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Etiquette & Espionage
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Book 1
Author Gail Carriger
Genre Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction
Release Date February 5, 2013
Series Finishing School Series
Pages 307
Publisher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Summary[]

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Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is the bane of her mother's existence. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper etiquette at tea--and God forbid anyone see her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. She enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

But little does Sophronia or her mother know that this is a school where ingenious young girls learn to finish, all right—but it's a different kind of finishing. Mademoiselle Geraldine's certainly trains young ladies in the finer arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also in the other kinds of finishing: the fine arts of death, diversion, deceit, espionage, and the modern weaponries. Sophronia and her friends are going to have a rousing first year at school.

About[]

Etiquette & Espionage debuted the New York Times Young Adult bestseller list at #9 on February 24, 2013.

Gail's fans created a Reading Guide and Vocabulary List for Etiquette & Espionage. Two free printable pdfs for teachers, librarians, any other interested parties. You can find them on Gail's website.

Praise[]

"Carriger's YA debut brings her mix of Victorian paranormal steampunk and winning heroines to a whole new audience...with cleverly Victorian methods of espionage, witty banter, lighthearted silliness, and a ship full of intriguingly quirky people." ~ Booklist (starred review)

"Carriger deploys laugh-out-loud bon mots on nearly every page...Amid all the fun, the author works in commentary on race and class in a sparkling start to the Finishing School series." ~ Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"[A] delightfully madcap espionage adventure..." ~ Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Blending intrigue and elements of the school story, Carriger introduces teen readers to a supernatural-meets-steampunk world full of action and wit." ~ Horn Book

Chapter Titles[]

  • Lesson One - The Start of Being Finished
  • Lesson Two - Beware Flywaymen, for They Are Ill-dressed and Ill-mannered
  • Lesson Three - How Not To Make Introductions
  • Lesson Four - The Correct Configuration of a Finishing School
  • Lesson Five - Never Hurl Garlic Mash at a Man with a Crossbow
  • Lesson Six - The Real Meaning of Finishing
  • Lesson Seven - The Proper Place for Sooties
  • Lesson Eight - The Teaching Habits of Werewolves
  • Lesson Nine - How Not to Flirt
  • Lesson Ten - The Correct Way to Get Caught
  • Lesson Eleven - On the Importance of Proper Dress
  • Lesson Twelve - Proper Communication in Social Situations
  • Lesson Thirteen - Attack of the Fan and Sprinkle
  • Lesson Fourteen - On Intermingling the Classes
  • Lesson Fifteen - Keeping Proper Records and How to Steal Them
  • Lesson Sixteen - Breaking, Burgling, and a Proper Breakfast
  • Lesson Seventeen - Conducting Oneself Properly at a Ball

Timeline[]

  • The book takes place in October 1851

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