|Plot Summary of The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle|
|"Miss Doyle, a proper young gentle lady who has been trained in the finer arts of high society behavior, is at the docks in 1832. She is getting ready to take a sea voyage home to America. The book immediately reveals that 13-year-old Charlotte Doyle will be tried and convicted for murder while on a ship voyage from London to Providence, New York.
Captain Jaggery, a cruel captain, manages to charm Charlotte before she is able to learn his true nature. He uses her to try to put down a rebellion on his ship. The crew manage to communicate another side of the story to her. She must choose between the two during the treacherous voyage.
Bridgette Redman, Resident Scholar
|"A thirteen year old girl is caught between a tyrannical sea captain and his mutinous crew as she travels from England to America. Set in 1832, the ship is sailing from England to America and Charlotte is the only passanger. Told in first person, Charlotte describes her experiences and thoughts as she struggles to know what to do. Eventually, she joins the crew and then becomes the captain when the original captain is killed. When the ship lands in America, she goes back to her family, but she does not fit in anymore. She runs away and goes back to the ship to be a sailor. The appendix includes a drawing and labeling of a ship like the Seahawk and the appendix includes a description of how time is kept on a ship."
Serah, Resident Scholar
|"Charlotte went into a room to get a needle for a man, and found a pistol in his chest, and remembered that the captain had said (very proudly) that he kept all of the guns in a safe that were on the ship, and when she was going out with the needle she saw a round robin, which is a sign that the crew is forming a rebellion, and she realized that they wanted to kill the captain. She tells the captain and he comes out and kills a stowaway named Mr. Cranick with a gun and then orders someone to throw him overboard. After that he whips Zachariah so hard he passes out and the crew gives him a blessing and throws him into the sea. She now doesn't like the captain so she wears a mans clothing and is told that to become a member of the crew she has to climb to the highest mast and come down.
In these chapters Charlotte becomes a member of the crew by climbing to the tallest mast and back. After being a member of the crew for a while they came to the largest storm ever, a hurricane, during the hurricane a man named Mr. Hollybrass was murdered by someone that used Charlotte's knife!
She had a trial to see if she had done it, and she was found guilty. She is going to be killed but she finds out that the captain did it, because the two had a fight during the storm and he got mad and said “Die scum!” and killed him. When Charlotte was going to be hung the captain fell off the dock and died and then she was captain. And then she went home. So when she got home, she had to do girl stuff and she didn't like it. Then she gave her diary to her parents and her dad said, “Rubbish! What have those sailor people gotten into your mind?” So then her father burned the diary and then she secretly wrote the diary all over again.
Fig, Resident Scholar
|" This man in this story was Captain Jaggery. He wanted to get on the good side of a girl named Charlotte because her dad owned the company. This was totally twisted when they set sail. Captain Jaggery only used her and got her on the bad side of the crew, so they would hate her and she would never be backed up by the crew.
But this plan was partly ruined by a man named Zacheriah. He befriended Charlotte because he wanted to give her a warning that the crew was to start a mutiny against the Captain and Charlotte will be in the way and probaly get hurt. But in the end it was Captian Jaggery who got hurt."
Kelli T, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle|
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Composition of Book
descript. of violence and chases - 30%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 10%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) - 30%
Tone of story
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
Time/era of story:
- 19th century
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- on the ocean surface
- a teen
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How much violence does he/she use?
- a little
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Cynical sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Average intelligence
- average physique
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- throughout most of the book.
Motive of antagonist
How sensitive is this character?
- hard edged
- Average intelligence
- Smarter than most other characters
- very athletic
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
How many deaths?
Amount of dialog
- significantly more dialog than descript
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