Reviews for Cat Among the Pigeons : A Cat Royal Adventure


Booklist Reviews 2008 November #1
*Starred Review* Cat is back for another dramatic adventure at London s Theatre Royal on Drury Lane. Coming quickly on the heels of The Diamond of Drury Lane (2008), this latest escapade features our heroine, Catherine Royal, desperately trying to protect Pedro Hawkins, a young former slave who happens to be an outstanding actor. Pedro s ex-master, the villainous Kingston Hawkins, will stop at nothing to try to capture his "property" and return to the West Indies with him. Cat engages the whole theater company, along with the theatergoing public, in rallying to Pedro s defense. After confronting some pro-slavery plotters, she needs to run for her own life and disguises herself as a schoolboy with the help of some allies at Westminster School. Golding weaves a fine historic tale about the antislavery battle in England in the 1790s by way of an ensemble of colorful characters, death-defying adventures, witty dialogue and narration, and lively action. Fans of the first book will not want to miss this sequel, but Pigeons also stands as an outstanding solo performance. Copyright Booklist Reviews 2008.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2009 Spring
A plantation owner demands the return of Cat Royal's friend Pedro to slavery in the colonies. An altercation leading to assault charges against Cat takes her out of the hunt when Billy "Boil" kidnaps Pedro. Cat's outsize personality, scrappy and cunning, enlivens each page. A similarly vivid supporting cast in a setting rich with period details rounds out this whirlwind romp. Glos. Copyright 2008 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Kirkus Reviews 2008 August #1
Hang on for the wild ride of Cat Royal's second adventure, after The Diamond of Drury Lane (2008). The redheaded firebrand sees her friend Pedro scale the heights as Ariel in Mr. Sheridan's production of The Tempest, only to find that his evil former master insists Pedro is still his slave. In trying to protect Pedro, Cat finds she must leave Drury Lane and hide herself--at her friend Lord Francis's school. The somewhat-stale trope of a girl in boys' clothing gets a few charming grace notes as Cat survives a beating and finds out how much easier (and harder) boys have it. The eerily scary Billy Boil continues to slither in and out of Cat's life, and she makes him a promise she will no doubt regret keeping. As the story rockets along, Cat makes both new enemies and new and stalwart friends. Some historical figures drift through these pages, the pace is quick and engaging and the colorful evocation of 1790s London will keep readers plunging on and awaiting the next installment. (glossary) (Historical fiction. 10-14) Copyright Kirkus 2008 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2008 December

Gr 6-8--Readers once again find orphaned Cat backstage at Drury Lane, but she doesn't stay there for long. The slave master who owned her friend Pedro has returned to claim "his property," and Cat and her friends, who include a group of adult abolitionists, won't have it. While trying to protect him, however, Cat gets herself into trouble and must go into hiding disguised as a boy at the aristocratic Westminster School, described in the glossary as "supposedly a place of learning for young gentlemen; in truth, a den of floggers and bullies." As in The Diamond of Drury Lane (Roaring Brook, 2008), Golding spins a tale that starts with a bang. However, the quick start slows down after Cat enters the boy's school and the plot turns its focus there, and readers may be left wondering what happened to Pedro. Fortunately, our heroine finds her way back to her cause to save her friend, taking readers on an adventurous ride full of mystery, suspense, and history along the way.--Sarah O'Holla, Village Community School, New York City

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VOYA Reviews 2008 December
In 1790 London, Catherine "Cat" Royal, ward of the Theater Royal, Drury Lane, and her friend Pedro Hawkins, a former slave from Africa, are rehearsing for his debut as Ariel in The Tempest. They are interrupted by Pedro's master, Kingston Hawkins, who has come to reclaim his property. Thus begins the second installment of Cat's story, which she tells as a Prologue and Five Acts after reassuring her readers that there is no need to have read the first, The Diamond of Drury Lane (Roaring Brook/Macmillan, 2008/VOYA October 2008) and offers a quick summary. Cat was left on the steps of the Theater in 1780 as an infant and has lived there ever since. She charms even the most hardened criminals with her candor, especially Billy "Boil" Shepherd, the leader of the worst Covent Garden gang. He has a twisted fascination with Cat, perhaps because she talks back. Fortunately Cat and Pedro have powerful allies, including abolitionists Olaudah Equiano and Granville Sharp. When Pedro disappears and Cat flees the law after tangling with Kingston, she spends weeks disguised as a boy attending the prestigious Westminster School while the search for Pedro takes her from the Rat's Castle, an abandoned leper hospital, to the Thames in the dead of night. The London streets come alive, as do the horrors of the transatlantic slave trade Despite the youth of its narrator, this thriller will captivate teens as old as fifteen or sixteen. Cat has a zest for life, unadulterated by her encounters with the worst of the age. Every setting and character in this story is richly imagined, and readers will look forward to the next adventure.-Angela Carstensen 5Q 4P M J Copyright 2008 Voya Reviews.

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