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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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Now that the King of England has called her a pirate and put a price on her head, Jacky Faber has no choice but to stay out of sight. Hoping for a safe hiding place, she returns to the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls in Boston, but the calm doesn't last long. On a class field trip to Boston Harbor, the girls are abducted and forced into the hold of the Bloodhound, a ...more
Audio CD, Unabridged, 16 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Listen & Live Audio (first published October 1st 2006)
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Mar 04, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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
Aug 27, 2012 Artemis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jun 25, 2008 Lesli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 07, 2010 Kathryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, ya
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
2010 Odyssey Honor

This was the best Bloody Jack installment so far. Quite adventurous and not at all annoying.
I have to say, Jacky's become something of a trollop. It's like she's taken the phrase "promised to another" to mean that she can dally around, but will ultimately only commit to Jamie. Quite the interpretation.

Anyhow, the series continues to be bursting with adventure and marvelous story-telling, but as she ages, her experiences have certainly made her more, uh, brazen? In a way, she's more "common" than ever. I guess I should appreciate that the character is dynamic, right?

Interestingly, in t
Apr 02, 2016 April rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I listened to In The Belly Of The Bloodhound by L.A. Meyer because I might as well be obsessed with Jacky Faber. Read my review here
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
Mar 17, 2012 Jenben8426 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
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
May 16, 2009 Jean rated it it was amazing
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
Lori Twichell
Sep 19, 2013 Lori Twichell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 08, 2013 Kris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
Oct 21, 2008 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 21, 2008 Megan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the series, people who like girls-as-pirates stories
Shelves: own, 2007
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
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
Dec 18, 2008 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: q2-2008
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
Jul 21, 2014 Wendy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
4.5 stars

Even though this book took over a hundred pages to get to the actual adventure part that's mentioned in the blurb, it was another great adventure with fantastic narration. It was lovely to see the girls of the Lawson Peabody come together as a team, and particularly awesome to see Clarissa being painted in a more three dimensional way (it turns out she's a complete badass, while maintaining all of the parts of her personality introduced in the previous books).

I haven't mentioned in pre
Oct 16, 2015 Danceteacherkc rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
when this series was recommended to me, they said to listen to the audio book, but i wasn't able to get them. i finally got to listen to this one and it was so crazy good. i just love this series. they are exciting, full of adventure, and i am obsessed with Jacky Faber. at one point while listening to this my heart was racing and i got so excited and nervous i had to pause it and calm down for a minute. loved it. for sure a book that should not be judged by its cover
Finally ready to settle down at school, mostly, and wait for Jaimy, Jacky is happy. She has reunited with her Lawson Peabody friends, and enemies, and the wonderful character of Miss Pimm. Of course, this is much to tranquil a life for Jacky Faber, so fate intervenes in the form of kidnappers.

It's up to Jacky to get all of the Pimm girls back home in one piece. I enjoyed this adventure with the girls and the deeper look into who they are and how they came to be the way they are. I enjoyed their
Julie Decker
Sep 01, 2014 Julie Decker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Tina Grove
Jul 09, 2015 Tina Grove rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though it was a bit predictable (hopefully this isn't a spoiler) of course Jacky survives the slave ship and of course she gets captured for her original "crime" of piracy! but even then such an exciting story that you can't help but be on the edge of your seat. my favorite part is the comraderie among the girls through their awful time on the slave ship and how as soon as they are imprisoned Jacky already has a plan for escape and is two or three steps ahead of the game. the thing I was less en ...more
Abby Johnson
Jan 17, 2012 Abby Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Another installment in the adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, expertly narrated by the inimitable Katherine Kellgren. This is an audiobook series I always turn to when I need a REALLY GOOD listen. Lots of adventure and mayhem as Jacky and the girls from the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls are abducted by slavers and have to figure out how to rescue themselves from the belly of The Bloodhound.

Meg Mcconk
Sep 30, 2014 Meg Mcconk rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 23, 2015 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Current mood: me, screaming, "DON'T BE LAST OFF THE BLOODY SHIP, YOU FOOL!" I thought this series couldn't get any better, I really did.
Aug 27, 2011 Clodagh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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...'
Kimberly Gordon
Surprisingly good

I had my doubts when I read the summary of this book. The plot seemed a bit incredulous, or more so than some of the other books, but it was quite good. All of the Bloody Jack books have a few dark undertones and themes to them, but I thought this one was darker and heavier than the others. I thought the author handled the theme of slavery very well and did a great job of humanizing its horrors. The difficult plot and theme are a true testament to L.A. Meyer's considerable writi
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Louis A. Meyer is best known as the author of the Bloody Jack novels. He was also a painter and the author of two children's picture books, and he and his wife owned 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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Other Books in the Series

Bloody Jack (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • 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)
  • Rapture of the Deep: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, Soldier, Sailor, Mermaid, Spy (Bloody Jack, #7)
  • The Wake of the Lorelei Lee: Being an Account of the Adventures of Jacky Faber, on her Way to Botany Bay (Bloody Jack, #8)
  • The Mark of the Golden Dragon: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, Jewel of the East, Vexation of the West, and Pearl of the South China Sea (Bloody Jack, #9)
  • Viva Jacquelina! Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, Over the Hills and Far Away (Bloody Jack, #10)
  • Boston Jacky: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, Taking Care of Business (Bloody Jack, #11)

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