In the Belly of the Bloodhound: Being an Account of a Particularly Peculiar Adventure in the Life of Jacky Faber

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A school outing goes awry as Jacky and her classmates are abducted and forced into the hold of the Bloodhound, a ship bound for the slave markets on the Barbary Coast. All of Jacky?s ingenuity, determination, and plain old good luck will be put to the test as she rallies her delicate classmates to fight together and become their own rescuers.

    
 

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Overview

A school outing goes awry as Jacky and her classmates are abducted and forced into the hold of the Bloodhound, a ship bound for the slave markets on the Barbary Coast. All of Jacky’s ingenuity, determination, and plain old good luck will be put to the test as she rallies her delicate classmates to fight together and become their own rescuers.

    
 

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"Another winner . . . Thoroughly delightful."—VOYA
"The real pleasure comes from watching this cunning, unconventional, warmhearted heroine in action."—Booklist
"This exciting high seas adventure blows by at gale force."—The Horn Book Guide
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Gr 7 Up

The impudent Jacky Faber, on whose head the King of England has put a price for piracy, is back in L. A. Meyer's fourth Bloody Jack adventure (Harcourt, 2006). This time, Jacky and her classmates at the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls are kidnapped and forced onto a slave ship, the Bloodhound . The slavers intend to sell the girls into the harems of North Africa. Of course, Jacky refuses to go quietly and soon has hatched a daring escape plan. It's wonderful to see the girls rise to the challenge and use their brains to outwit their male captors. The relationship between Jacky and her arch-nemesis Clarissa Howe is a hoot. Narrator Katherine Kellgren is perfect, juggling American, French, and British accents with ease. Her vivid delivery of Meyer's top-notch dialogue brings the tale to life. Listeners should be familiar with Jacky's previous exploits to follow the action here. All libraries serving teens will want this excellent addition to audiobook collections.-Tricia Melgaard, Centennial Middle School, Broken Arrow, OK

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152061661
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 1/17/2011
  • Series: Bloody Jack Adventure Series , #4
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 382,614
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Meet the Author

L. A. MEYER is the author of the Bloody Jack Adventures series, which has been praised for its spirited heroine and rousing sense of adventure. Mr. Meyer lives in Corea, Maine.

 

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Chapter 1
Boston
December 1, 1805
 
Any old port in a storm. That’s what I’m thinking as I carefully weave my little boat through the ships in the crowded harbor. I’ve seen many ports and I’ve weathered many storms and good old Boston Harbor is looking right good to me at this moment. Hmmm . . . be wary, though, girl. There’s three British warships lying over there at Long Wharf. Got to steer clear of them, for sure, as the men on board could have heard of the price that’s on my poor head and might be of a mind to try to collect it. My head, that is . . . Imagine that . . . a reward of two hundred and fifty pounds, and all for the body of one insignificant girl— a full Royal Navy captain’s pay for a year, and wouldn’t some lucky sailor like to nab that?
 
As I clear the end of Long Wharf, I pull my cap further down over my face and sail on. Don’t mind me, Sirs. Just a simple fisher lass heading home, nothing more.

 
Now I start working my way over to the land. I’m remembering that there’s an open bit of gravelly beach between Howard’s and Codman’s wharves, and that is where I’m of a mind to land. The wind is fair and my sail is drawing well and I’m cutting neatly through boats and ships that are anchored out. I pull in a bit closer and look over at the warships. They could see me from where they lay, if they cared to look. But who cares about some fishmonger’s dutiful daughter out plying her family’s trade? That’s what I’m thinking. Or hoping. But, oh Sirs— you, my fellow countrymen and fellow sailors— if only you knew what has happened at Trafalgar, you would not be sitting so peacefully here. It’s plain they haven’t gotten the word yet.

 
Codman’s Wharf passes on my port side and I throw the tiller over and bring the sail in close-hauled. When I hear and feel the scrape of the bottom on my keel, I loose the sail and the Morning Star slips her nose up elegantly onto the beach. Pretty neat sailing, old girl, I’m thinking, patting her gunwale affectionately. I know it’s been a long trip for the both of us, from Trafalgar to here, that’s for sure, and now you just rest.

