The Diamond of Drury Lane (Cat Royal, Book 1)
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The Diamond of Drury Lane (Cat Royal #1)

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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. It is told by an ignorant and prejudiced author—me.


She’s Cat Royal, 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 character...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published April 27th 2009 by Square Fish (first published January 2nd 2006)
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Anita
This story is part of a series which includes: "Cat Amoung the Pigeons", "Den of Thieves", "Cat O'Nine Tails" and "Black Heart of Jamaica".
An orphaned 12-year-old girl named Catherine 'Cat' Royal lives in the Theatre Royal in late 18th Century London. She was found by the owner of the theatre (Mr Sheridan) who took her in and named her Cat Royal (the royal coming from the name of the theatre) and since lived there. She is a sort of mascot, maid-cum-runabout to the theatre whose main job includes...more
Barbara Gordon
I quite liked this. My husband snaffled it away from me and read it first, laughing out loud several times. From the moment where Cat compares the theatre company to England, with Mr. Sheridan as the king, and herself as the mail-coach bringing news back and forth, leading Jonathan the prompter to describe himself as the bishop 'because he provides the word to those in need', I knew the author wasn't going to be lazy.
So it's a good old-fashioned melodrama, with thrilling escapes, jeopardy to spa...more
Kat
I will admit it, the cover is what first caught my eye and made me read on, but in this case, judging a book by it's cover proved to be a good thing, as this is a little gem of a novel. The story follows Cat Royal, an orphan living behind the scenes of the famous Theatre Royal in London, and the secrets she uncovers amongst the props and costumes. 'The Diamond of Drury Lane' is not just a fun romp. It also casts the reader back to the late Eighteenth Century, from the mean streets of London, to...more
Christalle Luneta,  Huntress

Let me start off by saying Wow! I did not expect that.
This book surprised me, my friend had recommended this to me a while back and my idiotic answer "you know I'm good I got other books I need to read" Biggest reason for this answer is because yes I judged the book by its cover, I am guilty of doing this so many times and then later be slapping myself because I didn't read those books sooner.
*Slap*
Okay now that we got that overwith. The main character Cat Royal is everything a herione should b...more
Michael
Tried to buy this one for Harper but had trouble finding anyone else besides me who liked it to same irrational degree that I did. Thoroughly enjoyable and great good fun--Eighteenth Century Britain! Thieves and dastardly men! Sinister doings backstage at a theater! a freed slave coping with defining who he is in a world that is trying to define him as something very narrow indeed! If not quite exceptional, the Cat Royal books are sort of "Sally Lockhart Lite," and pretty much perfect for middle...more
Sammie
I read this as a favour to my Mum, who is a teacher. It is intended for 9-12 year olds, and I think it probably suites the lower end of this age range. It read as a book that was written for teaching, in that there are so many themes you could pull out of it to base lessons or discussions around.

Cat is an orphan in 18th century London - raised in a theatre by the owner and staff. As orphan's go she is a fairly lucky one - although she has been exposed to the rougher side of London, she has a sa...more
Brooke Shirts
Ah, so satisfying in so many ways!

Catherine "Cat" Royal is a foundling adopted by London's Drury Lane theater, circa the late 1700s. It's a position that lets her mingle with cast, crew, and audience members both high and low. When she overhears theater manager Mr. Sheridan saying how he is hiding a diamond in Drury Lane, her curiosity is piqued, although her discovery and subsequent protection of this diamond isn't exactly what anybody suspects.

Add to this some narrow escapes from street gangs,...more
Luna
The Diamond of Drury Lane follows Cat, a young girl growing up in the 1790s. Cat is fortunate as she tells us, she was left on the step of Drury Lane Theater as a baby and Mr Sheridan took her in. While she has no idea of her heritage she has a home and fascinating one at that.

Unlike many of her peers Cat can read and write, taught to her by the previous prompt at Drury Lane. She is also street smart and knows how to handle herself when left on her own.

The story starts with a riot at the theater...more
Ahmad
The diamond of drury lane (Cat Royal, #1), 2006, 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: 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,...more
Cat
Title: The Diamond of Drury Lane
Author: Julia Golding
Year: 2006
ISBN: (ISBN13: 9781405221498)
Type: book
Genre: Historical Fiction
Length/Pages & Reading Level: 421 pages; 9 and up.
Publisher/Studio name: Egmont Books (UK)
Plot: This story takes place in the late 18th century England and centers on a young girl raised in a theater. She is named after the theater. The performers, workers and owners are her family. She learns of a Diamond in the theater and enlists the help of a young performer to s...more
Pam
Oh, my! This book (& series) is amazing! I'm obsessed.

