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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
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Sep 21, 2010

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bookshelves: young-adult, library-shelf-browsing, historical
Read in March, 2005

In this novel, a 13-year-old girl of the early 19th century begins a voyage from England to her home in America. Through a series of misfortunes, she is without a chaperone, and comes aboard a ship with sailors who are planning a mutiny against a captain who escaped legal justice. She ends up acting as a sailor on the ship, doing all of the work that any of the men do, subject to their pain and their punishments. She kept a detailed journal of the events.

When she arrived home, expecting that her family would greet her with pleasure, and that her parents would recognize her actions as just and reasonable, she is disappointed. Ultimately, she runs away from home to return to the ship she sailed on, and continue in the life of a sailor.

This was an interesting book. It was sad, because the girl was so changed by her experiences that she no longer fit into her family and the place that they had planned for her. It was sad because these circumstances were beyond her control and she continually acted in the way that she believed her father would want her to, and he rejected all of her actions as unnatural and forbade her ever to speak of them again.

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