Meyer, L.A. The curse of the blue tattoo.

Author:Rosser, Claire
Position::Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

MEYER, L.A. The curse of the blue tattoo. (A Bloody Jack Adventure.) Harcourt. 495p. c2004. 0-15-205459-6. $6.95. JS*

To quote the review of the hardcover in KLIATT, May 2004: Nearly 500 more pages of Jacky Faber (aka Bloody Jack) adventures! The time is the end of the 18th century, America is a new country, and Jacky is sent to a school in Boston to become a fine lady (with her share of the pirates' treasure from book one, Bloody Jack, reviewed in KLIATT in September 2002). She is smart, so the studies aren't so hard; but the rigid discipline is confining, and Jacky starts sneaking out, sometimes disguised as a boy. The action is fast and furious and the pranks Jacky dreams up are astounding. She is pursued by a grandson of the Puritan minister Cotton Mather, who already has murdered one girl, accusing her of being a witch. She learns to ride a horse, becoming an expert; one of the major scenes is when she takes over for a jockey who is ill, pretending to be him, and wins a race to save her friend's family from financial...

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