Pamela Brown isn't as famous as Noel Streatfeild, although she also wrote mainly stage-centred books for children. This is her first, written apparently at the age of 14, and introduces seven children from three middle class families in a fictional English town. Brown's characterisation is less subtle and detailed than Streatfield's and the action is appropriately unbelievable: a show combining a three-act play, a comedy scene, a short musical comedy and two dance performances gets written and rehearsed in the space of a few short weeks and is, needless to say, is a tremendous success, which is followed by several others, before the highly satisfying success. The book was equally successful, leading to four sequels (see below).
About this particular edition, I was thrilled to discover that it was a slightly longer version than the two others I had read previously, as the book must have been abridged at some point. I had just bought a new copy, because my old one was very tatty; finding almost an extra chapter was a real bonus. I have since also bought new editions for 3 of the 4 sequels: Golden Pavements, Maddy Alone and Blue Door Venture too. A I suspected, they contain the text I knew, as I had old second hand hard back copies of these before. I live in hope they bring out Maddy Again, which is the only one of the series I haven't read, and which is going for £250 on the second hand market......Continua