In June of 1832, Charlotte Doyle boards the ship Seahawk on a voyage from Liverpool, England to Rhode Island. Things on the ship are strange from the beginning. The other families Charlotte was supposed to travel with have decided not to come. Members of the crew warn her to find a different boat and relations between the captain and the crew seem strained. Eventually, thirteen-year-old Charlotte finds herself caught in the middle of a conflict between a cruel captain and a mutinous crew.
This exciting tale of conflict on the high seas will capture the attention of middle grade readers. The story includes fast-paced action as well as detailed descriptions of life on a ship in the 1800s. Patterned after classics like Treasure Island and Robinson Crusoe, Avi’s book puts a new spin on an old tale that will keep readers hooked.