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The Positively Last Performance

4.08  ·  Rating Details ·  39 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
The performances at The Royal Theatre are extraordinary. You'd have to see them to believe them! But that's the problem. Nobody can see them. Except Gracie, that is. Gracie's new to this seaside town, but she's making friends quickly. There's Mikey the Mod who wears a parka and drives a scooter, Miss Melluish whose skirt is missing, and Frank Stuart, the builder of elephan ...more
Hardcover, 251 pages
Published February 1st 2013 by Oxford University Press
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Sally Flint
Mar 01, 2014 Sally Flint rated it liked it
I think this would be described as magical in a traditional sense of the word. I took a while getting into it. I can imagine some teen readers might give up and find it a bit old fashioned. It was skilful though, as you would expect from Geraldine McCaughrean. It was in many ways a historical novel and some of the references even I didn't quite understand, e.g. the bathing chairs, so I am not sure how accessible youngsters would find some of it. I didn't love it, but I can see its value.
Jul 11, 2013 Julie rated it it was amazing
What an astounding book this is! Geraldine McCaughrean has always been one of my favourite children's authors; her books are always enjoyable and always surprising, and I reckon this is one of her very best. Ostensibly the story of a derelict theatre in a traditional English seaside resort (a thinly disguised Margate), haunted by an eclectic group of ghosts, this is actually so much more. In fact, there are so many levels to this book, that it would be tedious to list them all. Central among the ...more
Oct 29, 2013 Yellowoasis rated it really liked it
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Geraldine McCaughrean never seems to write a book which is similar to another one. How does she do it! This is set in the fictionalised seaside town of Seashaw (Margate in real life). Gracie and her parents have bought a rundown theatre, The Royal. Gracie is able to see the ghosts who live there – former theatricals and other locals. There is a plot to save the theatre from ruin, and we learn the tragic and often touching histories of most of the residents along the way. Initially I thought this ...more
Gabriel Clarke
Apr 22, 2014 Gabriel Clarke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Five stars because I loved the heroine and the ghosts and the way the story was slowly and tautly pulled together. And because it even made me cry a little.
Nov 26, 2013 Rossamund rated it really liked it
There is nothing like a good old ghost story. What I loved about this novel was the fact that the author tells you quite a bit about the ghosts. This makes the book a whole lot more intriguing and interesting. When I give a book a four star rating I highly recommend it. I only give five stars to the best books. This book features Gracie a curious young girl and her parents who come to the beautiful seaside town Seashaw to open a grand old theatre The Royal. When they arrive at The Royal Gracie d ...more
Nadine Martyniuk
Jul 10, 2014 Nadine Martyniuk rated it it was amazing
This was quite a good read, I was enjoying it and then it threw a massive twist into the mix and made my mind explode! Love it when you genuinely do not see something coming!
Mar 31, 2014 Linda rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic little book! Of course, I am a bit partial to the subject matter, as it's set in Margate, but it is a charming story nonetheless. Recommended.
Aug 07, 2013 Harriet rated it liked it
Wonderful writer but for me this whimsical story of ghosts in a theatre just didn't hold my interest.
Mar 08, 2013 Caroline rated it really liked it
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Loved it. Magical, whimsical - a great read for younger readers
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Geraldine McCaughrean was born in 1951 and brought up in North London. She studied at Christ Church College of Education, Canterbury and worked in a London publishing house for 10 years before becoming a full-time writer in 1988. She has written over 120 books, 50 short plays for schools, and a radio play.

Her adult novels include Fires’ Astonishment (1990) and The Ideal Wife (1997), but she is bes
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