Curtsies & Conspiracies

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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Nov 5, 2013 - Juvenile Fiction - 320 pages
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Does one need four fully grown foxgloves for decorating a dinner table for six guests? Or is it six foxgloves to kill four fully grown guests?

Sophronia's first year at Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality has certainly been rousing! For one thing, finishing school is training her to be a spy--won't Mumsy be surprised? Furthermore, Sophronia got mixed up in an intrigue over a stolen device and had a cheese pie thrown at her in a most horrid display of poor manners.

Now, as she sneaks around the dirigible school, eavesdropping on the teachers' quarters and making clandestine climbs to the ship's boiler room, she learns that there may be more to a field trip to London than is apparent at first. A conspiracy is afoot--one with dire implications for both supernaturals and humans. Sophronia must rely on her training to discover who is behind the dangerous plot-and survive the London Season with a full dance card.

In this sequel to New York Times bestselling Etiquette & Espionage, class is back in session with more petticoats and poison, tea trays and treason. Gail's distinctive voice, signature humor, and lush steampunk setting are sure to be the height of fashion this season.

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User Review  - Tanya-dogearedcopy - LibraryThing

This is a fun, frothy YA paranormal steampunk series about a girl named Sophronia who is sent away to finishing school; but this is a different sort of finishing school than what she was expecting ... Read full review

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User Review  - bell7 - LibraryThing

In her continuing adventures at finishing school, Sophronia and her compatriots are given their six month marks and she's given such high praise that the other girls are jealous. Will she overcome ... Read full review

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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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