Etiquette & Espionage

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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Feb 5, 2013 - Juvenile Fiction - 320 pages
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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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Ms. Carriger's writing is top-notch. - LibraryThing
My only minor criticism had to do with the plot. - LibraryThing
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Once again, the writing is spot on. - LibraryThing

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User Review  - hoosgracie - LibraryThing

Cute book set before the author's Souless series. It's a YA outing featuring younger versions of several later characters. I enjoyed it as it features the usual quirky humor. Read full review

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User Review  - Summer_Missfictional - LibraryThing

DNF'd at page 100. That's it. I can't read this. I am not going to force mysef through a book that is painfully boring to read. I simply could not get engaged nor feel involved in the story. It took ... Read full review

About the author (2013)

New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger writes to cope with being raised in obscurity by an expatriate Brit and an incurable curmudgeon. She escaped small town life and inadvertently acquired several degrees in Higher Learning. Ms. Carriger then traveled the historic cities of Europe, subsisting entirely on biscuits secreted in her handbag. She resides in the Colonies, surrounded by fantastic shoes, where she insists on tea imported from London.

The Parasol Protectorate books are: Soulless,Changeless, Blameless, Heartless, and Timeless. Soulless won the ALA's Alex Award A manga version released in Spring 2012 and a young adult series set in the same universe -- the Finishing School series -- released in Spring 2013. Gail is currently writing a new adult series, The Parasol Protectorate Abroad (Spring 2014).

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