The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
July 18, 2019 10:33 AM - by Avi - Subscribe

Not every thirteen-year-old girl is accused of murder, brought to trial, and found guilty. But I was just such a girl, and my story is worth relating even if it did happen years ago. Be warned, however: If strong ideas and action offend you, read no more. Find another companion to share your idle hours. For my part I intend to tell the truth as I lived it.

(This is the third post in the Nostalgic YA Book Club! Join us, and suggest nostalgic YA books)
posted by ChuraChura (8 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
 
Does no one else have much to say about this book because it basically perfect? Same.
posted by chaiminda at 11:57 AM on July 19 [3 favorites]


I haven’t read this book in ages but it was one of my favorites. I’m pretty sure my copy is still in a box in my parents’ basement, I’ll have to dig it out. I got to meet Avi when I was a kid and he signed my copy!
posted by skycrashesdown at 12:18 PM on July 19


Legit sad that no one ever talks about Avi's Poppy series.
posted by all about eevee at 1:09 PM on July 19


Oh man, I loved this book although I think the title made my mother think I was reading smutty romances. Especially with this cover: no wonder everyone was horrified when she chopped off her hair.
"Unnatural?" "Unusual!"
posted by Rora at 7:15 AM on July 20 [2 favorites]


This book is still one of my favorites to recommend to my students. (I"m a elementary school librarian) It gets checked out at least 5-6 times a year. It has drama, adventure, personal relationships, history,..and on and on.
posted by Fuzzy Lumpkins at 5:55 AM on July 21 [1 favorite]


In forth or fifth grade I did a class presentation about this book that I wrote as a debate between Charlotte and Evil Captain Guy, with me playing both parts and hamming it up by jumping back and forth between the podiums. It's one of my earliest memories of writing, performing, and tapping into the class clown energy that would sustain me through middle school. I'm really looking forward to rereading this.
posted by showbiz_liz at 11:51 AM on July 22 [1 favorite]


I have probably read this book fifty times since age 8 and hope to read it fifty more. A perfect book.
posted by annathea at 6:34 AM on July 23 [1 favorite]


Both this book and Catherine Called Birdy have a lot of mundane historical details like what different parts of ships are called. Was this a thing I was into at the time?
posted by tofu_crouton at 11:56 AM on July 24 [2 favorites]


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