I picked this up at random to earn pirate points for our work challenge, and I ended up really enjoying this adventure story. It’s about Jack, a plucky orphan girl, and how she survives in the world on her own, which includes how she ends up serving as a deck boy on a naval ship that fights pirates.
So yeah, fun times were had by all, or at least me. This has some of my favorite tropes from childhood, including the whole girl pretends to be a boy gem.
It bridges the gap between MG and YA by starting out with a strong MG feel and ending up more in the upper MG to YA realm. I thought the author did a great job of showing how Jack changes as she starts to grow up.
Also, the audiobook is narrated by Katherine Kellgrin, who is amazing. She narrated over 200 audiobooks and won many awards, including being inducted into the Narrator Hall of Fame. Unfortunately, she passed away in January of 2018, so there will be no new books narrated by her. However, I still will try to listen to as much of her body of work as possible, as she has such a good sense for the dramatic and really pulls a reader into the story.
Book 107 read in 2018