Added to that dynamic were the many other girls, many of whic...more
Lady Knight
LOVED IT! Well Jacky my girl, you have finally made me see what so many other readers have seen in you!

When at the end of Under the Jolly Roger Jacky heads back to Boston, I kind of groaned because her first set of adventures in America (Curse of the Blue Tattoo) had annoyed and stressed me out to the max, but book three had been good enough for me to soldier on and trust that at least some of Jacky's new found maturity would carry on into book four. I was really really glad I picked this one u...more
Great book, though very frustrated at the ending as it will probably be Christmas break before I can continue to read the series. I found Clarissa's character more likable than in previous books, but she was still a pain in the butt. I'm dying to know what happens next as it ended rather abruptly. I loved that Jacky was telling her stories to the girls, both from her adventures since the last time she left Boston and the time when she was part of Charlie Rooster's gang in London.

The basic story...more
I listened to this book... and the audio version is amazing. Katherine Kellgren is just the perfect Jacky Faber, as well as all the other characters.

Oh Jacky Faber... even on a simple school outing, you manage to get into the worst kind of trouble. Jacky has done her best to be good and keep a low profile; she returned to Boston and has stayed at the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls, refraining from singing and dancing in the local bars or even sneaking out for a little fun. She knows that...more
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Louis A. Meyer is best known as the author of the Bloody Jack novels. He is also a painter and the author of two children's picture books, and he and his wife own an art gallery called Clair de Loon in Bar Harbor.

Louis A. Meyer passed away on July 29, 2014 from refractory Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. His final Jacky Faber book, Wild Rover No More, will be published posthumously in September.
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Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy (Bloody Jack, #1) Curse of the Blue Tattoo: Being an Account of the Misadventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman and Fine Lady (Bloody Jack, #2) Under the Jolly Roger: Being an Account of the Further Nautical Adventures of Jacky Faber (Bloody Jack, #3) Mississippi Jack: Being an Account of the Further Waterborne Adventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman, Fine Lady, and Lily of the West (Bloody Jack, #5) My Bonny Light Horseman: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, in Love and War (Bloody Jack, #6)

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