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With a huge and original cast and a never ending supply of witty and original incident, this is a thoroughly enjoyable story from an award-winning writer. Cissy escapes from the boredom of life in her home town and especially the clutches of her stern mother when she sets off to meet up with her old school teacher. Soon she is aboard an old riverboat and is part of the unlikely cast of the Bright Lights Theatre Company who perform anywhere they can to anyone who’ll watch while also escaping from a number of alarming and perilous situations. One hilarious or tragic-comic situation follows another as the boat lurches down the river with little to control it.
There isn't much drama in Olive Town. The highlight of Cissy Sissney's days are the letters from her old schoolteacher, Miss Loucien, describing her adventures on board an old showboat with the Bright Lights Theatre Company. If only life were full of such adventure for Cissy too. But then diphtheria breaks out in Olive town, a silo crushes Cissy's home and Miss May March agrees to take Cissy and classmates, Kookie and Tibbie, to stay with Miss Loucien until Olive town is safe again. The ramshackle crew on board the Sunshine Queen sail along the 'shoals and shimmer of the Numchuck River,' performing plays for the towns scattered along the shore. Cissy and her friends have a whole host of adventures beating hustlers at their own game, catching criminals, and embarking on a daring rescue mission. They must use all their wits to survive. As their journey along the river comes to an end, Cissy must put in one last performance and this time the stakes are higher than mere applause. The award-winning author, Geraldine McCaughrean, captures the spirit of adventure and the power of imagination in this rip-roaring read.
Publication date: 02/06/2011
Publisher: Oxford University Press
|Publication date:||7th October 2010|
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press|
|Suitable for:||9+ readers|
|Recommendations:||Books of the Month|
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 ...More About Geraldine McCaughrean