Author: Meyer, L.A.
Narrator: Katherine Kellgren
Format: Digital Download
Length: 8 Hours
Life as a ship's boy aboard HMS Dolphin is a dream come true for Jacky Faber. Gone are the days of scavenging for food and fighting for survival on the streets of eighteenth-century London. Instead, Jacky is becoming a skilled and respected sailor as the crew pursues pirates on the high seas.
There's only one problem: Jacky is a girl. And she will have to use every bit of her spirit, wit, and courage to keep the crew from discovering her secret. This could be the adventure of her life--if only she doesn't get caught...
The Bloody Jack Adventure books are available from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
YALSA's Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults List
Booklist's 'Starred' Review
Publishers Weekly's 'Starred' Review
Booklist's Editors' Choice
Foreword Magazine Audiobook of the Year
L.A. Meyer received a master of fine arts from Boston University, and was the curator and exhibitor at the Clair de Loon Gallery in Bar Harbor, Maine.
ALSO FROM LA MEYER
Curse of the Blue Tattoo
Under The Jolly Roger
In The Belly of the Bloodhound
My Bonny Light Horseman
Rapture of the Deep
The Wake of the Lorelei Lee
The Mark of the Golden Dragon
Wild Rover No More
Katherine Kellgren has recorded over sixty audiobooks including Bloody Jack, which was the winner of an Audie Award, a Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award, and ForeWord Magazine's Audiobook of the Year. Both Bloody Jack and its sequel Curse of the Blue Tattoo were named Odyssey Honor Titles by the American Library Association in 2008 and 2009 respectively. She has appeared onstage in London, New York, and Frankfurt. Her recent work includes everything from the role of Laura in a regional production of The Glass Menagerie to appearances on Comedy Central. She is a graduate of The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.
Booklist (Starred Review)
"Kellgren's flexible British accent easily captures the seafaring atmosphere and Jacky's emotions as she tries to hide her true identity from her mates and superiors. She consistently maintains Jacky's Cockney accent, Irish sailor Liam's brogue, and a Jamaican seaman's Caribbean lilt, excellently reflecting the varied nationalities and personalities onboard. Jacky's appearance attracts the attention of a slimy pedophile, portrayed by Kellgren in sinister, suggestive tones. Jacky eventually falls in love with a boy on the ship who learns of Jacky's true gender, and in a memorable scene onshore, Kellgren's high-pitched tones easily mimic Jacky's successful attempt to imitate the voice of an island girl to deceive her shipmates. Nautical music introducing and concluding the work adds to the mood, as does Kellgren's impressive singing of a ballad. Populated with wicked sailors, midshipmen, and a close-knit group of ship's boys, this rousing historical tale is an appealing choice for fans of adventures, sea stories, and gutsy girls."
Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
"And with award-winning narrator Kellgren at the helm, the result is pure magic. She creates authentic character voices, switching effortlessly among Mary's Cockney, the melodic Irish lilt of sailor Liam, the educated American voice of schoolmaster Tilden, the chillingly sinister, leering tone of Jacob Sloat and many other voices without missing a beat. Her acting is also first-rate: her tone of pride as Mary boasts of her achievements, her tenderness as she speaks of Jaimy, the boy she secretly falls in love with, and the sheer terror in her voice during scenes of violence and danger will have listeners on the edge of their seats. For tweens and teens caught up in this summer's Pirate Fever, Bloody Jack is the perfect audiobook to make those long family car trips fly by."
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