The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle Book Review

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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi is a compelling book. A quote from the story says: "A sailor chooses the wind that takes the ship from a safe port. Ah, yes, but once you're abroad, as you have seen, winds have a mind of their own. Be careful, Charlotte, careful of the wind you choose." The adventure and courage in this story kept me wanting to read more.

Charlotte Doyle is a thirteen-year-old girl. She is traveling to America on a ship to be reunited with her family. The year is 1832 and she is leaving Liverpool, England. She has just finished at an all-girls private school. Charlotte is the daughter of a wealthy shipping businessman. Captain Jaggery is the captain of the Seahawk. He is very strict and proper. People are afraid of him and when Charlotte first boards the ship, she is not sure why. They become friends right away and Captain Jaggery asks her to keep an eye on the crew. Zachariah is an older black man who is the cook on the ship. He gives Charlotte a dirk and warns her that the captain is dangerous. One day she finds a round robin which means that the crew is rebelling against the captain. She tells the captain right away and things turn bad when he kills Zachariah. They become enemies and Charlotte realizes she has no other choice but to become part of the crew. Then the first mate, Mr. Hollybrass, is murdered. Captain Jaggery accuses Charlotte and locks her up to await her trial. She is going to be tried by her shipmates.

I thought that this book was adventurous and exciting. The author gave a lot of detail and the story line was very interesting. I liked the plot because it was exciting and Charlotte goes through a big change in the story. The book kept me wondering what would happen next. I did not like how the story ended though because it is probably not what I would have done. I could relate to Charlotte when she wanted to help the crew and become a part of them because that is how I would have felt to. I would have felt...
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