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Middle school girls who know nothing whatsoever of history will undoubtedly find this book utterly enthralling I won t deny that the story is paced well and the prose is well constructed The problem is, it has no internal integrity Books with talking animals and intergalactic travel require less suspension of disbelief Charlotte makes a completely implausible personality shift An etiquette obsessed, well bred, snobbish, wealthy Victorian girl, in a fit of remorse, suddenly rejects her soc Middle school girls who know nothing whatsoever of history will undoubtedly find this book utterly enthralling I won t deny that the story is paced well and the prose is well constructed The problem is, it has no internal integrity Books with talking animals and intergalactic travel require less suspension of disbelief Charlotte makes a completely implausible personality shift An etiquette obsessed, well bred, snobbish, wealthy Victorian girl, in a fit of remorse, suddenly rejects her social status and joins a ship s crew We are supposed to swallow this, despite the fact that, at the beginning of the book, she completely believes in the values of her society that she is superior to the crew, that any type of physical labor is beneath her, etc That kind of value shift would take several months, maybe years, not the short time alloted in the book To think otherwise is to overlook the personality of the character in question and the deeply ingrained nature of social s Add to this the fact that Avi makes feeble attempts at duplicating the language of the time period, and I just couldn t handle the book On the strength of Avi s ability as a writer, I gave it two stars instead of one However, this book s complete failure to tell a story that is in keeping with the heroine s personality makes it, in my opinion, an unworthwhile read I adored this book as a teen Maybe it stretches credulity now But it fired my imagination and made me want to findbooks about girls who went adventuring in historical times, and for that I love it. When I was about 12 or 13 years old I read this book Before this book, I had read all other required material but was not a passionate or avid reader After this book I have a passion for reading and literature that is very strong I love the adventure and the imaginative dreams that follow such an adventure There are so many books that my mind is open up to now, and I really cannot imagine the idea of not loving to read.If you have a pre teen girl, that does not like to read currently I st When I was about 12 or 13 years old I read this book Before this book, I had read all other required material but was not a passionate or avid reader After this book I have a passion for reading and literature that is very strong I love the adventure and the imaginative dreams that follow such an adventure There are so many books that my mind is open up to now, and I really cannot imagine the idea of not loving to read.If you have a pre teen girl, that does not like to read currently I strongly suggest you get her this book It opened millions of doors for me, and I just really hope it would for her as well.This book is about a heroine of outstanding strength and moral character She teaches and shows that you are capable if you try A sailor chooses the wind that takes the ship from a safe port.Ah, yes, but once you re abroad, as you have seen, winds have a mind of their own Be careful, Charlotte, careful of the wind you choose One of my all time favorite books from my childhood Imagine that paperbacks like this one used to cost Canadians only 4.99 Awww the 90 s I was a huge fan of Avi when I was in grades 4 6 and The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle was my 1 favorite I decided to read it to my secondary 1 2 A sailor chooses the wind that takes the ship from a safe port.Ah, yes, but once you re abroad, as you have seen, winds have a mind of their own Be careful, Charlotte, careful of the wind you choose One of my all time favorite books from my childhood Imagine that paperbacks like this one used to cost Canadians only 4.99 Awww the 90 s I was a huge fan of Avi when I was in grades 4 6 and The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle was my 1 favorite I decided to read it to my secondary 1 2 grade 78 students as a read aloud, reading one chapter before the beginning of our lessons The transformation of Charlotte from the beginning of the story until the end, the fascinating insight into life on a 19th century ship, class differences, race differences, and intrigue on the high seas My students only disagreed with the author on one event that comes at the end of the story They were a bitbloodthirsty Lastly, it has one of those really great hooks at the beginning of the book Not every thirteen year old girl is accused of murder, brought to trial, and found guilty If I had known how awesome this book is, I might have read it sooner To be fair, I didn t even know this book existed until recently It s one of those books in my library that I hadn t noticed, and probably wouldn t have noticed if my sister and friend hadn t read it, loved it and started urging me to pick it up I m so glad I listened to their advice and I seriously regret not picking this up sooner This book is SO entertaining and so brilliant and just so good It s historical fiction, but If I had known how awesome this book is, I might have read it sooner To be fair, I didn t even know this book existed until recently It s one of those books in my library that I hadn t noticed, and probably wouldn t have noticed if my sister and friend hadn t read it, loved it and started urging me to pick it up I m so glad I listened to their advice and I seriously regret not picking this up sooner This book is SO entertaining and so brilliant and just so good It s historical fiction, but it s not dull or boring, not even for a sentence The MC s transition and journey is so well done and the story is pulled off so well I need a moment to applaud this book, OK Sometimes the language felt rather formal but I understand the author s reasoning for writing the book it that style, it is supposed to be Charlotte writing about her life after all, and she did live in the 19th century On a totally random note, this would make a epic movie Can someone please make a movie out of this Pretty please If it was handled well, and followed the book pretty accurately, it would be flipping AWESOME This book is B R I L L I A N T and