At school yesterday, we had a visit from the children’s author Julia Golding to do writing workshops with the boys. I wasn’t involved with this, but she was having a cuppa in the staff room in between sessions, so I introduced myself and told her how much I’d enjoyed reading one of her books when my daughter was younger.
Back in spring 2008, pre-blog, I was busy devouring children’s books in preparation for applying for a job as Librarian at my daughter’s school and I read the first in Julia’s ‘Cat Royal’ sequence of Victorian adventures. Consulting my trusty spreadsheet, here’s what I noted about it:
The Diamond of Drury Lane
Fabulous rollicking adventure set in Victorian London with a feisty young heroine, rival gangs, theatre, boxing, and much more. Great well developed characters who get into all sorts of scrapes in the hunt for the ‘Diamond’ of the title. Perfect for 8 or 9yrs +, and I loved it too. There are now several sequels, which I’ll look forward to. (10/10)
I do remember really enjoying this book, but never had time to read any of the sequels. I was wrong about the period it was set in though – 1790 – it’s Georgian! (History was never my strongest suit). My daughter is older now of course – and Julia did mention to me that she also writes YA novels under the pseudonym Joss Stirling which, she suggested, might be up her street!