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  • Paperback: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Square Fish (April 27 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312561237
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312561239
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.8 x 19.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,124,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Diamond of Drury Lane has been named one of Booklist's Top Ten Mystery for Youth books in their May 1, 2008 issue. Starred Review: Kirkus Reviews - May 1, 2008 issue
Young Cat, red-haired and full of curiosity, lives at the Theater Royal in Drury Lane, having been abandoned there as a wee babe and raised by the theater folk and Mr. Sheridan, the owner. Golding surrounds Cat with colorful characters. The butcher boy, also a boxer, heads up a gang that rivals that of evil Billy Boil. Johnny draws revolutionary cartoons and has a secret. The music master's protege, freed slave Pedro, plays the violin like an angel and becomes Cat's partner in adventures. There are boxing and gang fights and pawnshops and a terrible jail and a lively pair of noble siblings who fall in with Cat; there are overheard conversations--like the one about a hidden diamond.... The characterization tends to the sketchy and offhand, but the story itself plunges headlong from the theater into 1790s-era London's muddy streets and silken drawing rooms. Readers will be heartened to know that this is the first of a projected quartet (although it eschews a cliffhanger ending). Winner of the 2006 Smarties Prize. (Historical fiction. 10-14)
Starred Reiew - School Library Journal Gr 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 thevicious 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... Readers will likely be too captivated by the charming prose, exciting plot, and Cat herself ...."-Leah J. Sparks, formerly at Bowie Public Library, MD"

"The Diamond of Drury Lane" has been named one of Booklist's Top Ten Mystery for Youth Books "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."--"Booklist," Starred Review
"A remarkable debut novel. . . . Golding's fast-paced story abounds with atmosphere and adventure."--"School Library Journal," Starred Review
"[A] fast-moving adventure . . . Golding situates her story precisely; often a few deft words bring the setting into satisfying, sharp focus."--"The Horn Book"
"The story itself plunges headlong from the theater into 1790s-era London's muddy streets and silken drawing rooms. Readers will be heartened to know that this is the first of a projected quartet (although it eschews a cliffhanger ending)."--"Kirkus Reviews," Starred Review

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. "Booklist, Starred Review"

A remarkable debut novel. . . . Golding's fast-paced story abounds with atmosphere and adventure. "School Library Journal, Starred Review"

[A] fast-moving adventure . . . Golding situates her story precisely; often a few deft words bring the setting into satisfying, sharp focus. "The Horn Book"

The story itself plunges headlong from the theater into 1790s-era London's muddy streets and silken drawing rooms. Readers will be heartened to know that this is the first of a projected quartet (although it eschews a cliffhanger ending). "Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review""

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. Booklist, Starred Review

A remarkable debut novel. . . . Golding's fast-paced story abounds with atmosphere and adventure. School Library Journal, Starred Review

[A] fast-moving adventure . . . Golding situates her story precisely; often a few deft words bring the setting into satisfying, sharp focus. The Horn Book

The story itself plunges headlong from the theater into 1790s-era London's muddy streets and silken drawing rooms. Readers will be heartened to know that this is the first of a projected quartet (although it eschews a cliffhanger ending). Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

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"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." --Booklist, Starred Review

"A remarkable debut novel. . . . Golding's fast-paced story abounds with atmosphere and adventure." --School Library Journal, Starred Review

"[A] fast-moving adventure . . . Golding situates her story precisely; often a few deft words bring the setting into satisfying, sharp focus." --The Horn Book

"The story itself plunges headlong from the theater into 1790s-era London's muddy streets and silken drawing rooms. Readers will be heartened to know that this is the first of a projected quartet (although it eschews a cliffhanger ending)." --Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

About the Author

Julia Golding attended Cambridge University then joined the UK Foreign Office and served in Poland. She exchanged diplomacy for academia and got her Ph.D. in the literature of the English Romantic Period at Oxford. She 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. Married with three children, she now lives in Oxford. Her next book in the continuing adventures of Cat Royal is Cat Among the Pigeons, available now from Roaring Brook Press.

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