Record Details

Catalog Search

The Whalebone Theatre  Cover Image Book Book

The Whalebone Theatre / Joanna Quinn.


"An utterly enchanting, immersive novel about an irrepressible young heroine who becomes an undercover agent during World War II-a sparkling debut, by turns heartwarming and heartbreaking. One blustery night in 1928, a whale washes up on the shores of the English Channel. By law, all whales belong to the King, but twelve-year-old Cristabel Seagrave has other plans. She and the rest of the household and their guests--her sister, Flossie (known affectionately as "The Veg"); her brother Digby, the long-awaited heir to Chilcombe manor; Maudie Kitkat, maidservant; Taras, a hot-tempered visiting artist--build a theatre within the whale's skeleton. Cristabel is an orphan, mostly ignored by her feckless step-parents and brisk governesses. But within the Whalebone Theatre, she is fully at home and in charge, and her imagination comes to life. As Cristabel grows into a headstrong young woman, chafing against expectations, World War II rears its head. She and Digby become British secret agents working undercover in Nazi-Occupied France on separate missions--a more dangerous kind of play-acting, it turns out, and one that threatens to tear the family apart. The Whalebone Theatre is a sweeping, transporting, completely irresistible novel, full of warmth and charm, humor and poignancy, passion and adventure-a story of love, bravery, lost innocence, and self-transformation"-- Provided by publisher.

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780593321706
  • ISBN: 0593321707
  • Physical Description: xi, 553 pages ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First American edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2022.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"This is a Borzoi Book"--Title page verso.
"Read with Jenna"--Jacket.
Originally published in Great Britain by Fig Tree, an imprint of Penguin General, a division of Random House Ltd., London, in 2022.
Subject: World War, 1939-1945 > Secret service > Great Britain > Fiction.
World War, 1939-1945 > Underground movements > France > Fiction.
Orphans > Fiction.
Women intelligence officers > Fiction.
Secret service.
Underground movements. War.
Women intelligence officers.
Great Britain.
Genre: Historical fiction.
War stories.
Spy stories.
Historical fiction.
Spy fiction.
Historical fiction.
War fiction.
Spy fiction.

Available copies

  • 1 of 1 copy available at Homer Library. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Homer Library System. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Homer Public Library.


  • 0 current holds with 1 total copy.
Show Only Available Copies
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Homer Public Library F QUINN (Text) 000167786 Fiction Available -

Additional Resources