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Ringmaster (Darcie Lock) Paperback – 1 May 2007

4.6 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Egmont Books Ltd (1 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405230509
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405230506
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 13.3 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,279,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Format: Paperback
Darcie Lock's father has disappeared and she is given a choice; try to help find him, or hop on a plane to the States, and safety, where her mother is waiting for her. Darcie is gadgetted up, attacked, and takes tea with the rich and privileged of Nairobi, but it is the characters who stick out in this story.
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.
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Ringmaster is a thrilling tale of Darcie Lock whose life is turned upside down when her father is kidnapped. It is a page turning adventure, each chapter brings new surprises. My 12 year old daughter who is not a big reader loved it and quickly read it. She is now eagerly awaiting the next installment.
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Darcie Lock was a normal girl living in Nairobi but now she's got to be a spy in order to find her captured father.

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!
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Darcie lock goes home to find her dad missing; brought up in the capital of Kenya with her two very ordinary parents she is shocked when she finds out that they are spies. When Darcie realises her father has been court in a mission and her mum has to go into secret underground hiding she realises that the only way to save him is to dig deep and work for the secret intelligence service herself. Darcie, only a teenager is forced into the world of military and espionage, to find her father who could ultimately die. She meets a soldier Stingo who becomes her best friend, but also has many confrontations with enemies. I love this book, the characters are brilliant and this is defiantly one of my favourites.Ringmaster (Darcie Lock)
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Meet Darcie. Living in Africa while her dad works at the British embassy is the life she's always had. With everything else she's just a normal tomboyish girl who likes to fence and has a mother who is way too into fashion.
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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A Kid's Review on 2 Jan. 2010
Format: Paperback
Ringmaster is a brilliant book. It has the right mix of adventure and conversation which makes it both exciting and interesting. Apart from a slightly boring section in the middle, I found Ringmaster to be very enjoyable. The story starts like this... A fourteen year old girl called Darcie Lock gets home from school in Nairobi to discover that her father is missing. Darcie's mother is in the United States so she is all alone. In desperation, she calls the place that her father works. She panics when the receptionist-Miss Gladys Smith-informs her that he no longer works there. Gladys tells her that she'll send someone around to look after her. From then on her life is an amazing story of spies, fashion designers and jolly taxi drivers.
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