Publisher's Note:  

After leaving the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls in Boston—under dire circumstances, of course—Jacky Faber boards a whaling ship bound for London, where she hopes to find her beloved Jaimy. But things don’t go as planned, and soon Jacky is off on a wild misadventure at sea.

Under the Jolly Roger: Being an Account of the Further Nautical Adventures of Jacky Faber

by L.A. Meyer

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Overall Review:  

Oh, how I love Jacky Faber! In this third installment of her adventures, I found myself just as captivated as with the first two. Meyer's writing is intense and exciting, and her stories are fabulous. Every time I read the back cover of one of these books I wonder how it can possibly be as good as the others, and it always exceeds my expectations. 


This is a historical novel, and Meyer has clearly done her research. In the midst of adventure the reader learns a lot about 19th Century England and what life was like aboard a ship when the British ruled the seas. It's sometimes pretty realistic, and there are some scary, bloody moments during battle as well as the inevitable awkwardness of being a girl aboard a ship full of men of questionable moral standards. Seafaring is not for the faint of heart! Jacky rises above it all, however, and her virtue remains intact. Her indomitable spirit and friendliness serve to protect her and draw others to her who also offer protection. 


Girls who want in on the piratical adventures that historically belonged to the menfolk will find their heroine in Jacky!


Note: In terms of violence and language, think "Pirates of the Caribbean." In terms of sex, there are situations that are uncomfortable and even scary, but Meyer does a great job of relaying these historically plausible events in a way that younger readers won't catch on, and older readers will be able to handle.

Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language: 48 religious exclamations; 71 mild obscenities; 8 religious profanities; 19 derogatory names; 1 scatological word; 3 anatomical terms.


Violence/Gore: Several characters are beaten with no lasting injuries; several fistfights/swordfights take place with no serious injuries; sea battles result in serious injury and violent death for several characters; characters describe torture, murder, and placing of heads on pikes during the Irish rebellion against England; a character is lashed into unconsciousness (brief); a character dreams of violence being done to her; property is vandalized or destroyed several times; whalers capture a whale and cut it up in a brief, gory description; a character is killed with few details included; a few characters are jumped and attacked with no lasting injuries; a girl is dragged by the neck; a character lives with a rotting corpse for several days.


Sex/Nudity: Many times male characters look at females with lust; allusions are made to characters having sex; many jokes are told and songs are sung with innuendo; several references are made to loose women or prostitution; a rape is referred to; an adult male attempts to rape a teenaged girl (dies in the attempt); a character has her pants accidentally removed by a hook; a female character's clothes become revealingly wet; a female character removes her clothing and offers herself to two different males without results; references are made to Admiral Lord Nelson's illicit love affair and illegitimate child; several characters kiss briefly; female characters are briefly touched and groped by men a few times; an exotic dancer is referred to; a character removes clothing to receive medical care. 

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Childbirth; attempted rape.

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Sailors are often drunk; two prison guards are drugged; frequent underage drinking of wine; sailors frequently visit taverns. 

Reviewed By Leslie
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