The Diamond of Drury Lane (eBook)


MYSTERY, TREASURE, AND A LIFE ON THE STAGE.  The first episode of the adventures of Cat Royal is a big, fat juicy read.
She’s Cat Royal – four foot four, with long red hair, green eyes and not a penny she can call her own. But she does know a secret – where a treasure is hidden in the theater that is her home. The problem is, she isn’t the only one looking for it. One adventure leads into the next, taking Cat – and readers --  through the colorful streets of late 18th Century London. The exciting mystery – filled with fascinating characters, lots of incident, theatrical spectacles, and even a bit of political intrigue – will thrill readers.
The Diamond of Drury Lane is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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.

Praise for The Diamond of Drury Lane…

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

Product Details ISBN-13: 9781429941075
Published: Roaring Brook Press, 04/27/2009
Language: en