absolutely, 100% deserves the 4.5 star rating that I am gifting it Avi is an incredibly accomplished author, and this smoothly written work is well constructed with a good dose of adventure However, I disliked the heroine intensely and found it extremely implausible that a young lady of her disposition and upbringing should so utterly and permanently reject nearly all societal s and roles she was taught to revere in such a short time period Moreover, it was absolutely unbelievable that the crew would accept her offer to work as a sailor I thought Charlot Avi is an incredibly accomplished author, and this smoothly written work is well constructed with a good dose of adventure However, I disliked the heroine intensely and found it extremely implausible that a young lady of her disposition and upbringing should so utterly and permanently reject nearly all societal s and roles she was taught to revere in such a short time period Moreover, it was absolutely unbelievable that the crew would accept her offer to work as a sailor I thought Charlotte was an unbearable prude at the beginning of the novel By the book s end she her values had changed, but she was no less priggish in her adherence to this new set of values I know that MANY people disagree with this assessment, and less historically inclined readers will find this a rollicking good adventure Despite a major flaw in the book s historical realism and my personal reaction to the character, this is a well written and carefully constructed work |Free Kindle ☩ The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle ♆ 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 Find another companion to share your idle hours For my part I intend to tell the truth as I lived it Set in England in the 1830 s, this high suspense historical fiction story takes place on a ship carrying thirteen year old Charlotte Doyle, a young lady of proper upbringing, home to her family in Providence, Rhode Island There is high suspense as the tale unfolds and Charlotte is accused of murder Charlotte learns a valuable lesson about not judging people based on first impressions or positions of authority The book has won many awards including the Boston Globe Horn Book Award, Newberry Set in England in the 1830 s, this high suspense historical fiction story takes place on a ship carrying thirteen year old Charlotte Doyle, a young lady of proper upbringing, home to her family in Providence, Rhode Island There is high suspense as the tale unfolds and Charlotte is accused of murder Charlotte learns a valuable lesson about not judging people based on first impressions or positions of authority The book has won many awards including the Boston Globe Horn Book Award, Newberry Honor Award, and ALA Notable Children s Book Award A major theme in the book is the conflict that arises when Charlotte acts outside the expected gender conventions of the time A compare and contrast study of the social expectations of young people today with those of the early 1800 s focusing on expected roles as they relate to gender would be an appropriate activity for upper elementary to middle school students studying this book Some prior instruction in the societal structure of the time and in nautical history and conventions would be necessary to help students grasp the magnitude of Charlotte s decision This could be a 5th grade social studies lesson to satisfy PASS 3.2 A sailor chooses the wind that takes the ship from a safe port Ah, yes, but once you re abroad, as you have seen, winds have a mind of their own Be careful, Charlotte, careful of the wind you choose Avi, The True Confessions of Charlotte DoyleHonestly I am in love..with this book.So we all read and read and as each new year starts I know for me, I look forward to finding, not just books I like but maybe a few that I c an adoreyou know what I mean don t you It s why we read..always lo A sailor chooses the wind that takes the ship from a safe port Ah, yes, but once you re abroad, as you have seen, winds have a mind of their own Be careful, Charlotte, careful of the wind you choose Avi, The True Confessions of Charlotte DoyleHonestly I am in love..with this book.So we all read and read and as each new year starts I know for me, I look forward to finding, not just books I like but maybe a few that I c an adoreyou know what I mean don t you It s why we read..always looking for that next hidden treasure.And so far this year I have read some good ones but nothing I d say just leaps into unforgettable territory Until this book.So I read across all genres But I do so love Historical Fiction Specifically, the type where a certain time period or location can come alive..that really just does it for me.One of my all time favorite Historical reads is The Witch of Blackbird Pond , which I first read as a kid and I reread it every so often This reminded me so much of that book.This has been on my TBR list forever No in depth plot recount on this one as it is a pretty well known book with hundreds of reviews But I will talk about why I liked it so much.Like, the other book I mentioned, this book, True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle has the theme of an unusual young female struggling to find her identity in a world that wants to keep her down and mold her to the wishes of other people And like with Kit, in Blackbird Pond, Charlotte is, at heart, a warm, sassy and strong female, forced to fight for her life and identity under life threatening circumstances.I also adored the homage to the sea I loved the camaraderie of the sailors and the slow and easy pace of the book I loved that I felt right there on the ship, as the wind whipped about and Seafoam sprayed everywhere.I loved Charlotte s gutsiness and her authenticity I loved everything about this book and found the writing sweeping and magnificent Read it in one sitting Those are the types of books to savor.Also agree with the author..no sequel Ending was perfect.Highly recommended to all fans of Historical Fiction and adventure stories A wonderful, sea drenched five stars for this story Is it possible that I have never reviewed this book Or maybe I ve just reviewed another edition Whatever the case, this book is fantastic A young, respectable girl returning from her English boarding school to her home in Massachusetts ends up caught in the middle of a mutiny, and pressed into service as a sailor Wonderfully descriptive, with meticulous detail about life on board a ship, readers of all ages and sexes can enjoy this book.