Bloody Jack

Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy  - L.A. Meyer An interesting story about a girl, Mary 'Jacky' Faber who decides that in order to live an interesting life she has to become a boy. She ends up joining the Royal Navy as a Ship's boy and finds life at sea hard but rewarding. It's interesting, even if some cliches abound, Jacky is a strong-willed and fun character who has no qualm of conscience about very much at all! Having grown up on the mean streets of London after seeing her family die and be sold to surgeons she knows that life is nasty, brutish and short and is willing to prove that she's more than capable of dealing with it.