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New York : Little, Brown, 2013.
307 p. ; 24 cm.
In an alternate England of 1851, spirited fourteen-year-old Sophronia is enrolled in a finishing school where, she is suprised to learn, lessons include not only the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also diversion, deceit, and espionage.
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9780316190084 (alk. paper)
031619008X (alk. paper)
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Sophronia (Female), Sent to her finished school; learns the art of deception and espionage; tries to find a object stolen from her school
Dimity (Male), Classmate of Sophronia; helps to find the missing object
Young adult fiction
Search for truth
Search and rescue
Paranormal creatures
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2000s -- 21st Century
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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.
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 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. 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 the 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. Set in the same world as the Parasol Protectorate, this YA series debut is filled with all the saucy adventure and droll humor Gail's legions of fans have come to adore.
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