Genre: steampunk / young adult
Finishing School: (1) Etiquette & Espionage, (2) Curtsies & Conspiracies
Young adult RBC 2014: A book set in the past
This is a finishing school like no other. Based in a floating dirigible above the Yorkshire Moors, girls at Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality don’t just learn how to curtsey and host a dinner party correctly – they can do it while throwing a knife, casing a room for hidden clues and mixing a deadly concoction of potions to take out a troublesome enemy. That’s right: this is a Finishing Academy for young spies. Having settled in and made quite an impression on her teachers and fellow spies-in-training, Lady Sophronia finds herself on the receiving end of a collective mission to freeze her out, from girls she had considered her friend.
As the dirigible leaves the relative safety of their mooring for London and takes on board a group of male students from Bunson and Lacroix’s Boys’ Polytechnique, school for evil geniuses – imagine that, boys! – Sophronia has to uncover the real reasons behind their unexpected trip to London, whilst also dealing with the new sensation of flirting – and from two fronts! With her trusty mechanimal, Bumbersnoot for company and her penchant for finding and making trouble, Sophronia is in for an exciting adventure!