Wednesday, November 28, 2007
I've packed my paperback copy of Sally Watson's book "Jade" to take to work today.
It's for Kraiger to give to his 9-year-old daughter.
I was about 9 when I read this book and I loved it. I used to check it out over and over from the library, devouring it and imagining being the heroine.
Jade is a teenager in colonial Virginia. She is rebellious and refuses to live by society's repressive rules for girls. She ends up becoming a pirate and joining the ship of famous female pirates Anne Bonney and Mary Read. This was utterly believable to me at the time. Of course a young girl would be a fencing expert, join the pirates, and only fight to free slaves. What could be more credible than that? And what a great fantasy for a 9-year-old girl!
Reading it now, I have to laugh at Jade's sneering at boys and her brash attitude. "He was a boy, and of the ruling class and race, and everything was to his advantage. Oh, I hate men!"
This made perfect sense to 9-year-old Marie, who had no trouble at all envisioning herself fighting slavers with a pirate sword.
I'm sure it will make sense to Kraiger's kid too.