The Positively Last Performance

Geraldine McCaughrean

The Positively Last Performance

The performances at The Royal 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. Gracie's new to this seaside town, but she's making friends quickly. There's Mikey the Mod who wears a parka and drives a scooter, Miss Melluish whose skirt is missing, and Frank Stuart, the builder of elephants. But the old theatre is under threat. Will Gracie and the residents be able to save their home, or is the curtain set to fall on their very last performance? 4.0 out of 5 based on 2 reviews
The Positively Last Performance

Omniscore:

Classification Fiction
Genre General Fiction, Children's & Teenage
Format Hardcover
Pages 272
RRP
Date of Publication February 2013
ISBN 978-0192733207
Publisher OUP Oxford
 

The performances at The Royal 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. Gracie's new to this seaside town, but she's making friends quickly. There's Mikey the Mod who wears a parka and drives a scooter, Miss Melluish whose skirt is missing, and Frank Stuart, the builder of elephants. But the old theatre is under threat. Will Gracie and the residents be able to save their home, or is the curtain set to fall on their very last performance?

Reviews

The Guardian

Linda Buckley-Archer

The chapters devoted to successive ghosts are episodic – connected, although not necessarily driving forward the story of an ailing theatre announced at the start. McCaughrean's talent for invention and her ear for dialogue means that all these character sketches are lively and entertaining. There was a moment when I questioned the amount of narrative time devoted to backstories and to a convincing history of Seashaw … Then, midway, there's a brilliant plot swerve, the narrative shifts up a gear and the story rattles along towards an exciting and affecting denouement that children will love.

06/02/2013

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The Daily Mail

Sally Morris

Wonderful characters, including the ghost of artist J MW Turner, contribute to the drama, which includes real Margate history, and McCaughrean has created a cracker of a heroine in Gracie. You’ll love it.

07/02/2013

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