The true confessions of Charlotte Doyle

Author Avi,
Language English
Publisher
Scholastic, $6.99., 2012




Annotation:

As the only passenger, and the only female, on a transatlantic voyage in 1832, thirteen-year-old Charlotte finds herself caught between a murderous captain and a mutinous crew.



Subjects :

  • Ships
  • Self-perception
  • Sex role
  • Mutiny
  • Sea stories
  • Fiction

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Best Books :

  • Adventuring with Books: A Booklist for PreK-Grade 6, Tenth Edition, 1993 National Council of Teachers of English
  • Cliffhangers, 2003 Bank Street College of Education
  • Middle And Junior High School Library Catalog, Eighth Edition, 2000 H.W. Wilson
  • Middle and Junior High School Library Catalog, Ninth Edition, 2005 H.W. Wilson
  • Notable Children's Books, 1991 Association for Library Service to Children
  • Booklist Editors' Choice: Books for Youth, 1990 American Library Association
  • Children's Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001 H.W. Wilson
  • Children's Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006 H.W. Wilson
  • Kirkus Book Review Stars, 1990
  • Middle and Junior High School Library Catalog, Supplement to the Ninth Edition, 2006 H.W. Wilson Company
  • Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts, 1990 NCTE Children's Literature Assembly
  • YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 1991 American Library Association
  • Read Alouds Too-Good-To-Miss , 1992 Indiana Library Federation

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Awards, Honors & Prizes :

  • Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Excellence in Children's Literature, 1991 Winner United States
  • Golden Kite Award, 1991 Award Book United States
  • John Newbery Medal, 1991 Honor Book United States
  • Judy Lopez Memorial Award for Children's Literature, 1991 Winner California United States
  • Massachusetts Children's Book Award, 1996 Winner Massachusetts
  • Sunshine State Young Reader's Award, 1994 Winner Florida
  • Utah Children's, Informational, and Young Adults' Book Awards, 1994 Winner Utah
  • Newbery Honor Book, 1991
  • ABC Children's Booksellers Choices Award, 1991 Winner United States
  • Evergreen Young Adult Book Award, 1993 Winner Washington
  • Jefferson Cup Award, 1991 Honor Book Virginia

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State & Provincial Reading List :

  • Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award, 1993; Nominee Colorado
  • Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award, 1996; Nominee Colorado
  • Flicker Tale Children's Book Award, 1993; Nominee North Dakota
  • Golden Sower Award, 1993; Nominee Nebraska
  • Great Stone Face Award, 1991-1992; Nominee New Hampshire
  • Great Stone Face Award, 1992-1993; Nominee New Hampshire
  • Mark Twain Award, 1992-1993; Nominee Missouri
  • Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award, 1994-1995; Nominee Minnesota
  • MRA Reader's Choice Award, 1996; Nominee Michigan
  • Prairie Pasque Award, 1993; Nominee South Dakota
  • Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award, 1993; Nominee Illinois
  • Utah Children's Book Awards, 1994; Nominee Utah
  • Virginia State Young Readers' Award, 1993; Nominee Virginia
  • Voice of Youth Award, 2002-2003; Nominee Illinois
  • William Allen White Children's Book Award, 1992-1993; Master List Kansas

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Reading Measurement Programs:


0380714752, 9780380714759, 0380728850
Avon Books/Hearst (New York NY:) 1990.

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Middle Grade
Book Level 5.3
Accelerated Reader Points 8

Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.

Lexile Measure 740
Accelerated Reader Points

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 6-8
Reading Level 7
Accelerated Reader Points 13


0030547091, 9780030547096
Holt Rinehart and Winston (Austin:) 1999.

Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.

