The Gilded Girl

Alyssa Colman. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $16.99 (352p) ISBN 978-0-374-31393-7
Colman’s class-interested debut offers both homage to and a fanciful spin on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s A Little Princess. In a world in which only the wealthy wield magic and those who can’t afford the hefty registration price must snuff theirs, 12-year-old Emma Harris is so close to her Kindling—full control of her magic—that she can taste it. Her magical education, however, is sorely lacking, prompting her magical architect father to enroll her at the elite New York City boarding school for young ladies. While she finds her studies difficult, introverted Emma quickly makes friends, thanks to her father’s fame and fortune. Izzy, the school’s only maid, is of Kindling age as well; though her magic must lawfully be snuffed, she has other plans. The girls’ worlds collide when Emma’s father dies and the school’s headmistress indentures her to pay her outstanding tuition. What follows is a thoughtful and imaginative exploration of friendship, internal change, and perseverance told in alternating voices and anchored in an enticingly crafted alternate turn-of-the-century New York. Ages 8–12.
Reviewed on : 02/18/2021
Release date: 04/06/2021
Genre: Children's
Paperback - 368 pages - 978-1-250-82053-2
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