When Catherine Royal (Cat) was a baby, she was left on the steps of the Royal Theatre in London. The theatre people adopted her, giving her a roof over her head and letting them be part of their lives. But Cat also has a tendency to attract trouble. When she overhears the theatre owner talking about the diamond he's hidden in the theatre, he enlists her help to keep his secret hidden. She doesn't know where the diamond is or what it looks...more
Mary
This series has sky-rocketed itself to the top of my must-buy list! I started and finished it in one day. Golding is a superb author! I love all of her characters! Besides Brian Jacques she's the only modern author who makes me cry because I want so badly to be friends with her characters. And props to Cat for her smarts, she figures things out faster than heroines usually do! And she isn't annoyingingly fiesty and quarrelsome either, she knows when to stop and let it go. Add to that a more crea...more
Alexandra Gold
Aug 10, 2011 Alexandra Gold rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everybody who loves adventure and orphans
1st Book in the series
5 stars

I enjoyed this book, it's dynamic , fun, entertaining and well written. I wish it had a much more bigger marketing campaign, it could have been almost famous like Harry Potter or Series of Unfortunate Events.
I love Cat, she is clever, cunning and most of the time she manages to get herself into trouble but makes a great escape every time. Pedro is a likable character, Syd too, I have an affinity for Billy :) the rest of her friends are great to interact with, as Cat...more
Claire
Feb 28, 2009 Claire rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who like the old English setting, dialog and street characters.
I read this last year, and I liked it alot- set in old England- Kat is an orphan taken in by the theatre on Drury Lane. She is feisty and appealing to all, including a nemesis- an unpleasant gang leader who is sweet on her. She unfortunately spurns him in a public and humiliating way, not understanding the ways of the heart and how vulnerable this boy is to her. She kicks off a chain of events that entangle lords, ladies, urchins and judges who are trying to find the Diamond of Drury Lane. An al...more
Ashia
Julia Golding is pure genius. I love this series-couldn't put it down and read every single book consecutively over a couple of days! I can't believe my brother got to meet her and he didn't even know who she was! I think it would be incredible to meet her <3
Kalie


I'm not one for writing reviews, but here's in simple terms of what I thought.

I loved it. Intriguing. A little young. I think they could have used less characters and then develop those characters a little better.
Caitlin
This lovely little book has the right balance of adventure, age appropriate realistic themes, and straight up fun to keep it's readers pleased. I'm looking forward to seeing what the rest of the series has to offer.
Allyana Ziolko
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.
Qnpoohbear
In 1790 London young Cat Royal is the ward of Theatre Royal Drury Lane; the best theatre in all of London. Cat loves the excitement of the theatre and the people she meets there, especially the former slave boy Pedro, who is now apprenticed to the maestro and the new prompt, Johnny Smith. Cat accidentally overhears the theatre owner Mr. Sheridan and another man discussing hiding a diamond in the theatre. When she is discovered, Cat promises to keep the diamond safe. She begins to suspect that Jo...more
Bookworm1858
The Diamond of Drury Lane by Julia Golding
Roaring Book Press, 2006
419 pages
YA; Historical
4/5 stars

Source: Library

Read for YA Book Battle and also because the sequels looked really intriguing.

Cat Royal is an orphan living in the Theater Royal in 1790 London. She has been unofficially adopted by the theater folk and has lived there as long as she can remember. Living among the actors, writers, and designers as well as the gangs that control the seedier sections of town is a not too bad existence....more
Erica
Cat is an orphan, but she considers herself to be one of the luckiest people alive. You see, when her parents abandoned her she was left on the steps of the Theatre Royal on Drury Lane, and that's where she has lived ever since. Life in the theatre is never boring, but it becomes even more exciting with the arrival of a diamond and two new friends--all of which seem to bring nothing but trouble into her life. With dodging gang members on the street and nearly dying on wayward set pieces nowhere...more
Chris Murray
Golding, Julia. The Diamond of Drury Lane (2008)
The Diamond of Drury Lane is a mystery story set in London in the1790s. The main character, Cat Royal, is an orphan who was abandoned on the doorstep of the Drury Lane Theater, and raised by the theater manager, Mr. Sheridan and his crew. One night she overhears him talking to a mysterious stranger about hiding a diamond in the theater. She promises to keep this newly acquired knowledge a secret, but accidently lets the cat out of the bag. Suddenly...more
Sue Smith
I'm having a hard time putting my thoughts about this book into words. Not that the book was bad or not worth reading - it passed those tests for me. I just want to give it an honest critique.

