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The witch from the sea
Jensen, Lisa, 1952-
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Reno, Nevada : Beagle Bay Books, [2001]

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321 pages: 22 cm
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In 1823, Tory Lightfoot runs away from Boston's soul-stifling Worthen Academy for Women where her rebellious nature and mixed blood are the source of constant scorn and abuse. Seeking freedom that she knows she'll never find at the school, she disguises herself as a young man and stows away aboard a merchantman bound for Barbados--only to be captured by pirates. Through a series of well-meant but disastrous choices, Tory winds up accepting the pirates' invitation to join their crew. She quickly takes to the life of an outlaw, joining the buccaneers as they plunder ships while they dodge the pirate-hunting American "West India Squadron". But the authorities turn out to be the least of her troubles, for it is her heart that tests her character and ability to survive. First there is Matty, a handsome gentleman's-son-turned-pirate out to prove himself on his own terms. There's also Jack, her mentor, who reluctantly helps her adapt to the brigand's life.

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Tory MacKenzie, part Native American and an adventurous 16, realizes that the rigidity of 1823 Boston society is not what she wants out of life, especially after her mother dies, her father goes crazy, and her aunt sends her to a joyless boarding school. So Tory decides to disguise herself as a boy and head out on the open seas. Her boat has the misfortune of being boarded by pirates in the Caribbean, and she joins them when her shipmates accuse her of betraying them. Tory soon learns that the pirates are not the bloodthirsty lot she believed: they live by a strict code and are just trying to survive. A fortune-teller told her a blond, godlike man was in her future, and the Adonis-like Matty, the last of the crew she meets, certainly lives up to that prediction, but she learns that character matters far more than appearance. Jensen combines action and romance in this gritty and realistic portrait of life on the seas. --Patty Engelmann