Lexile Measure 740
Accelerated Reader Points


999999
Orchard Books (New York:) 2003.

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Middle Grade
Book Level 5.3
Accelerated Reader Points 8

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 6-8
Reading Level 7
Accelerated Reader Points 13

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Reviews :

Barbara A. Zynda (KLIATT Review, June 1992 (Vol. 26, No. 5))
What is left to say about a book that has been the recipient of a string of awards? Charlotte's terrifying adventure aboard the Seahawk in 1832 is a thrilling story. However, even more compelling is what she comes to learn on this voyage that leads her to reject stifling feminine roles and return to an "unnatural" life at sea. Young readers need to hear this young woman's voice from long ago who acted according to her conscience rather than according to the patriarchal rules society inflicted on women. (An ALA Best Book for YAs.) KLIATT Codes: J*--Exceptional book, recommended for junior high school students. 1990, Avon/Flare, 232p. 18cm. 90-30624, $3.99. Ages 12 to 15.
(PUBLISHER: Avon Books/Hearst (New York NY:), PUBLISHED: c1990.)

Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)
In this crackling good yarn--a Newbery Honor book--a 13-year-old girl must extricate herself from a perilous position during an 1832 transatlantic voyage. Ages 12-up. (Apr.)
(PUBLISHER: Avon Books/Hearst (New York NY:), PUBLISHED: c1990.)

Jan Lieberman (Children's Literature)
Charlotte's journal of her transatlantic voyage, June 1832, as the only passenger on the brig Seahawk, is breathtaking reading. Always the obedient daughter, Charlotte sees no reason to change when she sails with Captain Jaggery and his 12-man crew. Loyal to him, she is the cause of the death of 2 of the seamen and becomes an enemy of the crew. When she discovers Jaggery's evil nature, she realizes she is in danger. The only way to gain the crew's trust is to become one of them. Her fearlessness is awesome and in this process of change, she becomes a spirited and independent young woman. 1993 (orig. 1990), Orchard/Avon/Thorndike Press, $16.95, $17.99, $4.50 and $15.95 . Ages 10 to 13.
(PUBLISHER: Orchard Books (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1990.)

Kirkus (Kirkus Reviews, 1990)
Returning from Britain in 1832 to her family in Rhode Island, 13-year-old Charlotte tangles with a tyrannical sea captain and his mutinous crew. In the book's first half, Charlotte paints a painfully chilling self-portrait of a girl brainwashed by her father into acceptance of male, and class, authority. But after persistently acting as Captain Jaggery's spy--long after the reader knows he's a villain--and even betraying the well-justified mutiny that's brewing, Charlotte makes a heroic turnaround in response to Jaggery's brutal lashing of Zachariah, the ship's cook as well as the wisest person (and only black man) aboard. She wins the crew's forgiveness by climbing to the royal yard (as they've dared her to do) and becomes one of them--only to find that, after such a taste of independence, home is not the safe harbor she imagined. Plucky Charlotte, whose hard-won competence as a sailor is paralleled by her moral growth, survives enough surprising reversals and suspense to rival the adventures of Jim Hawkins. Tautly plotted, vividly narrated, carefully researched: a thrilling tale deepened by its sober look at attitudes that may have been more exaggerated in the past but that still persist. 1990, Orchard/Watts, $14.95; PLB $14.99. Starred Review. © 1990 Kirkus Reviews/VNU eMedia, Inc. All rights reserved.
(PUBLISHER: Orchard Books (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1990.)

Jan Lieberman (Children's Literature)
Charlotte's journal of her transatlantic voyage, June 1832, as the only passenger on the brig Seahawk, is breathtaking reading. Always the obedient daughter, Charlotte sees no reason to change when she sails with Captain Jaggery and his 12-man crew. Loyal to him, she is the cause of the death of 2 of the seamen and becomes an enemy of the crew. When she discovers Jaggery's evil nature, she realizes she is in danger. The only way to gain the crew's trust is to become one of them. Her fearlessness is awesome and in this process of change, she becomes a spirited and independent young woman. 1993 (orig. 1990), Orchard/Avon/Thorndike Press, $16.95, $17.99, $4.50 and $15.95 . Ages 10 to 13.
(PUBLISHER: Orchard Books (New York:), PUBLISHED: 2003.)

