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Novel:The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

Novel:The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

Opening Letter/ Introduction

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi

"An important warning:"
Only the brave will thrive; the rest may merely survive.
Which will you be? Are you a pioneer?

Woe unto you, or congratulations! Which greeting you receive will be determined by the nature of your journey. The crew of the Seahawk has chosen you as its record-keeper as they sail across the Atlantic from Liverpool, England to Providence, Rhode Island. The year is 1832, and the journey is sure to involve many unpredictable turns. If you make it, you could be a hero, showing the true character of many on the ship and documenting important lessons for future brave sailors. You also will be the first child to have ventured on this voyage alone. Godspeed!

Before you can begin, you must learn all about your boat and fellow sailors. As with most new sailors, it will also be in your best interest to check out the captain and officers in charge. Luckily, you will have a source book for much of this information, The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, which you may use as a guide, and you will need to learn about its author, who can give you insights as a fellow writer.

I hope that you will be a credit to the discipline of language arts and to the generation of children who may follow in your wake. Let us just hope that your wake is not the result of being thrown overboard! Good luck on your journey!


To complete this task, you will be creating a Travel File of your experiences and findings. Keep all items in your class binder under Novel or The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle. If you do not have a binder you will need one to keep all activities.

In some cases, you may make your trip more challenging but glean more from your experience; in others, you may choose to take what appears to be an easier way; finally, as is true in life, sometimes, you will have no choice. I advise you to do the best you can to survive, use the tools provided, and learn as much as you can if you dare. Be sure to keep your materials organized to show the boss at the end of your trip. Best wishes for an enlightening and safe voyage.
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