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 Curtsies & conspiracies
 Author: Carriger, Gail

 Publisher:  Little, Brown
 Pub Year: 2013

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 310 p.,  23 cm.

 BTSB No: 193264 ISBN: 9780316190114
 Ages: 12-16 Grades: 7-11

 Private schools -- Fiction
 School stories
 Etiquette -- Fiction
 Espionage -- Fiction
 Robots -- Fiction
 Science fiction
 Great Britain -- History -- 1936-1952, George VI -- Fiction

Price: $6.50

In her alternate England of 1851, fifteen-year-old Sophronia tries to uncover who is behind a plot to control a prototype that has the potential to alter human and supernatural travel, and to learn what role Mademoiselle Geraldine's academy for young spies plays in the affair.

Finishing School

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: UG
   Reading Level: 5.80
   Points: 12.0   Quiz: 163551
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 9-12
   Reading Level: 5.60
   Points: 18.0   Quiz: 62367

   Kirkus Reviews (10/01/13)
   School Library Journal (11/01/13)
   Booklist (+) (08/01/13)
 The Hornbook (00/01/14)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 08/01/2013 *Starred Review* Six months ago, Sophronia was a covert recruit in Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy (Etiquette & Espionage, 2013). Now she’s earning top marks in such areas as “tea and delusions” and “portion allotment, puddings, and preemptive poisonings.” While her etiquette—ahem—still needs work, her naturally curious and calculating mind is so adept at espionage that even the teachers are wary of her. So when the floating school journeys to London to witness a technological breakthrough—travel through the aetherosphere made possible by a new guidance valve—Sophronia suspects that this is more than just a field trip. While the other girls plan shopping trips and parties, Sophronia uncovers a conspiracy to control the patent and production of the valve, which every faction has a stake in. Carriger’s second steampunk adventure exceeds the first with its (slightly) more plot-driven story, but the fun, again, is in watching ever-practical Sophronia sneak and scheme her way into sometimes dangerous, sometimes riotously funny, situations—and even learn a few sobering lessons about consequences along the way. New characters, including a pesky lord enamored of Sophronia, round out an already quirky but lovable group of friends/collaborators. We repeat: This witty, lighthearted series is not to be missed. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: The short nine-month span between first and second volumes says much about the publisher’s eagerness to capitalize on the heat. Fans won’t have a second to breathe. - Copyright 2013 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 11/01/2013 Gr 7–10—Fans of Etiquette & Espionage (Little, Brown, 2013) know that Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality is not your typical boarding school. Sophronia is now in her second year of training as a spy and has established herself as one of the top recruits, at least in terms of espionage, and her suspicious nature continues to drive her as she uses her skills and training to uncover the true reason behind the school trip to London. Carriger does not reintroduce characters or give any backstory; instead she jumps right into the thick of the action, developing a fast-paced plot that is sure to keep readers' attention as Sophronia discovers a conspiracy involving a technology that will affect vampires, werewolves, and humans alike. New characters and the introduction of boys onto a floating airship full of teenage girls gives this adventure/mystery an interesting steampunk twist. As in the first novel, the true-to-the-period language may slow down some readers, but this is a must-have purchase for libraries in which the first book is popular.—Betsy Davidson, Cortland Free Library, NY - Copyright 2013 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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