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The Diamond of Drury Lane (Cat Royal) (edition 2006)

by Julia Golding

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Orphan Catherine "Cat" Royal, living at the Drury Lane Theater in 1790s London, tries to find the "diamond" supposedly hidden in the theater, which unmasks a treasonous political cartoonist, and involves her in the street gangs of Covent Garden and the world of nobility.
Title:The Diamond of Drury Lane (Cat Royal)
Authors:Julia Golding
Info:Egmont Books Ltd (2006), Hardcover, 256 pages
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I really enjoyed this. It might not be a masterpiece but it was good fun, with lots of action, and times when Cat and her friends have to use their ingenuity to get out of a bad situation. The characters were pretty well-drawn and likeable (the ones we're supposed to like) and overall I thought it was a very good story. I look forward to reading later instalments in the series. ( )
  daisy_may | Jul 20, 2017 |
For some reason, I find it condescending when an author puts "dear reader" at least once in every chapter. Aside from that HUGE annoyance, it was okay. ( )
  Allyanaz | Dec 15, 2016 |
Good middle-reader book, set in the theatre district of 18th century London.
~Stephanie ( )
  BooksOn23rd | Nov 25, 2015 |
Set in 1790 London, this is narrated by young Catherine (Cat) Royal, a foundling taken in by Sheridan and reared as the errand-girl of the Drury Lane Theatre. Her already eventful life becomes more exciting still with the addition to the company of Johnny, the mysterious new Prompt; Pedro, the young African violinist; and rumours of a diamond hidden somewhere in the theatre. Outside the theatre she is mixed up in (or mixes herself up in) boxing matches, street brawls, an ill-fated love, and risky political satire. Hair's-breadth escapes, sneering villains both high and low, balloon ascents, and more.
1 vote bmlg | Feb 24, 2011 |
The word that best describes this little romp in eighteenth century England is cute. It was very cute. It isn’t historically accurate, and I don’t think the author was attempting for the characters to act as such. The story was preposterous, but definitely a bit of fun. This is the first book in a series that I would have adored as a child, and I honestly don’t see anything wrong with them, as they are a riot. Cat Royal gets into a bit of trouble, always with the best of intentions, she fights for the injustice she sees, stands up for what she believes in, and has some true friends. Even if it isn’t historically accurate, I like this version much better. She has spunk. ( )
  ragingaddgirl | Dec 17, 2010 |
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For Peggy Chowns - my great-aunt who loves reading.
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Reader, you are set to embark on an adventure about one hidden treasure, two bare-knuckle boxers, three enemies and four hundred and thirty-eight rioters.
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Set in 1790's Covent Garden this book whisks you back to a bygone era, and to embark on an adventure about one hidden treasure, two bare-knuckle boxers, three enemies, and four hundred and thirty-eight rioters.

It is the tale of Catherine "Cat" Royal, an orphan, four foot four with long red hair and not a penny to call her own. She lives in the Theater Royal on Drury Lane, a place filled with dramatic characters, theatrical spectacles, and now, a secret treasure--which Cat has been asked to protect. Her new friend Pedro, a former slave and gifted violinist, is eager to help, and so is the theater prompter, Jonathan, who is hiding secrets of his own. But when the ruthless gang leader Billy Shepherd learns about the treasure, Cat thinks she's going to lose it for sure. She still doesn't know what the treasure is, so how can she keep it safe from Billy and his gang? Follow Cat into the streets of London, as she faces danger and adventure, racing to be the first to discover the diamond of Drury Lane!
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