Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger

In the annals of delectable literature for perspicacious young ladies, Gail Carriger’s Etiquette and Espionage combines the wonderful names and quirky characters reminiscent of Roald Dahl with a most lovable rapscallion of a young Victorian heroine. Add a finishing school with a very special curriculum, hordes of angry skywaymen in airships, and an adorable Steampunk wiener dog, and this novel provides the reader with several happy hours of escapist reading. An additional plus, this novel is clean enough for me to recommend to sixth graders without risking their innocent minds. I especially enjoy the fact that the heroine does not feel the need for romance to complete her. I am excited for the release of the sequel, Curtsies and Conspiracies, to be released early next month.