Sherwood Smith's Reviews > Curse of the Blue Tattoo: Being an Account of the Misadventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman and Fine Lady

Curse of the Blue Tattoo by L.A. Meyer
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Mar 19, 2011

bookshelves: historical-novel

In this second book, her masquerade discovered, Jacky is put into a school to become a fine lady. Famous names in Boston history abound, all breathed delightfully to life. If I were teaching eighth grade US history instead of fifth, these books, certainly the second, would be required reading. I do think some issues might be a bit more than most fifth graders could handle, but eighth and up these would be a great way to bring history to life. In the third book, Jackie takes off on a whaler, ends up on a king's ship again—but under dreary circumstances. Jackie is up to the challenge, though she has ambivalent feelings about her own instinct for dashing right into trouble. For a brief, glorious time she's a privateer captain.

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