Personally, I think I'm just spoiled by Harry Potter. Written as kids books, she really raised the bar for what they could be and this one, although the premise is a great one and the characters have soooo much potential, just doesn't quite get up to that level. For me.

I love that the character, Cat Royal...more
Colleen
I really want to give this one 4.5 stars because I really liked it and am especially impressed because I'm not usually one for mysteries or historical fiction. However the characters in this book were so well-developd, and the heroine so winning I could not put down the story of the orphan girl who lives in a theatre, is freinds with royalty and street urchins alike, and fiercly loyal to them all. This is a book with broad appeal.
Part mystery, part adventure, part historical fiction the Diamond...more
Kirsten
Young Cat Royal has lived in the Royal Theatre ever since she was found abandoned on its doorstep, and acts as the theatre's "Jill of all trades" and mascot, although she has ambitions to become a writer of fiction and plays. When Cat accidentally discovers (well, she WAS evesdropping...) that the theatre's owner, Mr. Sheridan, is hiding a treasure somewhere in the theatre, she knows she must guard the secret closely. But of course, she can't resist conducting her own search for the treasure, an...more
Jacey
Set in 1790 this is the charming story of Catherine (Cat) Royal, a foundling brought up in the Drury Lane theatre by the kindness of the owner, Mr. Sheridan. Still in her teens, Cat has become part of the furniture, sleeping in her nest in the top of the building amidst costumes and props and acting as the gopher, running errands and helping out. She's not uneducated, but her lessons have been by the kindness of various theatre employees – mostly the old prompt. She's the one who, more than anyo...more
Stephanie
middle school & up
Cat Royal adventures #1

Catherine called Cat has spent her entire life backstage at the Royal Theatre in Drury Lane. One day she overhears the theatre manager discussing the protection of a diamond to be hidden in the theatre. Cat feels great loyalty to the manager for taking her in as an infant and decides to find the diamond so she can help protect it. She also makes a few new friends: Pedro, a young ex-slave who is a gifted musician, Johnny, the new prompter, and Francis...more
Sarah
There’s a diamond hidden in Drury Lane Theater. Catherine “Cat” Royal, a red-headed orphan living in the theater, vows to keep the diamond secret and safe. But she’s up against a cast of characters out for their own benefit. Pedro is the new rising star of the Drury Lane Theater; he’s a prodigy violin player—but he’s also determined never to be a slave again. When he finds out there’s a diamond in the theater, he begins searching relentlessly for it.

Billy “Boil” is a local gang leader—and when...more
kingshearte
OK, I'm going to attempt to duplicate the layout of the blurb for this book as well as I can here.


AT THE THEATRE ROYAL IN DRURY LANE, COVENT GARDEN, THIS PRESENT DAY, BEING 1SI JANUARY, 1790,
Will be presented
The Diamond of Drury Lane
(Written by Miss Cat Royal)

PRINCIPAL CHARACTERS
MISS CAT ROYAL - orphan and ward of the theatre
MR. JOHNNY SMITH - prompt with a secret
MR. SYD FLETCHER - leader of the Butcher's boys
MR. BILLY 'BOIL' SHEPHERD - evil leader of rival gang
And a HIDDEN diamond!

WITH A NEW MU
...more
Roxanne Hsu Feldman
This is a winner! (Literally, too, since it did win the Smarties prize.)

Cat (Catherine) Royal is a charming, vivid, endearing, and plucky heroine. Readers really care about what happens to her and her friends. The host of friends are also drawn with details and depth. One can practically hear them speak and see them act and react to Cat's adventures. The clever device of having Cat being immersed and specially educated in the backstage of a theater gives credit to Cat's deft hand at recounting...more
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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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