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Parents' Guide to

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Brilliant high-seas adventure is a classic.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 11+

It is interesting but then there is those times when it's really boring.

It is a great book for kids 11 and older maybe, it has a very good choice of words, but it may bore your kids. There is the mention of rum, and it has violence.
age 13+

Entertaining story but violent

This book is entertaining and while Charlotte seems to be a good role model the book is a bit violent for young kids. I think it’s more appropriate for 12+\13 year olds. There is some language as others have mentioned as well.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (8 ):
Kids say (28 ):

Avi is an old hand at writing fine children's books in several genres, including historical fiction, and here he begins with one of the best opening hooks ever. Instead of an Introduction or Author's Note before the first chapter, CHARLOTTE DOYLE begins with An Important Warning. See From the Book below for that warning. From that promising beginning, the author sweeps us into a breathtaking and suspenseful adventure at sea.

The story is satisfying for several reasons. As an action-packed, edge-of-the-seat adventure, it should be appealing even to reluctant readers. It combines an exciting story with thought-provoking consideration of issues, such as bigotry, honor, justice, and the necessity of letting beliefs dictate actions. The characters, major and minor, are complex and unpredictable. And, of all of the genre-bending plot elements here, perhaps none is as enthralling as seeing a young teen girl take on a traditionally male role in the gender-divided 19th century, not by hiding who she is and pretending to be a boy, but by becoming her true self out of conviction and determination.

From the Book:

An Important Warning

Not every thirteen-year-old girl is accused of murder, brought to trial, and found guilty. But I was just such a girl, and my story is worth relating even if it did happen years ago. . .If strong ideas and action offend you, read no more. Find another companion to share your idle hours. For my part I intend to tell the truth as I lived it.

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