 
For a moment I sit there in wonder at being back in Boston again, then I go forward and loosen the halyard, letting the sail and its booms collapse to the deck. I’m about to gather it in and wrap it up, when there’s a noise behind me and I spin around in alarm, my shiv out of my vest and in my hand. By God, they’re not going to take me without—

 
But it is nothing but a boy. A very ragged and dirty boy, to be sure, but just a boy. He is the very picture of a wharf rat, a breed with which I am very familiar, having once been one myself, back when I lived under London’s Blackfriars Bridge as a member in good standing of the Rooster Charlie Gang of Naked Orphans. Blackfriars Bridge was real close to the docks on the Thames, so, yes, I know this kind of boy quite well.

“Need some help, Missy?” he says with hope in his voice. It’s plain from the ribs sticking out under his too-short shirt that he hasn’t eaten in a while and he looks real willin’ to earn a penny. Well, I can’t argue with that, as I’m all for youthful spunk and enterprise. I slide my knife back in my vest.

 
“Well, maybe. Help me stow the sail.”

He leaps on board to help me wrap the sail around the boom, and we lash it down tight with the mainsheet and secure it to its stay post.

 
“There, Missy, tight as a drum. Anything else? Polish your brass, shine up your brightwork, varnish your oars?”

This one is younger than me— maybe thirteen, fourteen. His hair is held back with a piece of old twine and I can see both his knees through the rips in the trousers that end raggedly at his calves. He is, of course, barefoot.

 
“You can see, young Master Wharf Rat, that the Morning Star has neither brass work nor brightwork, nor do her oars need varnishing,” I say severely, in my best Naval Officer voice, “but you may, if you wish to earn a penny, watch over her till I return, which might be today, or might be tomorrow. If you know a place where she can be moored . . .”

“Oh, yes, Missy. See that pier over by the market? I’ll tie it up there. So many fishing boats go in and out of there that they’ll never notice us.”

 
“All right,” I say. I dig in the purse that hangs by my side and pull out a penny and flip it to him. “Go spend this on something to eat first and then tend to moving her. And mark me—  This is the Morning Star and she is a her, not an it. Do you get that?”

He nods.

 
“You can do it by yourself?”

 
“Oh, yes, Missy, I’m a thoroughgoing seaman! I’ll get her anywhere you need her.”

 I give a quick snort. “Very well, Seaman . . . What is your name, boy?”

 
“Tanner, Missy. Jim Tanner.”

 
Copyright © 2006 by L. A. Meyer

 
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher.

 
Requests for permission to make copies of any part of the work should be submitted online at www.harcourt.com/contact or mailed to the following address: Permissions Department,
Harcourt, Inc., 6277 Sea Harbor Drive, Orlando, Florida 32887-6777.

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  • Posted July 3, 2009

    Jacky vs. the Bloodhound

    While reading this book I felt like I was in the belly of the Bloodhound. I could hear the chains rattling and the ship creaking with every toss of a wave. Louis Meyer is, in my opinion, an extraordinary writer. He makes the words literally come alive. Jacky's courage and bravado are an example every girl should follow.

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  • Posted February 6, 2009

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    Wonderful!

    These novels are AWESOME! Someone who DOESN'T read LA Meyer is missing something! His writing is a real treat!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2008

    A reviewer

    When Jacky makes it back to the rebuilt Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls, she doesn't expect to be welcomed. Surprisingly, she is taken in once again. But her peace-and-quiet doesn't last long when she and her classmates are abducted and forced onto a slave ship, the Bloodhound. Jacky, not even with all her wit and craftiness, can get the girls out of this predicament without some help. And if that means help from enemies, so be it. Who knew there could be so much adventure while stuck on a slaver? Mr. Meyer's writing blows my mind, as always. This is a truly amazing tale, and I recommend it to anyone. This is definitely one of my favorite books in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2007

    A reviewer

    very fabulous. Jacky Faber is my hero. she is not shy about what she thinks and she is strong and just a great role model. plus the book is beautifully written and it just sucks you into the book. For me any book that can do that has got to be a good one. its funny, scary, exciting.... everything! Jacky Faber Rules!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2012

    A great addition to Jacky's tale

    The previous book in this series really slowed down and lost the charm of the original for me, but this one picks it right back up again! It took a bit to get to the capture part, but for me, when the story got slow it didn't take long to once again be hard to put down. Gotta love those Lawson ladies!

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  • Posted August 16, 2011

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    Another can't put down Jacky novel!

