Published on 16 October 2014

Format: Paperback, 608pp/colour coverAge range: 11+
ISBN: 978-1-909991-04-0

A compelling story of London’s theatre world at the start of the 60s as Josie tries to find success as an actress.

12-year old Josie attends a finishing-style stage school. She dreams of being on stage, but is firmly told she has no acting ability. Fortunately she finds herself cast as a boy in an American comedy – but she is mistaken for the star and kidnapped and imprisoned in a dockside warehouse. Managing to escape, she and a fellow runaway take refuge in the Theatre Royal in Stratford. They are offered work by the legendary Joan Littlewood, founder of the Theatre Workshop Company. Much to Josie’s surprise this leads to a role in a Saturday-morning film. However, the kidnappers haven’t given up yet and they are on Josie’s trail… Impossible! is a story that will keep readers enthralled chapter by chapter as the drama unfolds- rather like the film that Josie is in.

Take a bow, Ms Magorian, for a marvellous production’ – A selection of new reviews for Impossible! are in:


A compelling story of London’s theatre world at the start of the 60s as Josie tries to find success as an actress. Impossible! packs in all the drama of a real-life stage production with its colourful cast of characters, authentic backdrop and nail-biting suspense. Take a bow, Ms Magorian, for a marvellous production…
Lancashire Evening Post


How I have waited for ‘the next’ Michelle Magorian novel! And here it is, and it is absolutely perfect and well worth the six-year wait, and I love it! (No apologies for the exclamation marks. There is one in the title of the book, too.) There is no need to be interested in acting. The story will make you want to know … This is feel-good excitement of the very best kind
Ann Giles (Bookwitch)


Part theatre story, part adventure and part homage to Joan Littlewood, the trail-blazing maverick director and founder of the Theatre Workshop … an immersive read, featuring a wonderful cast of characters and great dialogue, in a beautifully written novel, full of incident and humour.
The Guardian


A thrilling read as lead character Josie tackles adversity to follow her dream as a actress. Michelle Magorian is the author of Goodnight Mister Tom and a series of books for young teens that makes her one of the first authors to specialise in the genre. Her unflinching realistic approach and her warmth and humour makes her books unputdownable.
Sunday Express


Am much enjoying Impossible! Memories of rep[ertory theatre] flooded back! I am finding the inside look at a stage school interesting. Warts and all, rather than all rosy remembering! I love all the Stratford East stuff too! The canvas is large, but Michelle controls all the threads admirably!
David Wood, stage writer for Goodnight Mister Tom


Michelle Magorian brings the excitement of being part of a theatre company to life in this action-packed and rip-roaring adventure
Love Reading 4 Kids


Buy this teenage novel published by Troika … the backdrop is terrific!
The Stage