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Den of Thieves (Cat Royal #3)

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  1,118 ratings  ·  62 reviews
TRAITORS, CAPTIVES, AND A PEOPLE'S REVOLUTION

The third volume of the CAT ROYAL ADVENTURE series takes readers to Paris on a covert mission.



The Theater Royal is closed for renovations, so Mr. Sheridan commissions Cat to act as his spy in revolutionary Paris. Disguised as a ballerina, Cat joins the revolution, only to find that it is up to her to save her friends when they a...more
Hardcover, 417 pages
Published April 27th 2009 by Roaring Brook Press (first published February 5th 2007)
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Gemma
Take Jacky Faber off the ocean and stick her in a London theater, and you've got Cat Royal.

It's been about two years since I read the last book in the series, but I was able to pick up exactly where I left off. In Den of Thieves the pint-sized red-head is faced with the destruction of the Drury Lane theater, leaving her homeless, and the French Revolution from the perspective of the Parisian cutthroats and guttersnipes...what fun! Cat's sense of humor and street smarts get her into one scrape af...more
Miss Clark
Jun 18, 2009 Miss Clark rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of Cat Royal & Julia Golding
The third installment of the "Cat Royal" series has all the requisite action and humor that I have come to expect, but I found Golding's representation of the French Revolution trite and inaccurate, presenting only a very tiny facet of what was an enormously complex situation. In Cat's eyes, apart from a few stray killings, of which she was almost one, as were her friends the Avons, the Revolution was a jolly old good time, giving freedom and equality to all. This is far too simplistic a take on...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Den of thieves (Cat Royal, #3), 2008, Julia Golding
Characters: Cat Royal, Pedro Hawkins, Lord Francis or Frank, Lady Elizabeth or Lizzie, Billy 'Boil' Shepherd, Lord Jonathan Fitzroy, Johnny Smith or Captain Sparkler, Mr Sheridan Cat's jolly, Syd, The Duke of Avon, The Earl of Ranshaw Father of Johnny, Marzi-pain Marchmont.
Abstract: In Cat Royal’s third thrilling adventure, the Theater Royal is closed for renovations. Cat’s friends plan to spend the summer in France, leaving her homeless and alo...more
Elisia
Julia Golding books are always a wonderfully worded to make a world that you feel apart of! Julia Goldind is one of my favourite authors and I would recomened the 'Cat Royal' Series!!! Julia Golding
Tricia
I am a huge fan of Cat Royal. I fell in love with her in the first book, The Diamond of Drury Lane, where she proves to be a tomboy and worthy guardian of the theatre that serves as her home. In the third book in the series, she travels to Paris during the Revolution.
Emilee
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Meg
Cat Royal's stories are so exciting! I'm just swept up in all the excitement. I didn't realize that there are already so many books in the series. I've got a lot of catching up to do!
Teenreader7
This is an absolutely fabulous book! I love the cat royal series and this book is no exception. After drury lane theatre, cat's home and workplace, is destroyed, the orphan is left stranded and has to make her own way. In this book her journey takes her to Paris and gets her all messed up with the French Revolution. All the classic characters make a reappearance including new ones! This book is my favourite cat royal book and is an adventure not to be missed! As ever cat's classic humour and oth...more
Qnpoohbear
Cat Royal has grown up as ward of the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Now she's growing up and a parting of the ways is necessary, at least temporarily, for Mr. Sheridan has plans to build a bigger and better Theatre Royal. Cat doesn't seem to figure into the plans for the new theater. Too proud to admit she needs help, Cat strikes out on her own. Not quite ready yet to be totally independent, she finds it difficult and nearly falls into the clutches of Billy Shepherd. Then she's sent on a secret spyi...more
Cherrylea
I really love this series, these characters. I have to say that my review for this is going to be similar to the last one, though, so a few quick comments:
1. So, same thing: great, hilarious characters (new and old), constant witty comments, and the fun that comes with all of Cat's problems!
2. I did hate the new loss of confidence Cat experienced... hopefully that will be out by the next book!
3. Okay, so you all know that I have to comment on this: there's more romancy stuff in this book! Syd ma...more
Laura
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Erin Sterling
#3 in the Cat Royal series. While I haven't been impressed with the writing in any of the books, the stories have kept me engaged, and this one continued to do so. Cat Royal has lived in the theater her whole life, but when her manager/protector decides to shut it down for a few years to build a whole new theater, Cat doesn't know where she'll go, especially since all of her friends are leaving London--the brawny boxer Syd is off to the country, her royal friends Frank and Lizzie are off to Pari...more
Claire
Set in the 1700's in England the Cat Royal Series chronicles the many adventures of young Cat, an orphan, raised - so to speak - under the patronage of a Parliament member Mr. Sheridan and owner of the Drury Lane Theater. In the Den of Thieves, the company is set adrift when Mr. Sheridan decides to raze and remodel the theater. A few lucky members have employment in a sister theater, but Cat is set adrift and homeless. Too proud to tell anyone that she has no prospects and no money she is buffet...more
Amy
What has happened to our beloved Cat Royal? Gone is our spunky heroine whose optimistic chear and wit gets her in and out of trouble, gone is the self assured young lady who mingles with the poorest of poor, the highest of high, and those in between. Suddenly we have an uncertain, weak, *simpering*, teenager whose hormones seemed to have kicked in!
Though scattered references and sightings of people like Marie Antoinette and Rospierre (sp?) may be amusing, the whole 'glory of the French Revoluti...more
Lara
Ah, Cat--always in some kind of jam, this time in a foreign country during a time of revolution! Still ridiculous, still funny, still full of great characters and great adventures. Cat's in pretty serious trouble this time, both in England and in France, and has to do some pretty heavy thinking about who she is and how she wants to live her life. She's definitely more of an insecure, confused teenager in this one than she has been in the first two books, although as mouthy and scrappy as ever, o...more
Caitlinleah
I feel bad giving this only three stars. But after reading Bloody Jack... well, let's just say Cat Royal is no Jacky Farber. It was a little flat with everything all tied up nicely in the end, and I had a hard time getting to know the characters. I think this is because it's the third book in the series, but still it should stand on its own. Otherwise just make one big book instead of writing a series. Lots of other reviews mentioned that it's for younger readers, and I think that's a good thing...more
Claire
I really liked this book, it was probably one of my favorites so far in Cat Royal, I thought her adventures in Paris were very interesting and meeting a thief King {J-F}. Johnny and Lizzie was cute, I thought they were the cutest couple ever.
Thebruce1314
I really like some aspects of these books: they're exciting, easy to read, and I really think they would appeal to the tween audience. At least, if said tween is into history. I just thought this storyline was kind of weak - the gratuitous insertion of French monarchy, the fact that Cat was virtually abandoned by her supposedly loyal friends, briefly...I know it's just a work of fiction, but I like my fiction somewhat believable. The relationships that Golding crafted between characters in the f...more
Karen
Cat Royal Series #3. The series is starting to get a little perfuntory but the characters are still interesting. Cat, a feisty heroine who finds herself homeless, is offered a chance to make some money by spying for Mr. Sheridan at the beginning of the French Revolution in Paris. Caught up in the events, she must rescue her friends the Duke of Avon and his family when they are imprisoned in the Bastille, all while disguised as a member of a ballerina troupe. Suitors beseige her on all sides to h...more
Elevetha
Certainly not my favorite of the series. Cat and assorted friends set off for France in the midst of the French Revolution. Cat is there on a mission for Mr. Sherridan. Cat is also undercover as a ballerina for all of pretty much nil of the book. Frank finds this highly amusing. Frank, sweet as ever, is in France with Cat. The rest of the Avon family is incarcerated in a French prison for spying. Syd is off on a boxing tour and missing Cat. Billy, as obsessed with Cat as ever, demands that she b...more
Sara Lou
An interesting adventure for Cat as she finds herself sent on an errand to France. Once there she is caught up in the revolution amidst the Den of Thieves, courted by their 'king'. Along the way Cat finds herself in a mess of trouble, in threat of her life and in general giving us exactly what we expect from our heroine. Not my favourite of the Cat Royal books I've read but still a good read and JG continues to weave an interesting tale about the life of Cat.

