Avi’s The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, a Newbery Honor award-winning novel, follows the spirited, titular heroine’s maturation on the high seas. Set in the mid 19th century, the novel introduces Charlotte Doyle, a thirteen-year-old girl who begins her tale with a pointed command: “If strong ideas and action offend you, read no more.” Boarding a ship named the Seahawk, Charlotte is America-bound, the home of her youth. Moments before boarding, she is bewildered and shocked when she is informed that she will be the only passenger on board, and worse yet, the only female. Born and raised a lady, with a strict upbringing that has regulated she be meek and obedient, Charlotte is unsure what to make of her new circumstances, especially in regards to Captain Jaggery, whose position of reigning authority seems to be countered by his crew’s hatred and possible, imminent mutiny. Charlotte finds that the sea is, indeed, no place for a well-bred lady, and through a deluge of new friendships, alliances shaken, and a resounding loss of naivety, she becomes one of the crew, prepared to take on the corrupt and cruel Jaggery. Avi’s novel is centered on a girl who becomes a woman by reinterpreting her fundamental beliefs, defying societal conventions, and in doing so, Avi has created a strong female character, whose moral backbone makes her a worthy and fascinating role model.
Created to benefit newer middle school students with a greater understanding and appreciation for literature, this Learning Links Novel-Ties guide will encourage and train students for more complex reading in the future. Pre- and post-reading activities and worksheets are supplied on a chapter-by-chapter basis, which allows students to become comfortable with the majority of literary devices. A story synopsis and worksheet answer key is provided for educators. Novel-Ties guides are a reputable supplementary resource for both guided and differentiated reading.This eBook is an entry in the Novel-Ties Literature Guides series for Grade 5, constituted of the following additional titles: Bridge to Terabithia; Island of the Blue Dolphins; My Side of the Mountain; The Pinballs; Tuck Everlasting; Sign of the Beaver; The Phantom Tollbooth; From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler; The Fighting Ground; Matilda; The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle; In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson; Lily's Crossing; The Borrowers; The Whipping Boy; Toliver's Secret; Bloomability; On My Honor; Summer of the Monkeys; Among The Hidden; Castle in the Attic; The Wanderer; Call It Courage; Amos Fortune, Free Man; Crash; Becoming Naomi Leon; Bud, Not Buddy; Seedfolks; Esperanza Rising; George Washington's Socks; Crispin: The Cross of Lead; Among the Imposters; Fever 1793; Pictures of Hollis Woods; Surviving the Applewhites; Al Capone Does My Shirts; Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!; The Boy in the Striped Pajamas; Three Cups of Tea; Elijah of Buxton; Marley, A Dog Like No Other; Rules. All precursory Novel-Ties eBooks can be found by clicking on the 'View All In Series' button to the left.