The Positively Last Performance by Geraldine McCaughrean
  

The Positively Last Performance

Written by Geraldine McCaughrean

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Award winning Geraldine McCaughrean spins a brilliantly fanciful yarn in the magical setting of a disused theatre. Every night amazing things happen in the theatre but no one except the resident ghosts can see them. But then Gracie comes along; Gracie can see the ghosts. At first, it is a bit of a shock for Mikey the Mod, Jim and Joanie the twins, the wonderful Miss Melluish and the rest but soon they understand that Gracie maybe just who they need to save the theatre. Geraldine McCaughrean has a rare ability to bring to life a huge and varied cast of fascinating and unusual characters in a story that brings ghosts vividly to life.

A personal message from the author to Lovereading4kids and our readers:

In 2011 I got a phone call from The Theatre Royal, Margate - not just a glorious theatre but a great force for good in its locality. They suggested a book that would show towns like Margate as places with a cheerful future as well as a powerful past. In short they asked me to attempt a sort of literary Tracey Emin! This needed to be a family book, enjoyable not just to children but to anyone who fondly recalls seaside holidays when the sky was always sunny, the candyfloss sticky and there were donkeys on the beach... oh and to anyone who likes theatre or a good read. I hope to goodness I've succeeded, because it matters. A proportion of the proceeds from this book will go to The Theatre Royal, Margate - Margate's greatest asset - except of course, for its inhabitants."

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The Positively Last Performance is an ideal book for a Reading Group, perfect for years 5,6,7 and 8. Download a Reader's Guide, from the right hand column, with notes to help you explore the novel, extra information about the book and ideas for talking points.

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Synopsis

The Positively Last Performance by Geraldine McCaughrean

Gracie’s new to this seaside town, but she’s making friends quickly. There’s Mikey the Mod who drives a scooter, Miss Melluish whose skirt is missing, and Frank Stuart, the maker of mechanical elephants.
The performances at the theatre are extraordinary. You’d have to see them to believe them! But that’s the problem – nobody can see them. Except Gracie, that is.
The Theatre Royal is under threat. It has seen better days – but then so have the ghosts who live there.
Will Gracie and the residents be able to save their home, or is the curtain set to fall on their very last performance?

Reviews

‘An author incapable of writing a dull sentence,’ Nicholas Tucker, Independent

About the Author

Geraldine McCaughrean

Geraldine McCaughrean is one of today's most successful and highly regarded children's authors. She has won the Carnegie Medal, the Whitbread Children's Book Award (three times), the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, the Smarties Bronze Award (four times) and the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award. Geraldine lives in Berkshire with her husband, daughter and golden retriever, Daisy. Read more about the author here.

Anne Fine on Geraldine McCaughrean:

'I reckon Geraldine McCaughrean knocks the socks off every other children's writer today. Everything she does is different and everything works – look at her list of prizes. She must write in tremendous bursts. Some years, she's so prolific the rest of us start joking that the fairies come in at night to do her work for her. Then she'll go quiet, so unlike all those writers who are persuaded by their publishers to come up with something every year, no matter how tired or drab. If Geraldine has nothing fresh to write, she doesn't write it.' (The Guardian)

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Hardback
272 pages

Author

Geraldine McCaughrean
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Author's Website

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Publisher

Oxford University Press

Publication date

1st February 2013

ISBN

9780192733207

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