August 14, 2009
The Diamond of Drury Lane by Julia Golding
The Drury Theater, where she was abandoned as a baby, is the only home Catherine Royal has ever known. When she learns the theater owner has a deposited a diamond somewhere on the premises, she vows to help keep it safe. The whereabouts of the diamond is a thread that runs through a story with as many cliff-hangers as there are chapters in the book. But real thrills also come from the varied, sharply drawn cast that populates the Covent Garden area of early eighteenth-century London. Violin virtuoso Pedro, a young African who was once a slave, seems trustworthy—but is he? Roughneck Billy wants Cat’s affection, and he’ll take what he can’t get. Jonathan, the theater prompter, may be involved in insurrection. Then there are the nobs, Lord Francis and Lady Elizabeth, who befriend Cat, a relationship that causes problems for all concerned.
This book was pretty good! It had a slightly lower reading level than most YA books in my opinion. So in my opinion it would be more appropriate as a middle grade book.
Besides that the characters were well developed and the scenes were well constructed. Parts of it were slightly boring but the exciting parts made up for it. Cat was a very sweet and like able character.
This is the first book in a three book series.