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Olivia’s First Term

Olivia’s First Term

Author Lyn Gardner
Series Olivia series




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Olivia is sad and lonely and angry – angry that she’s been dumped with her sister, Eel, at her grandmother’s school, and angrier still that that school turns out to be a stage school where there’s no encouragement for her to do what she loves best: practise her circus skills. But in the course of a turbulent first term, Olivia finds out much more than she bargained for about the theatre, about friendship, about enemies, about her family and about herself.

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What the Critics Said

“Gardner’s books sparkle with action and drama … a thoroughly entertaining series with its enticing mix of adventure, stage dreams and feelgood fun.”

The Pocklington Post

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“Lyn Gardner goes from strength to strength in this series full of complex and developing characters and believable but exciting storylines.”

– The Scotsman

“A story of friendship and family with a heady backdrop of theatre and dance.”

– The Bookseller

Olivia’s First Term is a lovely and accurate portrayal of life in a stage school … which will inspire many would-be performers to follow their dream, even if it is a little different to everyone else’s.”

– kidsreadbooks

I would have loved Olivia’s First Term by Lyn Gardner at about age 12, when I was addicted to Pamela Brown’s The Swish of the Curtain novels … It’s nicely told by Gardner, a well-known theatre critic and champion of theatre for young audiences, with plenty to engross those who love acting, singing and dancing, or just like reading about it.

– The Independent

“This is a gripping story with a sharp eye for the power struggles within the classroom.”

– The Guardian

“with its stage-school setting it is strongly reminiscent of Noel Streatfeild … It has all the classic ingredients for nine year-olds – bitchy rich girl jealous of talented poor girl, parental abandonment, star potential realised.”

– The Telegraph

“With strong characters and a gripping story, girls will enjoy this fresh take on the classic stage story and look forward to the rest of the books in the series.”

– Booktrust

“This book entertains from the start …The plot is fast paced and quickly takes you through a fun-filled term; you get to see how both friendships and enemies are made in the classroom. With great characterisations, this is an exciting first book in a series and ideal for fans of “Glee” and TV talent shows. “

– We Love This Book

“I can see the series being an instant hit with girls, who will love the thought of the glamour of stage school – or is it glamorous?”

– Parents in Touch

“Girls will love this book, it is a great story, with many messages within the story about friendship… I am sure this series could become as popular as Enid Blytons Malory towers and st Clare’s series!”

– The School Run.com

“A hugely enjoyable, escapist, quite traditional series of children’s books … I lapped up the awful stage school brat, the frightfully decent head girl and the sympathetic acting teacher and I felt as though I was 10 years old again.”

– The Stage

“Captures perfectly the conflicting emotions of a young girl at a new school, while depicting the exciting world of the stage”

– The Bookseller

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