Golding, Julia. Cat among the pigeons.

Author:Rosser, Claire
Position:Young adult review - Brief article - Book review

GOLDING, Julia. Cat among the pigeons. (Sequel to The Diamond of Drury Lane.) Roaring Brook. c2006. 368p. 978-1-59643-352-6. $16.95. J*

We missed reviewing the first in this fine series, but it would be easy for younger YA readers who love historical fiction to pick up the action in this second installment. (More books in the series have been published in the UK and are due here in the US soon.) The setting is London, 1790, and Cat is an orphan child who resides as a kind of servant in the great theatre of Drury Lane, with the finest actors in the world as her "family." She has gotten a superb education just being around such talented people and world-class drama--she is able to "do" any number of accents and disguises, for example. In this thrilling, action-filled story, Cat's friend Pedro, a gifted young actor playing Ariel in The Tempest, is in danger of being taken to Barbados by a slaver who owns him. At this time, the Abolitionists are active in trying to have slavery banned throughout the Empire, and some Abolitionists are...

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