Monday 21 December 2015

The Prompter - Chris d'Lacey

The Prompter 
Chris d'Lacey
Corgi a decision of
ISBN 9780552549349

Lately my children and I have been enjoying Chris d'Lacey's dragon books. But I wanted to give something else he has written a try. And this book was amazing. While reading it I thought of a few children I know, I could place many of them as characters chaptered in this story. Miss Everdue is putting on the play of Peter Pan and she believes there should be a spot for every student that wants to be in the play. 

Robin, is rambunctious, sometimes does not focus, it excitable, and maybe a little shabby or sloppy in his dress but he has a big heart. At first he lands the roll of Smee the pirate. But after one too many incidents the Head of the school Mrs Meredith ban's Robin from the stage. However Miss Everdue soon realizes Robin has a photographic memory and has memorized the whole script. He can prompt from the wings and not be on stage. But sometimes the best laid plans go awry, especially when 3 cast members come down with the chicken pox. Soon the play is in jeopardy. The head agrees to play the crock, and Hook's understudy steps in.

This was a wonderful read with a few fun and interesting twists. I thought of a young friend of the family, he recently said he would never win the sticker race at school for a prize. When asked why in a sad voice he responded he is always messy and does not always listen well. It was so sad. And Robin had the same kind of attitudes pushed onto him, until that one fateful night … but you will need to read the book to find out of Robin can turn the tables in the production of Peter Pan.

This is a great read for those with children who struggle to be part of the in crowd. Or for those whose kids are in that crowd so they can learn what it feels like. Overall a great book for young readers and those who love them. As stated at the beginning another amazing book by Chris d'Lacey so give it a try.

Books by Chris d'Lacey:
Dragons of Wayward Crescent

Gruffen (2009)
Gauge (2008)
3 Glade (2009)
Grabber (2010)

The Erth Dragons

The Wearle (2015)
2. Dark Wyng (2016)
3. The New Age (2018)

The Last Dragon Chronicles with David Rain
The Fire Within (2001)
2 Icefire (2003)
3 Fire Star (2005)
4 The Fire Eternal (2007)
5 Dark Fire (2009)
6 Fire World (2011)
7 The Fire Ascending (2012)
Rain and Fire: A Guide to the Last Dragon Chronicles (2010)

The Unicorne Files
1 A Dark Inheritance (2014)
2 Alexander's Army (2015)
3 A Crown of Dragons (2016)

Fly, Cherokee Fly Series
Fly, Cherokee Fly
Pawnee Warrior

Other Books
Henry Spaloosh! 
Shrinking Ralph Perfect
The Snail Patrol
The Table Football League
Riverside United
From E to You
Scupper Hargreaves, Football Genie
The Salt Pirates of Skegness
Falling for Mandy
The Prompter

Picture Books:
A Hole at the Pole
Juggling with Jeremy
A Break in the Chain
Read With Bubble and Float
Dexter's Journey
Frankin's Bear

Contributed to:
On Me ‘ead, Santa
Nice One, Santa
The Usborne Book of Christmas Stories
Heroes and Villains
In the Frame

Midnight Feast

Author Profile and Interview with Chris d'Lacey.

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