Ringmaster (Darcie Lock) Paperback – 1 May 2007
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About the Author
Julia Golding read English at Cambridge then joined the Foreign Office and served in Poland. Her work as a diplomat took her from the high point of town twinning in the Tatra Mountains to the low of inspecting the bottom of a Silesian coal mine. On leaving Poland, she exchanged diplomacy for academia and took a doctorate in the literature of the English Romantic Period at Oxford. She then joined Oxfam as a lobbyist on conflict issues, campaigning at the UN and with governments to lessen the impact of conflict on civilians living in war zones. Married with three children, Julia now lives in Oxford. Her first book, The Diamond of Drury Lane, won the 2006 Ottakar's Children's Book Prize.
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She has to decide who she can trust, who has their own private motives, and who has more secrets than they care to share. Most importantly, she has to find her dad. All of these characters are brought to life by Golding's lively language, and the situations Darcie faces are solved more believably than in other spy stories.
Good for girls (and boys) who refuse to sit there looking pretty, I would recommend this book to all younger teens (and alot of bigger kids too - I'm sixteen and enjoyed it!) Will I be buying the sequel? Most definitely yes.
I found it a bit crazy that the intelligence people just turned up at her house and expected her to suddenly train and become a spy. It got better as it went along though and I did enjoy the ending.
I didn't think this book would be very good but I actually quite liked it. Some of the ways she got out of situations were a bit ridiculous but I still enjoyed it for a quick read!
Until her whole world collapses when her dad disappears and her mum is off getting her nails done in new york. Turning to agency for help she finds out the surprising truth about her mum and dad. They are both s*ys! With her dad captured and both her parents living secret lives she never knew about what is Darcie going to do? Or can she do anything? Read the book to find out more..
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I am totally getting the next book I could not put it down so exiting and funny I totally recommend it
I got my mum to read it and he said Darcy is so much like me
I think this book deserves 5 stars because it is a delight to read. It's funny, witty and well-written. It is about a teenage spy. I'd recommend this to any girl from 10-13. Read morePublished on 24 Jun. 2014 by Penname
this book is about a teenage girl who both parents are in the mi6 she is feisty and determined. i really enjoyed this book as it has some v. Read morePublished on 9 Feb. 2014 by Theo