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Grades 9 - 12Grade 6n/a5.472351
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.

Hardcover, 320 pages
Published on February 5, 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN-10: 031619008X
ISBN-13: 9780316190084
3 Book Reviews
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  • rozeinthebushes
    rozeinthebushesWednesday, February 10, 2016 at 2:24 pm55 starsFeatured
    This book is probably one of the books that really got me into mystery. It tells the story of Sophronia, a girl who is unladylike in the 19th century, which is precisely what she is not supposed to be. She is recruited to a finishing school by her mother's seemingly boring and old friend. She goes to the school and realizes it is not at all what she expected... If you are looking for an adventure story that's fun to read with some mystery mixed in, this book is for you.
    • everybodyrules
      everybodyrulesWednesday, October 9, 2013 at 8:13 pm
      Wow. This book sounds SOOOOOO good. Can't wait to read it!
      • peaceout22
        peaceout22Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 10:51 pm55 stars
        Etiquette and Espionage is a book about Sophronia, and she is not your average 18th century girl. Rather than learning how to curtsy with the politest manners, she'd rather climb trees and dismantle dumbwaiters. When she gets enrolled in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies, she expects a boring school for the politest girls out there.... but to her surprise... it's not what it seems. I really really enjoyed this book, and definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves reading adventure books.