Everyone should read these books, you...more
Meghan
Same complaints as the previous ones but again another good story.
Stephanie
These books are so good. I love Cat's voice. And it's great that Golding deals with the difficult issues in her books. She leaves no stone unturned--she doesn't flinch from examining the difficult issues. She also ages Cat well--it takes Cat a shorter time now to figure things out than it did in the first book, and Cat is more aware of her own emotions than she used to be. Cat also acknowledges when she has been in denial about her own feelings--in short, Golding creates a believably maturing ch...more
Yvonne Powderly
The 3rd book in the Cat Royal series. Cat, an orphan, lives at the Theater Royal in Drury Lane, England. When the owner decides to tear down the theater to build a new one, Cat has no where to go! The books takes the reader on various adventures which are engaging. The characters are interesting, and with a dollop of history and travel, it all adds up to a worthwhile read. Suitable for all, but especially middle school aged.
Allison
After becoming homeless and finding the future a bit hopeless, Cat lands a job as a spy in Paris disguised as a ballerina. As per usual Cat finds herself in hot water with new friends and foes.

The Den of Thieves may not be my favorite Cat Royal book but I definitely enjoyed it just the same. Can't wait to read more about the tales of the mischievous orphan girl from Drury Lane.
Mariana
sooo.....good!!!!!!! love these books
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Leiming
This was my first Julia Golding book.
My aunty Linda from the uk bought it for me. she didn't think I would like it very much but I got hooked and I also found out they were 7 books in total. I have just read the 4th. This is a really good book, a little predictable and as a french speaker the use of French clichéd were not as funny.
Kell
This series just keeps getting better and better! In the earlier books, we’ve touched on political activism, freedom of speech and slavery; this time it’s the French Revolution! Cat Royal is really growing and improving over the course of the series and I have high hopes for the rest of them!
Joelle
The third book was a charm!
Erin
I love, love, love Cat. And Syd (I think that's how you spell it). And them together, regardless of what my big sister insists, I love them.

And Johnny, and J-F, and Lizzie and Frank and Pedro and etc etc etc.
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Julia Golding grew up on the edge of Epping Forest. After reading English at Cambridge, she joined the Foreign Office and served in Poland.

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“Sorry Johnny."
"Sorry for what "
"For shouting at you. It's just that when I think about the future I keep panicking. It's like falling from the top of the stairs in the dark not knowing where I'll end up."
He put his arm around my shoulders. "I understand. Life is precarious for most of us but more so for you. What you forget is what most of your friends see in you."
"What's that "
"The ability to beat the odds..."
"And fall on my feet "
He nodded.
"I just hope that lasts."
"It will Catkin it will. It wouldn't dare fail you.”
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