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Curse of the Blue Tattoo: Being an Account of the Misadventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman and Fine
ISBN: 9780152054595
Author: Meyer, Louis A.
Publisher: Harcourt Paperbacks
Published: August 2005
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Annotation: In the follow up to "Bloody Jack," May "Jacky" Faber is forced to leave the "Dolphin" and attend an elite school for girls in Boston. But growing up on the streets of London and fighting pirates never prepared Jacky for her toughest battle yet: learning how to be a lady.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Orphans; Fiction.
Sex role; Fiction.
Friendship; Fiction.
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2005017210
Lexile Measure: 1120
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Series: Bloody Jack Adventures
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
BISAC category: JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / General
Target Age Group: Age 12-14
Target Grade: Grade 7-9
Grade level: Grade 7-9
Physical Information: 1.33" H x 6.91" L x 4.52" W 495 pages
Lexile Level: 1120
Bargain Category: Action & Adventure, High School, Historical Fiction, Middle School, Social Issues
Grade level(s): 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 78252
Reading Level: 5.7   Interest Level: Middle Grades   Point Value: 21.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q36448
Reading Level: 8.6   Interest Level: Grades 9-12   Point Value: 28.0
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
After being forced to leave HMS "Dolphin" and Jaimy, her true love, Jacky Faber is making a new start at the elite Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls in Boston. But growing up on the streets of London and fighting pirates never prepared Jacky for her toughest battle yet: learning how to be a fine lady.
"Everything" she does is wrong. Her embroidery is deplorable, her French is atrocious, and her table manners--disgusting Then there's the small matter of her blue anchor tattoo. . . .
Despite her best efforts, Jacky can't seem to stay out of trouble long enough to dedicate herself to being ladylike. But what fun would that be, anyway?

Contributor Bio(s):
L.A. MEYER was an art teacher, an illustrator, a designer, and a naval officer before he began to write about the impetuous Jacky Faber. He currently operates an art gallery with his wife near their home in a small fishing village on the coast of Maine.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2004 Fall)
The plot never falters in this rousing sequel to [cf2]Bloody Jack[cf1]. Spunky Jacky Faber, sent to Mistress Pimm's school for some refining and polishing, brings down a murderer and saves a family's fortune, then racks up a few side adventures that take her to the darker streets of early-nineteenth-century Boston. Copyright 2004 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2004 #4)
When readers last saw Jacky Faber (Bloody Jack, rev. 1/03), she was ending her brief career as a ship's mate, saying goodbye to her true love Jaimy, and heading off for refining and polishing at Mistress Pimm's school in Boston. While some of the hoity-toity girls ridicule her, one becomes her friend, and together they bring down a murderer and save a family's fortune. Spunky Jacky racks up a few side adventures of her own that take her to the darker streets of early-nineteenth-century Boston, acquainting her with those who live below stairs and in pubs and brothels. One sorrow clouds her happiness: guardians and parents, respectively, plot to keep her and Jaimy apart. Jacky develops a social veneer that reveals itself through her increasingly polished language but doesn't obliterate her individualism. The plot never falters, and Jacky's many talents (a Jacky-of-all-trades, she can sing, dance, jockey, embroider, and climb a ship's mast) create a Stratemeyer-like heroine, albeit one who inhabits a far superior literary world than did Tom Swift and Nancy Drew before her. Copyright 2004 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2005 September #1)

In this second installment of the series begun with Bloody Jack (which PW called "a rattling good read"), Mary "Jacky" Faber goes ashore, enrolled in the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls in Boston where she helps solve a murder mystery. Ages 12-up. (Aug.)

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Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2004 June #3)
The heroine who masqueraded as the title character in Bloody Jack, which PW called "a rattling good read," returns in the engaging Curse of the Blue Tattoo: Being an Account of the Misadventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman and Fine Lady by L. A. Meyer. Jacky, now enrolled in the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls in Boston, tussles with her well-to-do schoolmates, gets arrested for singing and dancing at the harbor and helps solve a murder mystery. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2004 July)
Gr 8 Up-In this sequel to Bloody Jack (Harcourt, 2002), Meyer continues the adventures of the wild and wanton Jacky, who sailed aboard HMS Dolphin as a crewmember until it was discovered that he was really a girl. Here, she must leave her true love, Jaimy, when she is put ashore in Boston for a new start at an elite girls' school. She describes her snobbish classmates and the failed attempts of the headmistress to make a lady out of her. A natural show-off, Jacky loves to play her pennywhistle and dance on the streets. When she is arrested and jailed for showing some knee, she is demoted to serving girl. She hooks up with a drunken violin player to perform in taverns to earn money to get back to England and her Jaimy. With her propensity for plunging headfirst into trouble, the irrepressible Jacky rolls quickly from one adventure to another. As the story ends, she signs onto a whaler bound for England, leaving an opening for a third volume. Meyer does an excellent job of conveying life in Boston in 1803, particularly the rights, or lack thereof, of women. Jacky's headstrong certainty that she's in control and her cocky first-person account make her a memorable heroine. The narrative is full of lecherous men, and Jacky herself is free in her ways. This fact and the sometimes-strong language make this book more appropriate for older readers. Sure to please fans of the first title, this adventure-packed historical novel also stands on its own.-Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, ME Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.