The Curious Tale of the Lady Caraboo

The Curious Tale of the Lady Caraboo

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Shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2016, this is a very curious tale indeed . . .

Out of the blue arrives an exotic young woman from a foreign land. Fearless and strong, 'Princess' Caraboo rises above the suspicions of the wealthy family who take her in.

But who is the real Caraboo?

In a world where it seems everyone is playing a role, could she be an ordinary girl with a tragic past? Is she a confidence trickster? Or is she the princess everyone wants her to be?

This the tale of the ultimate historical hustle, steeped in delectable romance. Whoever Caraboo turns out to be, she will steal your heart . . .
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 18mm | 202g
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • UK ed.
  • 0552557633
  • 9780552557634
  • 94,312

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"A rich and entertaining tale which raises questions and challenges assumptions"
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A well researched, finely written re-imagining of an actual historical figure, The Curious Tale of The Lady Caraboo sheds light on how identity is formed and shaped by the stories we tell about ourselves and the stories, like that of the 'exotic other', that are projected upon us . . . A great yarn with a beguiling central character -- Peter Kalu, author of SILENT STRIKER The book has a lot to say about who we are and the pretences we put on for other people, and also about the limited chances in life that a woman had . . . The historical period comes to life well in the book, although it also has a lot to say that is relevant today. -- Carol Williams * * A rich and entertaining tale which raises questions and challenges assumptions -- Celia Rees * Armadillo * From the shocking opening to the very last page, this is the one book I really hated to put down until I was done. It's so textured . . . I also love that she's a black, or blackish, girl - so often YA does not contain them (or only as peripheral characters) - and she is such a fascinating protagonist. I also loved the skilful way Johnson turned us around on some characters. I could not ask for more in a YA novel, to be honest. I'd give it all the awards if I could -- Bim Adewumni, YA Book Prize judge
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About Catherine Johnson

Catherine Johnson is a born-and-bred Londoner who no longer lives in London but by the sea. She studied film at Central Saint Martins School of Art; the fantastic time she had there made up for school, which was horrible. She has written many books for young readers, and her recent novel, Sawbones, published by Walker Books, won the Young Quills Award for historical fiction and was nominated for the Carnegie Medal. Her other books include Brave New Girl (Frances Lincoln Children's Books), and A Nest of Vipers, published by Random House Children's Publishers UK. Catherine has also written for film, notably the critically acclaimed Bullet Boy, and TV, including Holby City. She lives with her husband and two geriatric pets: a deluded cat and an ancient tortoise. She enjoys baking cakes and knitting. She was taught how to drive (horses, not cars) by an ex-brewery dray driver in Spitalfields.
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Rating details

191 ratings
3.7 out of 5 stars
5 22% (42)
4 37% (70)
3 31% (60)
2 9% (18)
1 1% (1)
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