Bloody Jack is such an inspired YA novel. Its all about an orphan girl who disguises herself as a boy so she can join the navy and go to sea. It's full of adventure, humor, loss, and romance. It pulls no punches at all when dealing with some pretty heavy stuff which is partly why I think kids and teens will love it. Jacky is a terrific character, and the story was almost impossible to put down. I'm so glad there are more of these so I can see where Jacky's adventures take her next. Giving this an enthusiastic 9!