This book surprised me to no end. I am new to Golding's work, and have read only one of her newer works besides this book. When I heard that this was her first novel, I wasn't expecting much. Boy, did Cat Royal prove me wrong! This book is about Catherine "Cat" Royal, a twelve to thirteen year old girl growing up on Drury Lane in London of 1790. She is a ward of the Theater Royal, and has lived there since she was a baby. This book describes her adventures from a first person perspective. Within the 424 pages of the book, Cat gets involved in gang mischief, political turmoil, crime, hot air balloons, even getting a taste of upper class English life. It is an intriguing read, and it is very believable. This book is meant for readers twelve and up because some of the language is crude, but is historically accurate. What charmed me most was the lay out of the book; Cat writes it in the format of a five act play, acts separated into scenes and so on. Over all, I give this book a four and a half star, because it was fun, exciting, captivating, and thrilling. This is the first in a series of "Cat Royal Adventures". I cannot wait to read the others!