The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi (1990)

Charlotte is a proper teenage English girl in 1832, traveling by ship from Liverpool, England to Providence, Rhode Island to join her family.  Shockingly she finds upon arriving at the dock that not only are her adult chaperones unable to join her on the multi-week journey, but she is the only passenger aboard ship and the ONLY girl!

Charlotte.jpg Charlotte, determined to stay calm and make the crossing anyway, puts herself in the care of the gentleman captain and begins the long voyage alone.

But something’s not right.

Hidden weapons, a secret prisoner, public floggings and whispered threats turn her world view upside down —  suddenly she’s right in the middle of a full-blown mutiny!  But who’s side is right??  The respectable captain or the mangy crew?

In a rash moment she trades in her ruffled dresses and petticoats for sea-rags and joins the crew!  But has she made the right decision?  Who is telling the truth?  Who is lying?  Who can she trust?  And WHO is trying to kill her?

Be prepared to find yourself sitting in the hallway after your children are asleep reading the next chapter — or finishing The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle  all by yourself!

Middle Grade Reading Level, 240 pages, Mutiny, Action, Adventure,Newberry Honor Book, Published 1990.

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