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Sophronia Temminick (Female), Student, Her mother is desperate for her to become a proper lady; sent to a finishing school; learns the art of deception and espionage; tries to find an object stolen from her school
Young adult
Science fiction
Alternative history
Boarding schools
Victorian society
Search and rescue
Paranormal creatures
England - Europe
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  Library Journal Review

Carriger's (Timeless) new young adult series, "Finishing School," is set in the same fantasy Victorian England as her earlier "Parasol Protectorate" novels. Fourteen-year-old Sophronia Temminnick is sent to Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality to become more ladylike. But unbeknownst to her mother, this school's curriculum includes not only culture, grace, and poise but also stealth, weapons, and poison. Sophronia, although bright and perceptive, has no magical ability; she has to rely on her quick thinking as she attempts to navigate a world of werewolves, vampires, mechanimals, and other steampunk-type residents. Actress and comedienne Moira Quirk provides a charming and fun narration of this earnest mix of murder and manners. VERDICT Of interest to fans of the author, steampunk, or paranormal fiction. [The Little, Brown hc was a New York Times best seller.-Ed.]-Denise A. Garofalo, Mount Saint Mary Coll. Lib., Newburgh, NY (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

When troublesome 14-year-old Sophronia is sent off to attend Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality, she is none too happy about it. Her despair evaporates, however, when she learns that, at Mademoiselle Geraldine's, "finishing" means learning the finer points of deceit, espionage, and assassination. Far from a stodgy old castle, the school is a giant dirigible that floats above the moors. Effortlessly blending Victorian, paranormal, and steampunk elements, Carriger offers a feast of words (flywayman, mechanimals) and names (Dimity Ann Plumleigh-Teignmott, Phineas B. Crow) to lunch on in her YA debut, which is set in the world of her Parasol Protectorate books for adults, but several decades earlier. Carriger deploys laugh-out-loud bon mots on nearly every page ("But I don't want to be a vampire drone," Sophronia whines to her sister early on. "They'll suck my blood and make me wear only the very latest fashions"), and Sophronia is a capable and clever heroine. Amid all the fun, the author works in commentary on race and class in a sparkling start to the Finishing School series. Ages 12-up. Agent: Kristin Nelson, Nelson Literary Agency. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Set in the same world as the New York Times bestselling Parasol Protectorate, this bestselling young adult steampunk series debut is filled with all the saucy adventure and droll humor Gail Carriger's legions of fans have come to adore. <br> Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is a great trial to her poor mother. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners--and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. So she enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.<br> <br> But Sophronia soon realizes the school is not quite what her mother might have hoped. At Mademoiselle Geraldine's, young ladies learn to finish...everything. Certainly, they learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but they also learn to deal out death, diversion, and espionage--in the politest possible ways, of course. Sophronia and her friends are in for a rousing first year's education.
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