Daring Darleen, queen of the screen

Anne Nesbet

Book - 2020

It's 1914, and twelve-year old Darleen Darling has the most exciting job in the world - she gets to dangle from cliffs and stop moving trains and soar through the sky in runaway balloons! Yes, that's right: Darleen is a hero and a star - in the make-believe world of the movies. But Darleen's fictional adventures collide with reality when a fake kidnapping intended as a publicity stunt becomes all too real. Now she is in the hands of the dastardly criminals who have just nabbed the... famous young heiress Miss Victorine Berryman. With their lives at stake, can Darleen become the daring heroine she's long pretended to be on film?--description provided by publisher.

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Genres
Detective and mystery fiction
Historical fiction
Published
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press 2020.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
357 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9781536206197
1536206199
Main Author
Anne Nesbet (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* Darleen Darling's beloved papa has always told her to keep her feet on the ground. It's a task that's easier said than done, as 12-year-old Darleen spends most of her time dangling off cliffs, escaping villains, and performing other daring stunts that befit a 1914 silent-movie star. But she's determined to do as her father asks so she doesn't break his heart, like her adventurous movie-star mother did when she died of a lung disease. So Darleen's a little uncertain when her manager-uncles plan a fake kidnapping to drum up some publicity . . . and even more uncertain when their plans go awry and she ends up being actually kidnapped, alongside heiress Victorine Berryman. But though her stunts in the movies may be all smoke and mirrors, Darleen is far from helpless, and she soon learns that Victorine is a steadfast and able companion. As the two plan their escape, they find themselves caught up in dastardly plots, embarking on incredible adventures, and consorting with some truly remarkable people, including pioneer filmmaker Madame Alice Guy Blaché. Nesbet's (The Orphan Band of Springdale, 2018) deftly researched historical novel, set against a seldom-featured backdrop, has a comforting, old-fashioned feel. Spunky Darleen's story is buoyed by lively prose and crisp characterizations, and readers will be thrilled to join the adventure. Grades 4-7. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In 1914 New Jersey, Daring Darleen, 12-year-old star of silent film adventure serials, makes the same promise to her dear Papa each day before going to work at the family's Fort Lee film studios: "Feet on the ground." It's become a family motto since Darleen's tightrope walker mother died, but following a dangerous moment of high-altitude filming in the Palisades, Darleen feels full of life, a development that alternately thrills and horrifies her. She doesn't have much time to ponder that dichotomy, however; to capitalize on a Manhattan theater's opening night and wipe out the filmmaking family's debts, Darleen becomes embroiled in a publicity stunt. But the scheme—a phony kidnapping—goes somewhat awry when she is actually taken alongside Victorine Berryman, a newly orphaned heiress. The two very different girls work together to stay one step ahead of their kidnappers as real life begins to resemble a photoplay, complete with a runaway hot air balloon and dastardly villains. Film studies professor Nesbet writes her intrepid heroine with swashbuckling verve and sweet familial affection, incorporating extensive knowledge of early-20th-century filmmaking into a well-paced, gripping tale of staying true to oneself while stretching limitations. An author's note offers further historical context. Ages 8–12. Agent: Ammi-Joan Paquette, Erin Murphy Literary. (Apr.) Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

In 1914 New Jersey, Daring Darleen, 12-year-old star of silent film adventure serials, makes the same promise to her dear Papa each day before going to work at the family's Fort Lee film studios: "Feet on the ground." It's become a family motto since Darleen's tightrope walker mother died, but following a dangerous moment of high-altitude filming in the Palisades, Darleen feels full of life, a development that alternately thrills and horrifies her. She doesn't have much time to ponder that dichotomy, however; to capitalize on a Manhattan theater's opening night and wipe out the filmmaking family's debts, Darleen becomes embroiled in a publicity stunt. But the scheme—a phony kidnapping—goes somewhat awry when she is actually taken alongside Victorine Berryman, a newly orphaned heiress. The two very different girls work together to stay one step ahead of their kidnappers as real life begins to resemble a photoplay, complete with a runaway hot air balloon and dastardly villains. Film studies professor Nesbet writes her intrepid heroine with swashbuckling verve and sweet familial affection, incorporating extensive knowledge of early-20th-century filmmaking into a well-paced, gripping tale of staying true to oneself while stretching limitations. An author's note offers further historical context. Ages 8–12. Agent: Ammi-Joan Paquette, Erin Murphy Literary. (Apr.) Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 4–6—Nesbet's new novel has all of the elements of classic old-fashioned adventure tales. Set in 1914, the fast-paced story centers on a motherless 12-year-old star of a silent weekly photoplay and includes a case of mistaken identity, dastardly villains, and shady characters. Darleen, who as a young child was known as Darling Darleen, is now Daring Darleen, a role that allows her to dangle from cliffs and jump between trains. But when Aunt Shirley, the manager of Matchless, the struggling film company behind Darleen's show, comes up with a fake kidnapping scheme to attract attention to the series, things get complicated. The kidnapping plot goes spectacularly wrong, and what was supposed to be a publicity stunt becomes all too real. Thanks to the bumbling kidnappers, Darleen finds herself sharing the backseat of the getaway car with Victorine Berryman, the orphaned young heiress to a railroad empire. The two girls, who become fast friends, escape together and go through a series of escapades that begin to resemble episodes of Darleen's photoplays. Darleen is resourceful and smart. It's her quick thinking, and the support of her new friends, that help save Matchless and Victorine's fortune. Bonuses include learning some behind-the-scenes tricks of the silent film days, the importance of Fort Lee, NJ, in early filmmaking, and a cameo by Alice Guy Manche, the pioneering French filmmaker. VERDICT A rollicking vintage adventure. Recommend to movie fans and readers who enjoy escapades of the past, with lots of twists and tangles.—Shelley Sommer, Inly School, Scituate, MA Copyright 2020 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Twelve-year-old silent movie star Darleen Darling must call on all her acting and stunt skills in real life when a fake kidnapping intended as a publicity stunt turns into an actual crime when criminals grab her and heiress Victorine Berrryman.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

When a publicity stunt goes terribly wrong, a 12-year-old silent-film star finds herself navigating murderous plots and a runaway air balloon to rescue a kidnapped heiress from a band of dastardly criminals. By the author of Cloud and Wallfish. Simultaneous eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

It's 1914, and twelve-year old Darleen Darling has the most exciting job in the world - she gets to dangle from cliffs and stop moving trains and soar through the sky in runaway balloons! Yes, that's right: Darleen is a hero and a star - in the make-believe world of the movies. But Darleen's fictional adventures collide with reality when a fake kidnapping intended as a publicity stunt becomes all too real. Now she is in the hands of the dastardly criminals who have just nabbed the famous young heiress Miss Victorine Berryman. With their lives at stake, can Darleen become the daring heroine she's long pretended to be on film?--description provided by publisher.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

When a publicity stunt goes terribly wrong, twelve-year-old Darleen Darling, star of the silent film era, must defeat villains both on screen and off in this edge-of-your-seat adventure.Lights! Camera! Kidnapping? It's 1914, and Darleen Darling's film adventures collide with reality when a fake kidnapping set up by her studio becomes all too real. Suddenly Darleen finds herself in the hands of dastardly criminals who have just nabbed Miss Victorine Berryman, the poor-little-rich-girl heiress of one of America's largest fortunes. Soon real life starts to seem like a bona fide adventure serial, complete with dramatic escapes, murderous plots, and a runaway air balloon. Will Darleen and Victorine be able to engineer their own happily-ever-after, or will the villains be victorious?