Today’s Literature Monday is my 2nd favorite book (although really I love it as much as The Giver!) is:
I read this book for the first time in middle school, and did not realize how new it was- it was published in 1990, and received a Newberry Honor Award in 1991! I am SO excited because while researching for this post today, I found that this book is also supposed to be released as a movie in 2011!!! WOW- I can’t believe my luck- my 2 favorite books being released as movies!
These are both the same book with different covers. This is a young adult historical fiction novel which is set in the 19th century. Charlotte was a very sheltered young girl of 13 years brought up in a well-off home. As she crosses the Atlantic on a ship with which she was supposed to be traveling with a family who did not show up, she finds herself the only female amidst a ship of rowdy sailors. During the journey she is faced with the harshness of sailors and an unexplained death on deck. After her journey is complete her father reads her outrageous journal and demands her book to be burned. She then leaves her family to return back to sea with the ship she fell in love with.
I usually do not read books that are set further back than anything in modern time, but I fell in love with the courage and spunk that Charlotte portrays! The imagination in this book is so intriguing and I definetely recommend it for a mature young adult audience!
Rent this at your local library to read, or you can buy your own copy of The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle!
Have you read this book?? Let me know what you thought!