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The Steam Whistle Theatre Company

The Steam Whistle Theatre Company
 

The wonderful adventures of a family theatre-troupe, touring Victorian England by train - a high-octane, high-drama romp, with a colourful company of characters.Dark and deadly deeds, piratical plots, lost heiresses and poor little orphans - Vivian French conjures up the very spi... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781406376319
Barcode 9781406376319
Published 1 May 2019 by Walker Books
Format Paperback
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Author(s) By French, Vivian
Cover design or artwork by Peck, Hannah
Availability Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days

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ISBN-13 9781406376319
ISBN-10 1406376310
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Walker Books
Imprint Walker Books Ltd
Publication Date 1 May 2019
International Publication Date 7 February 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By French, Vivian
Cover design or artwork by Peck, Hannah
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
Adventure Stories
Historical Fiction
Number of Pages 304
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 18mm
Weight 213g
Interest Age 9-11 years
Reading Age 9-11 years
Library of Congress Great Britain - Juvenile fiction - History - 19th century
NBS Text Children's Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code 823.92
Catalogue Code 964587

Description of this Book

The wonderful adventures of a family theatre-troupe, touring Victorian England by train - a high-octane, high-drama romp, with a colourful company of characters. Dark and deadly deeds, piratical plots, lost heiresses and poor little orphans - Vivian French conjures up the very spirit of Victorian theatre in a fabulous new novel for middle-grade readers. To avoid financial ruin, the Bottle family's theatre-troupe has left London behind, travelling to the north of England by train. With new audiences to play to, and less competition, they hope to make enough money to pay off their debts back home. But will their plans be foiled by the odious Olio Sleevery? It's time for young actors Rosie and Charlie to save the day, and, with the help of their new friend Edie Boiler, ensure the thunderous success of the company's first performance. A wonderful gallery of eccentric characters and an exuberant plot with a twist at the end ... this is storytelling at its theatrical best!

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review ...a delightful kind of old-fashioned storytelling... The story inspires sympathy for the hard-working and the kind, and disdain for spoilt children and greedy rogues. It builds satisfyingly to an ending in which the good find friends and salvation and the bad get their just deserts. It would be a treat to read aloud at bedtime, especially for anyone able to do actorly declamations, and, with its edge-of-your-seat pace, it deserves applause. * Sunday Times, Children's Book of the Week *
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Vivian French is a highly acclaimed children's author who has written more than 250 books during the course of her career, including Caterpillar, Butterfly, The Tales from the Five Kingdoms series and Yucky Worms. Her recent work includes The Most Wonderful Thing in the World, The Adventures of Alfie Onion and The Cherry Pie Princess. Vivian teaches on the illustration course at Edinburgh School of Art, and helped to found the mentoring scheme Picture Hooks for aspiring young illustrators. In 2016 Viv was awarded the MBE for literature, literacy, illustration and the arts. She lives in Edinburgh. Follow Viv on Twitter under the handle @fivekingdoms, or visit her at her website: www.vivianfrench.com.

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