Mary Faber came from an average income family, at one point. Then there was the disease that killed them all off. After that, Mary, like many other London children of the 1800s, lived on the streets. For a while, Mary lived with a small gang. When the gang’s leader was killed, however, she decided that this was no longer the place for her.Pretending to be a boy, Mary, calling herself Jack, becomes a ship’s boy on the HMS Dolphin. When in her first battle she kills a pirate in order to save another ship’s boy, the crew gives her the nickname of ‘Bloody Jack’. A name that she doesn’t like, but puts up with since she keeps getting herself into these situations where the legend of the name can grow.
Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer tells of the trials of a girl pretending to be a boy in the 1800’s. It is an engaging story that makes the reader want to find book two. (Which is called Curse of the Blue Tattoo) However, since Mary did grow up on the streets, the book is a little hard to follow at some points, when that is the only kind of language she is using-‘street talk’.