The Diamond of Drury Lane

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This Cat's got claws!
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Julia Goldings first novel is a rollicking adventure story set in the theatres and alleyways of late 18th-century London, where street gangs duke it out with wayward young nobles and escaped slaves to find a precious jewel that will mean either their fortunes or their deaths. Heroine Cat is not typical of a lower-class girl of her era, but makes no claims to be, and readers will warm to this resourceful ragamuffin and chuckle at her lively antics and deadpan narration. Supporting players are equally sympatheticor despicable, as the case may beand readers will wish theyd been given more scenes. The magnificent design and hilarious (fictional) reviews from famous critics are great examples of the spirit of fun that pervades this theatrical novel, which will leave readers eagerly anticipating the second Cat Royal novel, Cat Among the Pigeons.
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Fantastic example of historical fiction
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Reader reviewed by Chaellee

The use of dialect is amazing in this book. Usually, dialect is either over or under used in novels such as these. This use of dialect works extremely well in the context of this tale. The setting, eighteenth-century London, is well recepted in the flow of the story. Slight romance and apprehension are crammed into this novel. An excellent read for all fantasy and fairy tales lovers.
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A Diamond in the rough
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Reader reviewed by Mariah

This book was pretty good! It had a slightly lower reading level than
most YA books in my opinion. So in my opinion it would be more
appropriate as a middle grade book.

Besides that the characters
were well developed and the scenes were well constructed. Parts of it
were slightly boring but the exciting parts made up for it. Cat was a
very sweet and like able character.

This is the first book in a three book series.

reprinted here with author's permission


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wonderful book
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Reader reviewed by army

i am doing the childrens book award show this year i am from wath comp school and we are doing a peratention on your book. we had to vote in 12 of us 5 of us what to another book. but me and my friends 7 of us what to do a peratention on diamond of drury lane. so we are doing it i hope we win becuse another school is doing the same book as us. and we are going to beat them i think this book is a wonderful and mystirest book i is fantackitl ok xxxxx from wath comperhensive school xx year 10 and 7 and 8 xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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