Just a quick reminder that the deadline for my Blogiversary writing competition is in 10 days and it’s not too late to enter, so get writing! Anyway, how have y’all summers been? Mine has been mostly sunny, like the seaside town of Seashaw where we shall be whisked to next. Now, if you will please turn off your phones, sit back and enjoy The Positively Last Performance…
Seashaw: a lovely seaside town trailing with donkeys and blanketed underneath beautiful skies. The dull lives of the ghosts at The Royal Theatre is suddenly interrupted by the annoyingly noisy Gracie Walters as she arrives in Seashaw with her parents to restore the Royal to its former glory. She begins to settle in with the Resident ghosts, befriending the likes of Eugenius Birch, Mikey the Mod, Roland and Lily Oliver, Florence Melluish and Maurice the minstrel. Gracie, being a curious girl, slowly starts to uncover the sorrows of their pasts and attempts to open their eyes to the present. But there is a huge secret awaiting Gracie that will change her forever, and the Royal is in danger. Can Gracie and the Residents save the day before it’s too late?
I’m one of those people who, sadly, has a rubbish memory for books, which is part of the reason I have this blog. Now you’d think, because I have an awful memory for books, that I reread loads; nevertheless, you are wrong. But I have to say for this book I would make an exception. It’s honestly a masterpiece! Even though there are ghosts in it, it’s the farthest it can be from creepy: the ghosts are actually really sweet. All of the characters are awesome, but if I had to choose a favourite I would probably say Frank Stuart- or maybe Maurice- or Mikey. In short, every single one of the characters was a delight and each had a reason to be loved. The plot, though a little scattered, jumping from past to present, was enchanting and I loved every chapter. McCaughrean’s writing is truly magnificent! I will be sure to look out for more books by her. Personally, I don’t think there’s any argument as to why you shouldn’t read this book. No seriously, it’s so good. Go! Off to the library/bookshop with you!
Simi Star rating: ***** (5 stars)