    Meyer continues the incredible adventures of Jacky Farber with yet more excellent historical background and great realism. Each of these novels is just a bit different and raises historical and societal issues of the place and time. This novel centers on the issues of slavery and that becomes all too real as these young women of the Lawson Peabody School are captured and sent to be slaves in hareems across the ocean. Meyer develops strong but different women characters in this novel who do effect their escape. Highly recommended.

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  • Posted February 17, 2011

    LOVE IT!!!!!!!!

    verryy good book I loved it I reacomend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    We are shoved roughly down the hatch, through a barred door, and into the very belly of the Bloodhound, down into the very pit of hell itself.

    We have Jacky lying low back at the Lawson Peabody School For Young Girls after finding out that she's wanted for Piracy. What starts out as a field trip turns into a kidnapping. Jacky must use her knowledge to help calm the other girls as they all headed to be sold while aboard a ship called the Bloodhound. As the days go by Jacky and the girls try to plan to escape while keeping themselves busy with exploring the ship by splitting up into three groups led by Clarissa, Dolley and Jacky who meets someone from her days back when she was "Little Mary." It seems that with each book the series gets even better. The ending left me thinking, you've got to be kidding me. So read the book for yourselves to know more if and only if you've read the other ones before this. Well onto the book 5 then.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2008

    THIS IS A MUST READ!!!!

    This series is GREAT! I love the incredibly cunning, resourceful, and teenage Jacky, the heroine of the story who is a VERY adventurous girl. This book will have you staying up late at night to finish it and getting up early the next morning to buy the next book in the series. If you love adventure and action, Jacky Faber is the girl for you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2007

    Incredible! best book ever!

    this series is amazing! it always leaves you wanting more but still is able to satisfy. the author, shockingly, is not female, but is an amazing writer and gives the books so many elements and twists its not possibe to get bored. this book was freaken awesome, and does not dissapoint. trust me. if you read the first, well then what are you waiting for?! and if you didnt, your missing out. this book definitely deserves five stars, but if i could give it six, i would.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2008

    In the Belly of the Bloodhound

    In this installmentto the Bloody Jack series, Jacky has to go to sea with a whole new group of sailors. But these sailors are less salty and more sassy. The way Jacky delt with being at sea with 30+ distressed girls was better that most could. The plot was well written as always in this series. Not my favorite book in the series, but still, it is an amazing noval I recommend to all who can read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2007

    Best one in the series so far!

    After escaping from the ship taking her back to England Jacky goes back to Boston and the school that has now been rebuilt to hide out. But adventure doesn't leave Jacky alone. She and the other girls are kidnapped by a slave ship to be sold to Arabs. Jacky takes charge of the frightened girls and puts them to work planning their escape. Even though Clarissa and Jacky are enemies they have to work together in order to escape.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2007

    Is there a fifth book for the 'Bloody Jack' series?

    I love this series and I never tire of it! Can't wait for the next book although the ending of the fourth was very- dull. I highly recommend this book to teens and adults.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2007

    A reviewer

    This entire series is terrific. I love to read and have read the entire series in about two weeks. I can not wait for the next one to come out. I recommend that anyone who loves or even barely ever reads, to read this series. You definetely wont be disappointed

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2007

    Magnifique!

    Absolutely love this series! And every time a new book comes out it's better than the last. Though the first is always the best. Can't imagine how he does it every time. There just has to be a 5th book coming!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2007

    WoW

    Oh My Gosh, I loved this book. I thought the begining was a tad slow but all in all it worked wonderfully. If anybody knows what the next book is called and/or when it will be released please post it. I love these books. I hope she gets another ship! That would be so awesome!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2007

    A fascinating read for one and all!

    Just a quickie to let those of you, who like me, are a far cry from their high school days, that Jacky's adventures are as fascinating and exciting for us, as for those her own age. Bloodhound is non-stop adventure in a historical setting that brings the horror of the slave trade home in a way not yet experienced. Three cheers for Lou Meyer for sharing such a great story with those of us who adore a great armchair adventure!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2007

    WOW!!!!!!!

    This was an amazing book! I loved it!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2006

    Great writer and fun books!

    If this is the first book of the Bloody Jack adventures you have read, you should read the others. They are all good, but this one is by far the best. These books are filled with so much action, that you can not put the book down. Hopefully Meyer will keep up the good work, and write some more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2007

    This is seriously the best book ever!!!

    I have never read a better book!!! I totally fell in love with it I got just a couple days ago and already read it 3 times going on 4! If Meyer doesn't come out with another one I will be really upset.

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