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Pull Out All the Stops! Hardcover – 7 Oct 2010

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (7 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192789953
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192789952
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.5 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 810,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's 35 years now since I first got published, and 50 since I found out how writing let me step outside my little, everyday world and go wherever I chose - way back in Time, to far distant shores, towards my own, home-made happy ending. Not that all my books are an easy ride. I write adventure, first and foremost, because that's what I enjoyed reading as a child. But since I have published over 160 books now, there are all manner of books in among that number - gorgeously illustrated picture books, easy readers, prize winners, teenage books and five adult novels.
The White Darkness won the Printz Award in the USA, which, for as Englishwoman, was the most amazing, startling thrill.
Then there was Peter Pan in Scarlet - official sequel to J M Barrie's Peter Pan, written on behalf of Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children. I won the chance to write that in a worldwide competition, and because Peter Pan is loved everywhere, my book sold worldwide too. I can't say I expected that when, as a child, I dreamed of being like my older brother and getting a book published one day.
These days I have a husband (good at continuity and spelling) and a daughter who is an excellent editor. But she's an actor. So, naturally, I have turned my hand to writing plays. (So many actors, so few plays!)
My Mum told me, "Never boil your cabbages twice, dear," which was her way of saying, "Don't repeat yourself." So I have tried never to write the same book twice. You'll find all my novels quite different from one another. The only way you can find out which ones you like and which you don't is to read them, I'm afraid.
I have also done lots of retellings of myth, legend, folk and fairy tales, and adapted indigestible classics such as El Cid, the Epic of Gilgamesh, The Odyssey, Moby Dick, Shakespeare and the Pilgrim's Progress.
Something for everyone, you see, my dear young, not-so-young, eccentric, middle-of-the-road, poetical, sad, cheerful, timid or reckless reader.
All they have in common is that they all contain words. If you are allergic to words, you'd best not open the covers.

Geraldine McCaughrean has written 167 books and plays for both adults and children. The books include Peter Pan in Scarlet, one of the most talked about and successful children's titles of 2006.

Geraldine McCaughrean 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), the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award and the Blue Peter Special Book to Keep Forever Award. She has also had more titles short-listed (six, including one winner and one Highly Commended) for the Carnegie Medal, than any other author, the latest being The Death Defying Pepper Roux.

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'Geraldine McCaughrean is a literary genius possessed of a wild imagination. All her crossover novels are unforgettable, but this latest one is particularly joyful. A self-contained sequel to Stop the Train, it reads like a dream.' (Nicholas Tucker)

'an exhilarating read, with a fascinating cast of characters and a terrific sense of adventure' (The Bookseller)

'It is, as usual, perfectly brilliant, and I'm rationing myself to three chapters a day to make the pleasure last.' (Philip Reeve)

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Exhilarating adventures on board the Bright Lights Showboat!

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I didn't think she could do it - and I speak as one who has huge admiration for Geraldine McCaughrean's writing skills - but she has produced a worthy successor to 'Stop The Train' (which is one of my all-time favourite novels).

Oh 'eck - I'm already gushing. How do people write serious reviews of utterly wonderful books?

Anyway, if you haven't read 'Stop The Train' then rush out and get it now. And if you have, don't be afraid that this sequel will let you down. It's amazing - beautifully written, lovingly created, poignant, tragic and heartwarming rolled into one.
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Enthralled - that's one word to describe how I felt, reading this book. Enthralled and awed and totally magicked away into Geraldine McCaughrean's imagining of a Mississippi adventure.

I didn't get round to reading this book despite being dazzled by its forebear Stop the Train. Perhaps I put off reading this because I read Stop the Train such a long, long time ago. But oh how I regret that bit of procrastination because Pull Out All The Stops is adventure at its up-and-down, in-and-out best - with writing so good that you just have to re-read lines, rolling them around in your mouth to enjoy the flavour.

Set in the era of Oklahoma and Showboat, Pull Out All the Stops follows the escapades (and what escapades!) of teenage shopgirl-in-search-of-excitement Cissy Sissney and her friends as they take a derelict steamboat down the Mississippi, one by one collecting a most extraordinary cast of characters and facing more twists and comic turns than the bad-tempered river they ride. The twists and turns don't stop even after after the literally EXPLOSIVE finale.

I couldn't put it down, and when I finally did, all I could say was WOW. Geraldine McCaughrean. Awesome.

(I don't know why this is only being marketed as a children's book, though children from 12 plus are in for a treat ... adults will adore it. AND hey, I haven't seen this shortlisted for a prize yet - perhaps the prize-givers are procrastinating like I did. Boy, will they be sorry they took their time.)
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