Secrets of the Maiden Book Summary and Study Guide

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Teenage girl named Alex is cabin "boy" on a pirate ship and through her wit and caring for others, she fights to save herself and a young man who seeks the girl he is betroved to. Will the murderous pirates allow this girl to pull the wool over their eyes? Or will the treacherous First Mate make her wish she never stepped onto his ship? This page-turner will keep you guessing as you follow the fight for freedom from the world of pirates to the prim and proper world of the American aristocrats. Which world is the one Alex really fits in? You have to read it to find out.
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The review of this Book prepared by Markk C. Holden

The protagonist is kidnapped during a time period where pirates rules the high seas. After a year of working onboard as a teenage boy instead of the girl she is, she meets a new prisoner, a boy her age, that she becomes fond of. Both plot to escape. She becomes engaged to the boy once they find their families, but ponders whether she has grown too fond of the sea to return to a life of luxury. Good YA novel.
The review of this Book prepared by Hope Clark

Secrets of the Maiden, by Mary Gibbs, follows the adventures of Alexandra Gardner, a young girl who lives as a cabin boy for the pirates who murdered her family. In her quest for revenge, she faces a mutinous first mate, romance and danger with a heart of honor. "Alex" shows the world that heroism is not just for the boys, and that it's okay to be yourself.
The review of this Book prepared by Mary Gibbs

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Time/era of story:    -   1600-1899 Kid or adult book?    -   Ages 7-14 Water adventure    -   Yes Water:    -   pirate attack!

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   servant Age:    -   a teen


Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   warship Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--swords/knives Unusual form of death?    -   Yes Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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