CCBC (Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices, 1990)
Sailing as the only passenger (and only female) from England to Rhode Island is the extraordinary position in which Charlotte Doyle finds herself in June of 1832. The voyage's inevitable disasters are foreshadowed from the moment she boards the ship. Charlotte's class identification with Captain Jaggery blinds her to his manipulation of her naive loyalty, and to his cruelty to the crew. Her eventual alliance with the mutinous crew is possible only after calamitous events which expose her to previously unthought of realities about herself and others. Written in the romantic style of a 19th century adventure story, this thrilling tale relentlessly commands attention from the beginning to an entirely satisfying and unexpected conclusion. Honor Book, 1990 CCBC Newbery Book Discussion. CCBC categories: Fiction For Teenagers. 1990, Orchard Books, 215 pages, $14.95. Ages 12 and older.
(PUBLISHER: Orchard Books (New York:), PUBLISHED: 2003.)

Kirkus (Kirkus Reviews, 1990)
Returning from Britain in 1832 to her family in Rhode Island, 13-year-old Charlotte tangles with a tyrannical sea captain and his mutinous crew. In the book's first half, Charlotte paints a painfully chilling self-portrait of a girl brainwashed by her father into acceptance of male, and class, authority. But after persistently acting as Captain Jaggery's spy--long after the reader knows he's a villain--and even betraying the well-justified mutiny that's brewing, Charlotte makes a heroic turnaround in response to Jaggery's brutal lashing of Zachariah, the ship's cook as well as the wisest person (and only black man) aboard. She wins the crew's forgiveness by climbing to the royal yard (as they've dared her to do) and becomes one of them--only to find that, after such a taste of independence, home is not the safe harbor she imagined. Plucky Charlotte, whose hard-won competence as a sailor is paralleled by her moral growth, survives enough surprising reversals and suspense to rival the adventures of Jim Hawkins. Tautly plotted, vividly narrated, carefully researched: a thrilling tale deepened by its sober look at attitudes that may have been more exaggerated in the past but that still persist. 1990, Orchard/Watts, $14.95; PLB $14.99. Starred Review. © 1990 Kirkus Reviews/VNU eMedia, Inc. All rights reserved.
(PUBLISHER: Orchard Books (New York:), PUBLISHED: 2003.)

Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)
Told in the form of a recollection, these ``confessions'' cover 13-year-old Charlotte's eventful 1832 transatlantic crossing. She begins her trip a prim schoolgirl returning home to her American family from England. From the start, there is something wrong with the Seahawk : the families that were to serve as Charlotte's chaperones do not arrive, and the unsavory crew warns her not to make the trip. When the crew rebels, Charlotte first sides with the civilized Captain Jaggerty, but before long she realizes that he is a sadist and--the only female aboard--she joins the crew as a seaman. Charlotte is charged with murder and sentenced to be hanged before the trip is over, but ends up in command of the Seahawk by the time it reaches its destination. Charlotte's repressive Puritanical family refuses to believe her tale, and the girl returns to the sea. Charlotte's story is a gem of nautical adventure, and Avi's control of tone calls to mind William Golding's 1980s trilogy of historical novels of the sea. Never wavering from its 19th century setting, the novel offers suspense and entertainment modern-day readers will enjoy. Ages 11-13. (Oct.)
(PUBLISHER: Orchard Books (New York:), PUBLISHED: 2003.)

