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Everything Charlotte Doyle

This is one of my most popular books, so I offer you some interesting tidbits about The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle:

True Confessions of Charlotte DoyleBehind the story

I began the last story about a story by telling how Book A (Something Upstairs) led to Book B (The Man who was Poe). Here is the story how the Poe book led to Book C, The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle.

Poe is generally credited with having invented the detective tale with his short story, Murders on the Rue Morgue. (1841) That story, profoundly influential, also came to be known as a “Locked Room Mystery.” Which is to say something happens in a room that is presumably inaccessible.

Well, I thought, living as I was on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, what could be more of a “locked room” than a sailing ship at sea? read more

Readers’ Theater Script

Your classroom, play group, book club, or library group can enjoy performing this script for 13 voices.

Discussion Questions

Scholastic offers 10 discussion questions to get you started.

Book Covers through the Years

Why do you think the different covers have been used for the book? What would you predict the story will be about when you “judge the book by its cover”? Which cover is your favorite? (A few of these are translated into languages other than English.)

True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle

Movie Adaptation

I’m often asked if there will be a movie made of Charlotte Doyle

Back in 2011, Danny DeVito was working on it. Then one of the primary cast members, Morgan Freeman, was in an accident and the movie was put on hold. But they made a poster for the movie! (Morgan Freeman recovered and is back to making movies.)

Any new news about a movie? Never say never.

2 thoughts on “Everything Charlotte Doyle”

  1. Oh, please do keep pursuing the movie! That is one that I’ve always thought would be awesome in movie form IF they do it true to the book and your vision. The same with Something Upstairs! Would love to see Disney take up the adventure of creating the movies!

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  2. Wow! Interesting poster! I’ve been hoping they’d get around to making that movie but it looks like it’s not going to happen. Hopefully the rights will be bought by someone else to make it! Maybe I can buy it off Danny in a few years :’)

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