The Finishing School Series
The Finishing School series is set in the same world as the Parasol Protectorate, only 25 years earlier, and features a finishing academy located in a giant caterpillar-like dirigible floating over Dartmoor in which young ladies are taught to . . . finish . . . everything . . . and everyone . . . as needed. There is steampunk etiquette! There is well-dressed espionage! There is Victorian fake food. There are mechanical sausage dogs named Bumbersnoot. Etiquette & Espionage and Curtsies & Conspiracies were both New York Times bestsellers!
Finishing School book trailer!
You can purchase the Finishing School books online, or from your local brick & mortar. If you would like a signed copy, you can order one from Borderlands Books.
Below are some free printable pdfs for teachers, librarians, parents, and other interested parties.
Etiquette & Espionage Reading Guide and Vocabulary List
With grateful thanks to Elizabeth Schwartz, primary author of both. And to Ray Frankum for the assist.
Finishing School Educator's Guide
* Educator's Guide ~ Little Brown's complete guide to the first three Finishing School books.
Gail's top three favorite things from Etiquette & Espionage?
1. Flying trifle 2. Flying mechanimal sausage dogs 3. Flying cheese pie
Etiquette & Espionage Blurb
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.
Curtsies & Conspiracies, Book the Second of the Finishing School series, released Nov. 5, 2013.
Curtsies & Conspiracies Blurb
Does one need four fully grown foxgloves for decorating a dinner table for six guests? Or is it six foxgloves to kill four fully grown guests?
Sophronia's first year at Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality has certainly been rousing! For one thing, finishing school is training her to be a spy--won't Mumsy be surprised? Furthermore, Sophronia got mixed up in an intrigue over a stolen device and had a cheese pie thrown at her in a most horrid display of poor manners.
Now, as she sneaks around the dirigible school, eavesdropping on the teachers' quarters and making clandestine climbs to the ship's boiler room, she learns that there may be more to a field trip to London than is apparent at first. A conspiracy is afoot--one with dire implications for both supernaturals and humans. Sophronia must rely on her training to discover who is behind the dangerous plot-and survive the London Season with a full dance card.
In this sequel to New York Times bestselling Etiquette & Espionage, class is back in session with more petticoats and poison, tea trays and treason. Gail's distinctive voice, signature humor, and lush steampunk setting are sure to be the height of fashion this season.
The incredible music video!
If this music video teaches us anything, it’s that if your going to take off in the middle of a finishing lesson it should at least be to eliminate an enemy.
Gail's fashion blog covers vintage items that match Curtsies & Conspiracies
( This not a manga but the translation of the books into Japanese.)