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Den of Thieves (Cat Royal Adventures #3)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  1,519 Ratings  ·  74 Reviews

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
Hardcover, 417 pages
Published April 27th 2009 by Roaring Brook Press (first published February 5th 2007)
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Miss Clark
Sep 03, 2008 rated it liked it
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
عنوان: ماجراهای کت رویال جلد 3 : مخفیگاه دزدها؛ نویسنده: جولیا گلدینگ؛ ترجمه: اکرم کرمی؛ نشر: تهران، قدیانی، کتابهای بنفشه، چاپ نخست 1390، جاپ دوم 1392، در 440 ص.، شابک: 9789645365170، شابک دوره کامل: 9789645365217، فروست: ماجراهای کت رویال جلد 3، رمان نوجوانان 134. موضوع: داستانهای کودکان انگلیسی -- قرن 20 م
در این داستان، خانواده سلطنتی فرانسه از شهر میگریزند و «کت رویال» به عنوان یک هنرمند جاسوس وارد حوادث میشود و ماجراهایی در پی دارد
Oct 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: so-want-to-read, soon
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Jun 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 31, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, own
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
Sep 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
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!
Abi xx
Mar 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: re-reads
In my quest to re-read this entire series – which was one of my favourites a few years ago – I decided to pick up the third installment in the Cat Royal series. This book had lodged in my brain as my favourite of the entire series – but considering as I love all the books in this series I can only think this was the case because it is set mainly in Paris and I have an obsession with anything remotely Parisian. As per usual, this book was an extremely quick read despite being over 400 pages. The ...more
Such a purely enjoyable read. Julia Golding has writing charisma to spare. (And, it is always a joy to find another engaging female hero in kids' fiction.)
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
Jul 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Anna Bergmark
Feb 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The theme of this third book in the series seems to be CHANGE. Drury Lane theater is the only home our young heroine has ever known, and when it closes for demolition, however strange it sounds, everybody seems to land on their feet but the "Cat". She doesn't know where to turn, and suddenly she understands how miserable her station in life really is, and has always been, a realization leading to anger, bitterness and yealousy - emotions that feels both real and gripping. But no... Her lashing o ...more
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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
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
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
John Frankham
The third in a series of adventure stories for 12-13yo girls (?) about 12-13yo Cat, initially living and working in Sheridan's Drury Lane theatre in 1791. Full of life and wit, good and bad characters. A fun pantomime-type novel in London, Paris and in-between.

"Cat Royal finds herself homeless, travels to Paris, becomes an underground reporter, nearly gets hung for being a traitor to the revolution, and is baffled by attention from numerous suitors - all the while being disguised as a prissy bal
Aug 23, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sara Lou
May 22, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

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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
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
Dec 02, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, adventure
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
Jan 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
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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.
Nov 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sept-2015
"You're a pile of rotting offal from a diseased pig." His mouth twitched. I was on to his game. I had better make the last one my best. "You're a lying, thieving..."
"Now, now, don't spoil it with compliments," J-F said modestly.
"...low-down steaming pile of dog dirt fired from the behind of a rabid mongrel."
This got the biggest cheer yet. I heard several "hear, hears!" from the crowd.
Abel Caine fiji
Jun 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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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