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Summary: This book takes place in 1832, aboard a ship called the Seahawk. The main character is a 13-year-old girl named Charlotte. While aboard the ship, Charlotte encounters many dangers and problems. One of her problems is that she is accused of murder! Charlotte must learn to trust herself in order to survive. This is a middle-grade chapter book.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, independent reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 9 to 12; read yourself: 10 and up
Interest Level: 9 to 13
Reading Level: 5.3
Age of Child: Read by a group of 11- and 12-year-old students at John Jay Middle School (Katonah, NY)
Young Reader Reaction: We really liked this book because it had a strong plot, and the characters were very developed. The plot drew you in, and that made the book way more enjoyable. We thought the book was going to be action-packed. We felt differently about Charlotte because we felt that she stopped acting so stuck up. We learned to stay true to ourselves no matter waht.
Adult Reader Reaction: N/A for this review.
Pros: This is a very action-packed story in the middle and at the end.
Cons: There is a lot of violence, and the vocabulary would be difficult for an average reader.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow or skip. The storyline was Okay, and the character emotions were rock solid, but didn't flow. The characters did things that seemed unrealistic. It might be good for someone who likes action-packed, vivid, and intense stories.
Educational Themes: This is largely a story for recreational reading. There are opportunities to explore a number of themes, from sea travel and life in the 1800s, to relationships, judgment, and self esteem.