About the Book
Treason and treachery on the high seas! What begins as an eagerly anticipated ocean crossing turns into a harrowing journey, when thirteen-year-old Charlotte gains a villainous enemy...and is put on trial for murder!
- Why do you think Charlotte initially trusts Captain Jaggery more than she trusts Zachariah? Have you ever formed — and then changed — your opinion about someone? What caused the change? Share the experience.
- Life for girls in 1832 was much different from life in the 21st century. What advantages do girls have today? What aspects of today’s world would Charlotte likely appreciate most?
- Charlotte befriends many of the crewmembers, but still decides to tell Captain Jaggery about the crew’s activities. Why do you think she does this? What would you have done if you were in her position?
- After Charlotte whips Captain Jaggery’s face, she apologizes. Did her behavior surprise you? If so, in what way? How were her actions in keeping with her character, and how were they not?
- Zachariah describes Charlotte as “the very soul of justice.” How does this description influence her?
- Why do you think the captain chooses to make an example out of Zachariah?
- Why does the crew stop calling Charlotte, “Ms. Doyle”? What does this change signify?
- Captain Jaggery gives Charlotte three choices: carry out the plan against him, apologize to him, or be hanged. In your opinion, does she make the right choice? What would you have done?
- How do you think the trip would have been different if the other families had not canceled and had joined Charlotte?
- Once Charlotte is back on land, she has a hard time fitting in with her family. Why do you think this is? How have her experiences aboard the Seahawk changed her?