Etiquette & Espionage
By Gail Carriger
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2013. 336 pages. Young Adult.
Fourteen-year-old Sophronia Temminnick is more interested in climbing into dumbwaiters and dismantling clocks than she is in proper manners—a "flaw" her mother is desperate to change. So the well-intentioned Mrs. Temminnick enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality . . . but Sophronia quickly realizes the school is not what her mother had in mind.
At Mademoiselle Geraldine's, young ladies learn to finish . . . everything. Certainly, they learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but the also learn to deal out death, diversion, and espionage—in the politest possible ways, of course!
The cover of Etiquette & Espionage does no justice to this delightful first installment in a series—readers will fall in love with plucky Sophronia and her cast of mismatched friends, and Sophronia's quick wit and wonderful narration will have readers in stitches. Great for anyone looking for a clean, action-packed novel with a little romance and a lot of laughs.