Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Level: 7 and up
Series: Finishing School (Book 1)
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (October 8, 2013)
My Rating: 4 of 5 stars
About the Book:
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.
This book was such a fun surprise! I expected to like it, but I didn't expect it to be so quirky and funny. It's a steampunk novel intended for younger YA readers, although older teens will like it too.
The characters are hilarious and they all have distinct personality traits to make them memorable. I loved Sophronia, Monique, and Soap the most, but Vieve, Dimity, and Pillover were wonderful additions. I also loved the setting—an airship suspended over the moors of England served as a unique and unconventional school where young ladies learn to "finish" whatever or whoever needs finishing.
If you are looking for a clean, fun book for your teen to read, you'll definitely want to investigate this series.
Content: a (very) small bit of innuendo