The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, by Avi

In 1833, 13 year old Charlotte Doyle lives in England, and has for nearly her whole life. However, her parents are wanting to return to the estate in America. Her father arranges for Charlotte to travel on a separate ship in a month, after the school year has ended.

Two families are scheduled to travel with her on the same ship. However, mysteriously, the day the ship sets sail the families seem to have disappeared.

Completely alone, the only girl, the only female, Charlotte embarks on the voyage that changes her life, filled with  mystery, secrets, and mutiny. Not every 13-year old is accused of murder!


I thought this was a pretty good read. The title doesn’t sound too interesting, but I would recommend it.There were parts in which I was holding my breath more than I expected. It was pretty clean, in the language sense, and also in the fact that she was the only female aboard a ship of sailors. There intermittent violence, but not a ton.

Overall Rating: 4/5

Violence: 5/10 (several men die from violence, but none of it is graphic or descriptive, the author doesn’t linger on what happens; one is shot, one is beaten and dies from his wounds, and one man is stabbed)

Language: 1/10

Inappropriateness/Romance: 0/10

Audience: Ages 10 and up (if you are alright with the violence for them)


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