Mmmmm. YA historical fiction set in the first few years of the 1800's. It all starts when a 13-year-old London orphan finds work as a ship's boy aboard HMS Dolphin, a fine ship in the British fleet. The problem? Jacky Faber is really a girl... and she's a girl with a love of the sea, a talent for trouble, a knack for adventure, and a mischievous streak a mile wide.
I won't give anything else away, but let me just say that Jacky has a hell of a lot of adventures over the next few years...
So. Strong, memorable, complex teenage female heroine. Action. Adventure. A touch of romance. High seas. Pirates. Naval battles. Pirates. Action. Adventure. Boarding school hijinks. Song. Dance. Pirates.
Y'know, the last time I enjoyed YA fiction this much, it was Tamora Pierce's BEKA COOPER: TERRIER. I'm very sad that there aren't any more forthcoming until, I've heard, October. :<
The books, by the way, are BLOODY JACK, CURSE OF THE BLUE TATTOO, UNDER THE JOLLY ROGER, and IN THE BELLY OF THE BLOODHOUND.
Somewhat longer reviews of all four will be up on my website (www.michaelmjones.com, it's new and still has a lot of work, but it's another place for me to store my thoughts...) within a day or so.
(And , cadhla if you're paying attention? Jacky Faber is one of the best damn eshus I've seen in fiction lately. Seriously...)