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Starred Review. Grade 6–8—A remarkable debut novel. Cat is a streetwise orphan living in the Drury Lane Theatre in 1790s London. Her budding friendships with violin prodigy Pedro, a former slave; two teenage members of the aristocracy; and the theatre's mysterious new prompter are put to the test when she agrees to help safeguard the hidden treasure of the title. Golding's fast-paced story abounds with atmosphere and adventure as Cat struggles to prevent the vicious leader of one of Covent Garden's street gangs from finding the diamond. Along the way, she experiences a taste of political intrigue and begins to wonder what her future holds. The author's liberal use of late-18th-century phraseology adds charm and color to this first-person tale, which is aided by a glossary in which the likable heroine explains each term. Cat and her friends are wholly three-dimensional, although some of the novel's minor characters are stereotypes. Readers will likely be too captivated by the charming prose, exciting plot, and Cat herself to notice this minor flaw.—Leah J. Sparks, formerly at Bowie Public Library, MD
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*Starred Review* The Drury Theater, where she was abandoned as a baby, is the only home Catherine Royal has ever known. When she learns the theater owner has a deposited a diamond somewhere on the premises, she vows to help keep it safe. The whereabouts of the diamond is a thread that runs through a story with as many cliff-hangers as there are chapters in the book. But real thrills also come from the varied, sharply drawn cast that populates the Covent Garden area of early eighteenth-century London. Violin virtuoso Pedro, a young African who was once a slave, seems trustworthy—but is he? Roughneck Billy wants Cat’s affection, and he’ll take what he can’t get. Jonathan, the theater prompter, may be involved in insurrection. Then there are the nobs, Lord Francis and Lady Elizabeth, who befriend Cat, a relationship that causes problems for all concerned. Golding, who won a 2006 Smarties Prize for this in Britian, is a talented scene setter. From the spectacles in the theater to the filth of the city streets, she offers a view London readers can grasp with all their senses. This first book in the Cat Royal Quartet ably sets the stage for what’s to come. Grades 7-10. --Ilene Cooper --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 800L (What's this?)
  • Series: A Cat Royal Adventure (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Square Fish (April 27, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312561237
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312561239
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1.2 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,008,889 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My journey to becoming an author has been a roundabout one, taking in many other careers. I grew up on the edge of Epping Forest (Essex, UK) and was that dreamy kind of child who was always writing stories. After reading English at Cambridge, I decided to find out as much as I could about the wider world so joined the Foreign Office and served in Poland. My work as a diplomat took me from the high point of town twinning in the Tatra Mountains to the low of inspecting the bottom of a Silesian coal mine.

On leaving Poland, I exchanged diplomacy for academia and took a doctorate in the literature of the English Romantic Period at Oxford. I then joined Oxfam as a lobbyist on conflict issues, campaigning at the UN and with governments to lessen the impact of conflict on civilians living in war zones - a cause about which I still feel very passionate.

Married with three children, I now live in Oxford between two rivers, surrounded by gargoyles, beautiful sandstone buildings and ancient trees. I plan my books while walking our dog, Caspar, on Port Meadow by the Thames or Isis.

My first novel, 'The Diamond of Drury Lane', won the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize 2006 and the Nestle Children's Book Prize 2006 (formerly known as the Smarties Prize). I was also chosen by Waterstone's in 2007 as one of their 'Twenty-five authors for the future'. 'Empty Quarter' was longlisted for the Carnegie Award 2009; 'Wolf Cry' in 2010. In the US, 'Secret of the Sirens' won the honor book medal of the Green Earth Book Award.

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Odin Hørthe Omdal on July 22, 2007
Adolescent orphan Catherine Royal lives backstage the Royal Theatre in old 18th century London. One night she hears of a diamond hidden inside the theatre, and from there the whole story unravels. She befriends an African boy and two kids of higher class than herself whilst she still hang around trying to become member of one of Londons many gangs.

I can't give this book any fair review as English is not my first language and I'm not good reviewing. However, this book had me from start to finish, a truly engaging and fantastic book which should be read if you like similar books.

Oh well, just read it and write a better review. :-)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Erin Johnson on August 3, 2009
Format: Paperback
Oh holy happiness! I picked up this one on interlibrary loan for an upcoming presentation of current popular children's books (yes, I know this came out in 2006, but the recent one just came out) and could hardly put it down!

If you've been reading my reviews for long, you'll notice a pattern of me falling in love with girls who are smart, strong, and smart-alecky with a twist. Catherine Royal is all of the above and more! This is the second book in a row I've read that involves the main character living in a theater, which I found to be really interesting as I rarely have some of the same characteristics in books by two different authors - hope that made sense. (The other is Eyes Like Stars).

Cat is an orphan who doesn't know who her parents were, but Mr. Sheridan has been her guardian of sorts since she was left on the steps of the theater. She's grown up around the raucous gangs of Covent Garden, knows which areas of London she should avoid at all costs, knows everyone and everything that goes on in the theater, and has a heart of gold that gets her into some serious hot water.

Her troubles start when she overhears Mr. Sheridan talking about the diamond that is hidden in the theater. She promises to keep the secret, and she does so quite well until Pedro shows up. Accidentally divulging the secret to him, she wonders if she can trust him when she finds him looking for the diamond. Add in the new stage prompter who is more than he seems, a bully with ethics and a bully that would be better off in Newgate (prison for those of you that don't know), and you've got yourself one rip-roaring story that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

I also absolutely adore how this novel was designed.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Book Club Reader on July 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
Anyone looking for a good historical fiction read will enjoy this fast-paced and witty tale about Cat Royal, an orphan living in one of England's theaters in the late 1700s. The story moves along quickly, with each chapter laid out in Acts and Cat narrating. Golding has done a fantastic job creating a character that the reader can easily fall in love with. I will definitely be reading the rest of the series.
The 2 page glossary at the back gives young readers insight into the slang of England without being intimidating. A great read aloud for 5th or 6th graders that gives you the opportunity to branch off into historical events from the 1700s.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TheLostBookReports on February 10, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I have passed this book several times in the Young Adult section of the public library and have always been intrigued to read it. So last month I FINALLY checked the book out and began reading. The book appealed to me as being an 18th Century Nancy Drew series. I was pretty stoked, given I have a fancy for Historical Fiction and Mysterys. I like all kinds of mysteries but this seemed to be more cloak and dagger like and I love those the most.

Unfortunately, for me.. I was very misguided in the fact that this book was in the YA section and not the Middle Grade section. The book is very MG and quite predictable, as well as NOT that much of a mystery. There were parts I liked and enjoyed and the characters are great but honestly it was just a giant book of subliminal lesson teaching to 8-12 year olds.

My other complaint is that the book is a BIG book that dragged out, by page 150 I was only JUST beginning to learn the plot. I rarely complain that a book is too long, usually the opposite is said. However, someone should have heavily edited The Diamon of Drury Lane, the story and atomosphere could have easily been told is less than 200 pages. In fact, I have seen many books, with far more substance do just that.

With that being said... The Diamond of Drury Lane is not a bad book, it is just not a book that should be in the YA section. The right age group would most likely enjoy this book and series. It just wasn't my cup of tea.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ohioan on August 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed the setting of this novel and liked the characters, but I often questioned whether what was happening could really have happened in the time period of the novel. Things just seemed so modern. As I read on, the book began to feel long: I wish it had been rewritten or edited so as to not drag. And I found the mystery very, very simple: too simple for this age level, I think. Despite these negatives, I must repeat that I like the setting and I like the characters, and I like that there are many hints in this book about how the characters will grow and the conflicts that will face them -- making for a series.
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