Cathryn M. Mercier (The Five Owls, January/February 1991 (Vol. 5, No. 3))
Not every thirteen-year-old girl is accused of murder, brought to trial, and found guilty." This direct opening line powerfully launches a novel of extraordinary achievement and resonance. In 1832, Miss Doyle aspires to be a proper young lady: coiffed, pristinely dressed, and exquisitely well-mannered. She strives for perfection and parental approval. In mid-June, Charlotte embarks on the Seahawk to journey from her school in Liverpool, England, to her family, newly relocated in Providence, Rhode Island. Despite the abandonment of all other passengers and explicit warnings not to board ship, Charlotte obediently follows her father's arrangements and embarks upon this troubled, dangerous voyage. An adolescent of resolute will and civilized expectations, she contacts Captain Jaggery, hoping to ease her arduous trip. The captain reminds her of dear Papa: she ignores the crew's hostility toward him and insists upon casting him as her hero. Avi tells this story in the first person, unfolding Charlotte's forceful characterization in honest journal entries. He subtly reveals Charlotte's metamorphosis on numerous levels. The journal catalogs her growing suspicions and questions. She exchanges her polished boots and high-buttoned collars for common sailor's garb. She assumes first the duties, then the attitudes of a crew member and holds onto the dagger given to her by the ship's cook. Charlotte faces grim realizations and mortal moral decisions, but her voice never wavers. Control and refinement mark her language and similarly distinguish Avi's stylistic expertise. As she slowly reacts to the crew's volatile temperament and witnesses Jaggery's cruelties, Charlotte reaches a jolting epiphany: she most choose between her romantic ideals and humane mutiny. The tempestuous sea echoes the turbulence on the ship and within Charlotte's heart and mind. Her struggle will fully engage readers, who will find themselves cheering the improbable but deeply satisfying conclusion. Avi blends an innovative mixture of history and fiction, as seen previously in The Fighting Ground and The Man Who Was Poe, with the chilling realism of Wolf Rider to create this accomplished novel. Expertly crafted and consistently involving, it is sure to excite, enthrall, and challenge readers. Applause extends to Ruth E. Murray's bold book jacket, evocative gray-and-white chapter decorations, and detailed appendix illustrations. 1990, Orchard, $14.95. Ages 11 to 13.
(PUBLISHER: Orchard Books (New York:), PUBLISHED: 2003.)

Adrian Jackson (Books for Keeps No. 69, July 1991)
A re-creation of life on a nineteenth-century sailing ship with a well-known cast of character types and dramatic happenings: inhuman captain, rebellious crew, attempted mutiny, murder and a storm at sea. It's well done, full of careful details (with helpful facts at the back) and, to give it a dash of novelty, the central character is a lone girl passenger who takes up with the crew and casts her dresses and tresses aside. Category: Middle/Secondary. . ...., Orchard, £4.99. Ages 10 to 14.
(PUBLISHER: Orchard, PUBLISHED: 1991.)

Recorded Books (Recorded Books, LLC.)
Avi’s swashbuckling tale of murder and mutiny on the high seas has a fascinating twist: the heroine is a 13-year-old girl. In 1832, Charlotte Doyle boards a ship bound for America and is caught in a battle between a mad captain and his ruthless crew. If you’re looking for an action-packed adventure story for girls, you’ll find it in The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle. n.d., Recorded Books, Unabridged CD - Library Edition; C3561, $60.75. Ages 10 to 14.
(PUBLISHER: Recorded Books Unabridged CD- Library Edition; C3561 $60.75., PUBLISHED: n.d.)

Sharon Grover (Audiofile, September 1992)
In 1832 thirteen-year-old Charlotte Doyle is sailing from Liverpool to Rhode Island to rejoin her family. Shocked to discover that the families who were to have been both guardians and companions will not accompany her, Charlotte embarks on a journey filled with terror and swashbuckling adventure. The first-person narrative makes this Newbery Honor book a wonderful choice for recording. O'Karma's reading, with its hint of cross-gender differentiation, allows the listener to feel as if Charlotte Doyle herself were relating the tale. This story should be particularly alluring to adolescent girls although the fast-paced action and the nautical setting will also appeal to male listeners. Ages 12-adult. S.G. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine Unabridged. , Recorded Books, Five cassettes cassettes, 6 hrs. 30 min., Book pak, $39.00. Ages 13 up.
(PUBLISHER: Recorded Books (Prince Frederick MD:), PUBLISHED: 1992.)

Recorded Books (Recorded Books, LLC.)
Avi’s swashbuckling tale of murder and mutiny on the high seas has a fascinating twist: the heroine is a 13-year-old girl. In 1832, Charlotte Doyle boards a ship bound for America and is caught in a battle between a mad captain and his ruthless crew. If you’re looking for an action-packed adventure story for girls, you’ll find it in The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle. n.d., Recorded Books, Unabridged Cassette - Library Edition; 92129, $46.75. Ages 10 to 14.
(PUBLISHER: Recorded Books (Prince Frederick MD:), PUBLISHED: 1992.)

