Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

It's one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It's quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to finishing school.
Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is the bane of her mother's existence. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper etiquette at tea--and god forbid anyone see her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. She enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.
But little do Sophronia or her mother know that this is a school where ingenious young girls learn to finish, all right--but it's a different kind of finishing. Mademoiselle Geraldine's certainly trains young ladies in the finer arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also in the other kinds of finishing: the fine arts of death, diversion, deceit, espionage, and the modern weaponries. Sophronia and her friends are going to have a rousing first year at school.

Publisher: Little Brown & Company 
Number of Pages: 320
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Alexandra, age 18
This is the absolute perfect tween book. It combines the popularity of turn-of-the-century fiction, with its elegant fashion and cute love stories, with cunning spies and fantastical creatures. Sophronia is a young, rebellious MacGyver, whose attitude resembles that of many girls these days – bright and unwilling to sit still and follow etiquette, unless it comes with a lesson on how to properly pick a lock. I think girls ages 10-13 will adore this book!

This book hits shelves February of 2013! 

Happy reading!
Alexandra, age 18

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