Sunday, September 26, 2010

FURTHER ADVENTURES OF JACKY FABER



UNDER THE JOLLY ROGER
By L.A. Meyer
2005
518 pages

From Inside Cover:
After leaving the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls in Boston-under dire circumstances, of course Jacky boards a whaling ship bound for London, where she hopes to be reunited at last with her beloved Jaimy. But when she sees Jaimy holding hands with a beautiful young woman, Jacky's bent for jumping to conclusions sends her off on an unexpected wild misadventure at sea. Taken aboard a ship against her will, Jacky thwarts the advances of its crazy captain, rallies the sailors to her side, and ultimately gains command of a ship in His Majesty's Royal Navy. But Jackie's adventures don't end there...Before she knows it, she's being called a pirate-and there's a price on her head!
My thoughts:
Picking up a Jacky Faber book is like getting in touch with a long lost friend. Grab a cup a coffee, settle in to a comfy spot and get ready to listen.
Under the Jolly Roger-Being an Account of the Further Nautical Adventures of Jacky Faber is the 3rd book in the series. The year is 1804 and our spirited heroine Jacky is 15. She's left the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls(in ashes) and high tailed it out of Boston. The story picks up where Jacky has arrived in London after a few months aboard a whaling ship. London is where she finally hopes to find her long lost love Jaimy who she hasn't seen or heard from in months. Of course things don't go as planned and when Jacky finally meets up with Jaimy at the racetrack he is with another girl. Jacky flees the scene broken hearted only to be kidnapped by a gang press who mistaken her for a boy. She is taken aboard the HMS Wolverine where it is discovered that she is indeed a female. Unfortunately for Jacky the captain of the ship decides that she should stay on the ship and service him.
Thankfully Jacky finds her way out of the nasty situation, rises to the rank of privateer and takes charge of the British warship. And this is only the beginning of Jacky's story!
This book has it all...adventure, piracy, and romance. AND a character you are sure to fall in love with. Jacky has brains and heart.
I can't wait to catch up with her in book #4 In the Belly of the Bloodhound where her misadventures are sure to continue.
I recommend this book for readers 12 and up. There is violence and a PG sexual situation(involving the captain).
This book is available for check out at the Salmon Public Library. As is the first two books in the series.

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