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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,533 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Julia Golding Narrator: Finty Williams Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2008 ISBN:
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Set in 1790's Covent Garden this is the story of Cat Royal, an orphan who lives at the theatre in Drury Lane.

Adopted by the owner after being mysteriously abandoned as a baby on the steps of his infamous establishment, Cat has grown up backstage. When Cat overhears a conversation about a diamond hidden somewhere in the theatre, she's determined to find the treasure.

Ably assisted by Pedro, a musician in the company orchestra, she is thrust into a world of drama and intrigue, where she encounters Covent Garden street gangs, boxing matches, theatre riots and spectacular stage productions. En route, she learns a lot about who she is, and who her real friends are... Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan | 2/14/2014

    " Beginning of a series of four titles. Orphans, treasure and mystery set in 18th century London. For fans of the Sally Lockart series by Phillip Pulman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Keri | 2/13/2014

    " I loved the 'gem' of a book! I was really surprised to see it categorized as a juvenile at my library. I feel it's an easy enough read, but the character, setting, and plot descriptions as well as the theme are just so excellent and rich that it's definitely YA quality. I really want to read the other Cat Royal books now! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lee Anne | 2/6/2014

    " Interesting enough, just not gripping. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 2/4/2014

    " Great fun. Mystery is quite exciting and I love the setting and all the flavor it gives to the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Davecon | 2/2/2014

    " Cute story about an orphan girl in 1790 London who lives in a theatre and gets herself in big trouble as she navigates both high society people and the street gangs in order to help a friend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kiley | 1/23/2014

    " This was the bet book I have ever read. Its the fist in a great series. I fell in love with Syd and Cat. This really is a great book and would recomend it to anyone and everyone. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jess | 1/20/2014

    " I really liked this book! I liked Cat, especially how resourceful she was. I also liked Johnny and Pedro and Syd. I LOVED Syd. I wish he were my big brother. All in all, it was really good, but not life-changing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 katie | 1/20/2014

    " Technically, this was more like 4 1/2 stars, but it just felt like something was missing. :( "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nafiza | 12/30/2013

    " This reminded me a lot of L. A. Meyers Bloody Jack series. Both series have spunky heroines in not so ideal situations. Cat was interesting and relatable and the other characters were engaging as well. The plot was fast moving and the action was intense. I liked it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alicia | 12/21/2013

    " it was Awesome i loved how its set like a play and tells a story about gangs "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hilary | 11/13/2013

    " Cute cute CUTE! I think I would have adored this as a child. A great cast of characters, particularly Cat, who narrates her own story. The setting is completely believable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bethany | 10/4/2013

    " Great read for kids/young teenagers. A really interesting backdrop with great characters whose stories forever intertwine in such a lovely manner. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gumby | 6/16/2013

    " Especially after actually walking down Drury Lane on a trip to London, this is a fast paced book that I refused to put down until I finished it on the airplane ride home! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cornelius Library Teens | 5/29/2013

    " ****GG. This book is filled with excitement, suspense, and action. The dramatic plot tells about an orphan girl who lives at a theater in London, England. Mystery arises as a fabled diamond arrives at the theater. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paula | 1/13/2013

    " This was a fun little book. It reminded me of Oliver Twist. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Allyana Ziolko | 4/17/2012

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin | 1/1/2012

    " Cat Royal is an orphan that lives in the famous Theater Royal. When she discovers that there is a diamond in the theater, she knows she must protect it. Throw in an African violinist, the street bully and Captain Sparkle, you've got an amazing adventure! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen Mendeck | 6/5/2011

    " I picked this up on a whim at the library. It was entertaining, and very quick to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 5/18/2011

    " Really easy and the characters are very likable. The only bummer is the series is having weird publishing issues so some books are currently not being published in the US. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Araceli | 4/28/2011

    " SUCH A GREAT BOOK! In my top favorite books for sure! Can't wait to read the second one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie Wornson | 4/14/2011

    " Haha! Great read and DEFINITELY worth its weight in...uh...diamonds? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emilee | 3/28/2011

    " Again, more like a 4 1/2. It was a slow beginning but it picked up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bethany | 1/31/2011

    " Great read for kids/young teenagers. A really interesting backdrop with great characters whose stories forever intertwine in such a lovely manner. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaye | 1/31/2011

    " I loved it! Cat is a character worth following. I'll be sure to pick up her next adventure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tasha | 1/12/2011

    " I didn't get a chance to finish it before I had to return it, but I think it has a happy ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison | 1/5/2011

    " This is a great book for a preteen or YA reader. I know I would have loved to have read this book as a middle schooler and as an adult I loved the adventure and world that author Julia Golding created. I'll be reading more of Cat Royal in the future. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 1/5/2011

    " I had high hopes for this book. I like the whole old England setting, but it is very predictable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alicia | 12/17/2010

    " it was Awesome i loved how its set like a play and tells a story about gangs "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 12/17/2010

    " E reports that this was good for the first half, but dragged at the end. She says that it felt like the author was just trying to get the book over with. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katya | 12/2/2010

    " Very thrilling book set in late 18th century London. The protagonist of this story is Cat Royal, an orphaned 12-year-old girl who lives in the Theater Royal, Drury Lane. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emma | 11/23/2010

    " They don't talk very nicely to each other, but it is a really funny book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Trisha | 11/2/2010

    " When I picked up this book I thought, "hmph, this looks a little bit childish" But really, it's not. The writing was great- this time frame takes place in early 1900's London- it's mystery and I can't wait to read the other books in the series. "

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