By L. A. Meyer
Existence as a ship's boy aboard HMS Dolphin is a dream come precise for Jacky Faber. long past are the times of scavenging for meals and combating for survival at the streets of eighteenth-century London. as an alternative, Jacky is turning into a talented and revered sailor because the workforce pursues pirates at the excessive seas.There's just one challenge: Jacky is a woman. and he or she should use each piece of her spirit, wit, and braveness to maintain the workforce from researching her mystery. this is able to be the journey of her life--if in simple terms she does not get stuck. . . .
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Like Pigger O'Toole and Dirty Henry. Ye want to be with them? That's why I only runs the readin' game ever' few days so's nobody'd notice ye and why I'm always on the outer edge of the crowd keepin' me eye peeled for some cove checkin' ye out. " Charlie stops to see if I'm gettin' this. I am. "And if a big and nasty gang don't get ye, then one of the printers'd see that ye could be of some use to him and without the bother of an apprentice, 'cause no girl's ever an apprentice in the trades, and he'd take ye and use ye for setting words for a while and then he'd take ye and use ye for other things when ye got older and then he'd throw ye out.
1942- Bloody Jack: being an account of the curious adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, ship's boy/L. A. Meyer p. cm. Summary: Reduced to begging and thievery in the streets of London, a thirteen-year-old orphan disguises herself as a boy and connives her way onto a British warship set for high sea adventure in search of pirates. [1. Orphans—Fiction. 2. Seafaring life—Fiction. 3. Sea stories. 4. Pirates—Fiction. 5. ] I. Title. M9795B1 2002 [Fic]—dc21 2002000759 ISBN 0-15-216731-5 Text set in Minion Display set in Pabst Designed by Cathy Riggs G H F Printed in the United States of America As always, for Annetje Prologue My name is Jacky Faber and in London I was born, but, no, I wasn't born with that name.
I sort of thought that, I did. But, no. Nothin' now. In the mornin' it begins to rain and I'm wet again. I walks on and don't scare up no food this day, neither, and I knows that body and soul might start to separate themselves soon if I don't get some right quick. I lie down on a bed of stones in a dark alley when night comes and the cobblestones bite me skin where me bones poke through and I'm thinkin' that I ain't never slept alone before and I don't like it. I misses the feel and smell of the others in our cozy kip when we were in for the night.