The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

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The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
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Release Date
September 01, 1990
ISBN
0380714752
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An ocean voyage of unimaginable consequences... 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. Be warned, however: If strong ideas and action offend you, read no more. Find another companion to share your idle hours. For my part I intend to tell the truth as I lived it.

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Lovely Read
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Reader reviewed by Daisy



Young
Charlotte Doyle has boarded the Seahawk. She plans to have a pleasant trip
across the Atlantic Ocean to where her family awaits her in America. But that
is not at all what the crew and captain have planned.



         It
seems the crew and the captain has a dark history aboard this boat. The captain
is nervous, the crew angry, and Charlotte scared. She has received many strange
warnings to get off the boat while she can, but Charlotte, stubborn as she is, refuses
to leave. They set off and one thing turns into another, sides have been chosen,
and most horrible of all, Charlotte Doyle is accused of murder. 



         Avi
has told a delightful tale of a young girl fighting between what is proper and what
her heart believes. Great read and it deserves the Newberry Honor placed on its
cover proudly. 






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All hands! All hands!
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Reader reviewed by Kiwie

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle pulled me in immediately. Others have mentioned in their reviews, the first part of the book can be boring, but I didn't think it was. There was no action, no drama, just getting to know Charlotte, but action came. It was somewhat easy to see through the plot, but it was enjoyable still.

Charlotte changed a lot from the first page to the last, and it might seem like too much of a change, but considering how she was trained to behave and think, it was no surprise. I would have done the same thing if I was her! I think this is a book worth reading, but perhaps you should stay away if you like it to start with the action on page 1.


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Girls can do anything boys can do.
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Reader reviewed by Megannx3

Wow, i read this book back in 6th grade, and it was actually a school book that i enjoyed. i got wrapped up in Charlotte's life.  + i can still remember this book 3 years later. Charlotte is a 13 year old girl trying to live her own life, but her parents keep living her life for her. Charlotte is being sent to boarding school on a ship. So many tings happen on the ship. Charlotte ends up at the end on her return home is now one of the sailors. She is being charged of MURDER! Can you belive it?!

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Great Read Aloud
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Reader reviewed by Hanske

What an awesome adventure book!  I have read this story to my 6th graders and they love it.  I have to admit, the beginning it a little bit slow, however once it picks up, the kids won't let you put it down! 

It is a great story featuring a female lead who is supposed to be prim and proper, but has a mindset of her own!  She gets involved in a suspenseful trial and is charged for murder.  Even the boys in the crowd love this high-sea tale.  Written by a great author, I would highly recommend this book to any reader ready to 'sail' through a book!


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Captures the Time Period
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Reader reviewed by Ema

I thought this book was incredible. Avi truly captures the time period and transports you back into the 1700s. All the prejudice and talk that woman are delicate flowers really just helps you root for the main charecter even more.

The book is about a girl named Charlotte, who is the only passenger going to America. While on the ship she meets a lot of obstacles and has to decide whether to help good or evil. The problem is she isn't sure which is which.

It really is a page turner and you just get so caught up with it. You start to dislike the charecters, or love them, or wish they would walk the plank.

The end of the story truly is scary, chilling, and brilliant. Please give this book a chance.
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Reader reviewed by Eve

This book is a story about a girl accused of murder. Charlotte Doyle is a girl traveling to America on a ship. For some reason the other people who were to accompany her have not come. She still goes the only female on the ship. While she is on the ship she becomes an aquaintance to the men and the captain who she respects and admires.

After a mutiny that has not yet taken place is discovered by Charlotte she warns the captain and their is a struggle on the ship. After finally viewing the captain's cruelty Charlotte no longer admires him and soon becomes one of the crew. However, after a tradgedy happens everyone seems to turn on Charlotte and believes she has committed murder.
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boring,bad,garbage
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Reader reviewed by Jessica M.

This was an awful book about a girl who is on a ship called the Seahawk. I do not like stories about ships and this one is no excepton. I had to read this book for Language Arts! I HATED IT!!!! In fact,I missed two questions on my Accelerated Reading test on the computer. That is how bad it is;I don't recommend it to anyone.
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Deep Breath
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Reader reviewed by Aimee

This is a book few people -- patient people -- can enjoy. It's well writen and Avi brings a lot to her books, but this book has a split personality. It begins boring, Avi adds exitment and even a little horror, but when you close the book you're left with an unsatisfied air. I don't recomend this book unless you are a patient person.

Once more, and again! -Aimee
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An adventure from the high seas
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Reader reviewed by Bettina

Charlotte is a proper young lady from endland in the year 1832. When her father is called back to America in the middle of the school year it is decided that Charlotte will stay behind until the end of her school year. Then she would go on the overseas voyage with two other families.

Everything goes wrong when she boards the ship. The two families are not able to go on the voyage with Charlotte, so she has to go alone as the only female onboard. After she boards, Charlotte comes down with a terrible case of seasickness and she has to gain her "sea legs". But, Charlotte's sea sickness lasts for so long that the ship has already left the port when she gets better. Also, Charlotte becomes framed for a crime she did not commit, a murder

In the beginning, Charlotte is a proper young lady so she thinks all of the sailors except Captain Jaggery as not equal to her. Charlotte's views change soon as well as her physical appearence and her way of thinking. Charlotte changes mentally and physically on her trip across the ocean. But, will her parents approve of her change?

I thought that this was a pretty good book. The author, Avi, used many good descriptions. He makes the reader wonder what will happen next.
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not great
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Reader reviewed by artemis

This book didn't really do anything for me. I felt the same way as I did before I read the book--bored. I read this once and plan on reading it again. It is uninspiring and empty. The first half of the book is a waste of time. The excitement picks up only toward the middle and doesn't last very long. And Charlotte doesn't strike me as the brave type. She constantly frets over everything. The ending is predictable, because you knew her family wouldn't believe her story. So she winds up going back to her crew and living out her adventures on the high seas--again. The only character that stayed with me was one of the crew members--the man with the blond hair, the Scottish accent and the mermaid tattoo.
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