Sophronia's more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than learning the proper etiquette at tea. Mrs. Temminnick is worried that her daughter will never grow up to be a proper lady.
So she decides to send Sophronia away to Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality. Little does Sophronia (or her mother!) know that this is a school where ingenious young girls learn how to finish... but it's the wrong kind of finishing. It seems that Sophronia and her new friends are going to have a rousing first year at school.
New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger writes to cope with being raised in obscurity by an expatriate Brit and an incurable curmudgeon. She escaped small town life and inadvertently acquired several degrees in Higher Learning. Ms. Carriger then traveled the historic cities of Europe, subsisting entirely on biscuits secreted in her handbag. She resides in the Colonies, surrounded by fantastic shoes, where she insists on tea imported from London.