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Etiquette & Espionage: Finishing School, Book 1

By Julie A. Carlson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Delightful steampunk fantasy about girl spies and assassins.

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age 11+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 10+

Love this series!

I love this Finishing School series and have re-read it several times. My fantasy loving daughter began reading the series at around 10 and she's reread it several times as well. These books are smart and charming and quirky - absurd in the best way. It's about a Steampunk/supernatural world where girls attend a clandestine finishing school on a dirigible that trains them to be secret agents. Sophronia is a fantastic girl role model as are her finishing school friends.
age 13+

A charming tale!

A good fun Steampunk tale, with witty dialogue and intriguing plot. Its quirky style will draw you in!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (10 ):

ETIQUETTE & ESPIONAGE is a delightful first book in a promising new YA series by Gail Carriger, author of the fantastic Parasol Protectorate series for adults. Here, Carriger does everything right. Just like her other steampunk novels, Etiquette & Espionage is a fabulous story filled with wit, uproarious dialogue, and a heroine who's cool, intelligent, and extremely clever.

Unique names, such as Sophronia Angelina Temminnick, Dimity Ann Plumleigh-Teignmott, Monique de Pelouse, and Phineas B. Crow (aka Soap), will leave readers tongue-twisted. And original gadgets, weapons, and air transportation, as well as powerful robots and mechanical animals, will spark readers' imagination. Bravo!

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