The Steam Whistle Theatre CompanyISBN: 9781406376319 By: Vivian French, Hannah Peck
For Ages: 9+ years old
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 1st May 2019
Publisher: Walker Books Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 13.0 x 2.0
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 Pringle 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!
This comic stand-alone is intended for a slightly older readership than Viv's wonderful books with Marta Kissi – packed with thrilling characters and delightful period detail, The Steam Whistle Theatre Company is perfect for fans of the Sinclair's Mysteries.
While contracted as a stand-alone, there's definite potential for companion titles!
In 2016 Viv was awarded the MBE for literature, literacy, illustration and the arts. She makes frequent visits to schools and festivals, and is active on social media.