The Glorious Adventures of the Sunshine Queen

By Geraldine McCaughrean
(HarperTorch, Hardcover, 9780062008060, 325pp.)

Publication Date: May 2011

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Ever since the magnificent Miss Loucien gave up teaching to join the Bright Lights Theater Company, school days have lacked a certain . . . drama . . . especially for Cissy, who longs for a life in show business, and Kookie, who craves adventure. But when a diphtheria outbreak interrupts the dull routine, Cissy and Kookie are evacuated to the doubtful safety of the Bright Lights summer homea shipwrecked paddle steamer on the flooded Missouri River.

Thus begins a wild and unpredictable journey downstream serving up grand performances, aggrieved river gamblers, irate lawmen, and perilous races. And when at long last Cissy steps into the limelight, the stakes are higher than she ever imagined.

Renowned storyteller Geraldine McCaughrean weaves a rip-roaring adventure in this funny tale thats chock-full of humor and heart.

About the Author
Geraldine McCaughrean began writing after taking a job at a magazine publishing house. She has won many high profile awards: "A Little Lower than the Angels "won the Whitbread Children's Novel Award and "A Pack of Lies "received the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children's Fiction Award. "The Kite Rider "again won her the Carnegie and "Not the End of the World "has won this year's Whitbread Award.
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