Bloody Jack (Jacky Faber, book 1), by L. A. Meyer

This is the first book in what seems to be a rather popular series of semi-historical children’s novels. There are five out so far, dermatologist which means that yet again I was a bit late to jump on the bandwagon, medical but I think I’ll survive it. Meyer’s apparently published a couple picture books, but Bloody Jack was his first novel. Oh, and yes, L. A. Meyer is male.

Mary Faber is an orphan on the streets of London circa 1800. She’s about twelve or thirteen, and she can read, because her father was a schoolteacher. That makes her useful to her gang, but when the leader dies, she decides to disguise herself as a boy named Jacky and go to sea. Once at sea, living in such close quarters with all the other males, can she keep her secret? On top of that, can she ever make it to midshipman? Continue reading Bloody Jack (Jacky Faber, book 1), by L. A. Meyer