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In 1832, the merchant ship Seahawk sets sail from England, and 13-year-old Charlotte finds that she is the only passenger. Mystery, suspicious, and then Charlotte is accused of murder.
(PUBLISHER: Scholastic, $6.99., PUBLISHED: 2012 (orig. 1990 and 2003))

Kristi Bernard (Children's Literature )
If you love a good mystery then pick through these pages and unravel its wonderful tale. But be warned, states Charlotte, “Not every thirteen-year-old girl is accused of murder, brought to trial, and found guilty. But I was just such a girl, and my story is worth relating even if it did happen years ago.” Charlotte Doyle boards the Seahawk to journey alone from England to America. With only Captain Jaggery and an old, black kitchen hand named Zachariah as potential friends, she attempts to find a way to remain a lady. As she shares a ship with an unruly and decrepit looking crew, her fears and imagination begin to take hold. Charlotte discovers a mysterious stowaway along with a plot of mutiny. She tells the Captain her fears and he gathers the crew. Charlotte is witness to the Captain’s rage and murder of the stowaway, and the whipping of Zachariah. As Charlotte attempts to save Zachariah she later learns that she insulted the Captain in front of his crew. Charlotte realizes that she has no allies on the ship. In order to make amends with the overworked crew she lends herself to become one of them. As she regains the trust of the crew her eyes are soon opened to the wrath of the Captain. It is up to her to survive the best she can. Originally published in 1990, this reissue will introduce new readers to Avi’s Newbery Honor book. 2012 (orig. 1990 and 2003), Scholastic,, $6.99. Ages 12 to 18.
(PUBLISHER: Scholastic, $6.99., PUBLISHED: 2012 (orig. 1990 and 2003))

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Publication Details:

  Publisher ISBN Notes
Scholastic, $6.99., 2012

Media Type:

9780545477116
0545477115
Waterville Me.: Thorndike Press, 2005

Media Type: Language Material
311 p.:
PZ7.A953 ([Fic])
078627252X
9780786272525
New York: Orchard Books, 2003

Media Type: Language Material
215 p.:
PZ7.A953 ([Fic])
053105893X
0439327318
9780531058930
9780439327312
"Includes a new preface from Avi and a discussion guide"-Cover p. [4].
St. Paul Minn.: EMC/Paradigm Pub., 2000

Media Type: Language Material
xvii 187 p. ;
PZ7.A953 ([Fic])
0821919830
9780821919835
Austin: Holt Rinehart and Winston, 1999

Media Type: Language Material
239 p. ;
PZ7.A953 ([Fic])
0030547091
9780030547096
Novel followed by narratives and excerpts from related stories and a biographical sketch of the author.
Thorndike Me.: Thorndike Press, 1993

Media Type: Language Material
289 p. (large print):
PZ7.A953 ([Fic])
1560545925
9781560545927
New York: Avon, 1992

Media Type: Language Material
p.
Prince Frederick MD: Recorded Books, 1992

Media Type: Nonmusical Sound Recording
5 sound cassettes (6.5 hr.):
(Avi)
1556905939
9781556905933
Orchard, 1991

Media Type: Language Material
[192]p.
(813.54)
1852133007
185213299X
9781852133009
9781852132996
New York NY: Avon Books/Hearst, 1990

Media Type: Language Material
232 p.:
(Do not use Use 90-30624)
0380714752
9780380714759
0380728850
9780380728855
"An Avon Flare book."
New York: Orchard Books, 1990

Media Type: Language Material
215 p.:
PZ7.A953 ([Fic])
053105893X
0531084930
9780531058930
9780531084939
"A Richard Jackson book"-Half t.p.
Recorded Books Unabridged CD- Library Edition; C3561 $60.75.,

Media Type:

9781419372704
141937270X
Recorded Books,

Media Type: Language Material
5ct.
([Fic])
0021329451
9780021329458

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