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The Steam Whistle Theatre Company (Paperback)

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Paperback 304 Pages
Published: 07/02/2019
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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!

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781406376319
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 213 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 18 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

“A classic-feeling, satisfying story, full of transporting Victorian detail.” - The Guardian

“…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

“[…] storytelling at its best… a classic in the making.” - The Scotsman

“A standing ovation for Vivian French.” - Books For Keeps, 5 star review

French is a writer of tremendous charm, her world at once comedic and believable. - Philip Womack, Literary Review

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