Oh how I love this kind of book: children's historical fiction in combination with an adventure story and a strong female heroine! Of course, reading this book as an adult, many things seem a little unrealistic and the heroine at times seems quite naive. But the book is written for children and they just love this kind of thing. And Charlotte also is a child; of course she would rather trust in the captain, a person who reminds her of her father, and not in the sailors. This also explains the way she acts in the beginning. During the voyage she changes a lot however which made me enjoy the book even more. I particularly liked the end of the book and I really enjoyed the twists and turns the story takes. Highly recommended!