Nicolette's awful stepsisters call her
Mechanica to demean her, but the nickname fits: she learned to be an inventor at her motherís knee. Her mom is gone now, though, and the Steps have turned her into a servant in her own home.
When she discovers a secret workshop in the cellar on her sixteenth birthday and befriends Jules, a tiny magical metal horse, Nicolette starts to imagine a new life for herself. The timing may be perfect: there's a technological exposition and a royal ball on the horizon.
Gorgeous prose and themes of social justice and family shine in this richly imagined Cinderella retelling about an indomitable inventor who finds her prince but realizes she doesn't want a fairy tale
happy ending after all.
Maggie Thrash has spent basically every summer of her fifteen-year-old life at the one-hundred-year-old Camp Bellflower for Girls, set deep in the heart of Appalachia. (Read more...)
She's from Atlanta, has never kissed a guy, is into Backstreet Boys in a really deep way, and her long summer days are full of a pleasant, peaceful nothing, until one confounding moment. A split-second of innocent physical contact pulls Maggie into a gut-twisting love for an older, wiser, and most surprising of all (at least to Maggie), female counselor named Erin.
But Camp Bellflower is an impossible place for a girl to fall in love with another girl, and Maggie's savant-like proficiency at the camp's rifle range is the only thing keeping her heart from exploding. When it seems as if Erin maybe feels the same way about Maggie, it's too much for both Maggie and Camp Bellflower to handle, let alone to understand.
All-girl camp. First love. First heartbreak. At once romantic and devastating, brutally honest and full of humor, this graphic-novel memoir is a debut of the rarest sort.
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