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Rinaldi, Ann. Mutiny's daughter.

RINALDI, Ann. Mutiny's daughter. HarperTrophy. 218p. bibliog. c2004. 0-06-441010-2. $5.99. J

To quote the review of the hardcover in KLIATT, March 2004: Fletcher Christian Fletcher Christian (September 25 1764 – October 3 1793) was a Master's Mate on board the Bounty during William Bligh's fateful voyage to Tahiti for breadfruit plants (see Mutiny on the Bounty). , Samuel Taylor Samuel (or Sam) Taylor may refer to:
  • Samuel Taylor (stenographer) (fl. 1786), invented shorthand system, attended Abraham Lincoln's death
  • Samuel Mitchell Taylor (1852-1921), US Congressman from Arkansas
 Coleridge, Mary Wollstonecraft--these are names readers may not be familiar with, but this story will be an introduction to them. The main character, Mary, is the daughter of Fletcher Christian, born after the mutiny on the Bounty Mutiny on the Bounty

activities of mutineers, Captain Bligh, island wanderings (1789). [Am. Lit.: Mutiny on the Bounty]

See : Rebellion
 when Christian took refuge on an island in Tahiti and married a native woman. Christian is a criminal because of his role in the mutiny, and must stay in hiding Adv. 1. in hiding - quietly in concealment; "he lay doggo"
doggo, out of sight
. Rinaldi does a "what if" story here--what if Christian and his little daughter managed to come to England and Mary was passed off as the daughter of Christian's brother and raised by her grandmother?

Then, the story begins as Mary is in adolescence and the family proposes that she attend a school in London run by women devoted to the ideas of Mary Wollstonecraft and the equality of women. The other girls at the school also seem to have irregular backgrounds and they love telling fanciful histories of themselves. One girl, however, unearths the truth that Mary is the daughter of Fletcher Christian and uses that knowledge to blackmail her. Coleridge? Well, The Rime rime: see rhyme.  of the Ancient Mariner Ancient Mariner

cursed by the crew because his slaying of the albatross is causing their deaths. [Br. Poetry: Coleridge The Rime of the Ancient Mariner]

See : Curse

Ancient Mariner

telling his tale is penance for his guilt. [Br.
 may be about Mary's father, Fletcher Christian, or so Mary thinks. The plot becomes one of boarding school themes: jealousy among the girls, breaking the rules, and so forth. Added to this is Mary's longing to know her father and about how the two are reunited. Rinaldi knows how to appeal to YA readers, especially those who like historical fiction. Claire Rosser, KLIATT

J--Recommended for junior high school students. The contents are of particular interest to young adolescents and their teachers.
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Author:Rosser, Claire
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Date:Jul 1, 2005
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