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Covertly recruited, Sophronia Temminnick joins an exclusive finishing school to become a lady, and a spy. Steampunk, werewolves, vampires, fashion, and intrigue combine in the first book of this young adult series.
Set about 20 years before Carriger's Parasol Protectorate books, this book shares the same sense of adventure and whimsy, along with some of the same characters.
— Jenn, Atlanta
Praise for the New York Times bestselling Etiquette & Espionage:
An ALSC Notable Book for Children
A YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Pick
A YALSA Popular Paperback Pick
A Horn Book Summer Reading List Selection
* "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
* "[A] delightfully madcap espionage adventure..."—Kirkus Reviews, 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
* "Carriger's leading lady is a strong, independent role model for female readers... Ladies and gentlemen of propriety are combined with dirigibles, robots, werewolves, and vampires, making this story a steampunkmystery and an adventure mash-up that is sure to intrigue readers..."
—School Library Journal, 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
"If spunky Lady Sybil from Downton Abbey happened onto a steampunk set, she might look a lot like Sophronia Angelina Temminnick."