I am so happy to share with you this lovely and thoughtful starred review from the May 1 issue of School Library Journal. Here's an excerpt:
"Jane Eyre meets Lemony Snicket in this smart, surprising satire of a 19th-century English governess story....Humorous antics and a climactic cliff-hanger ending will keep children turning pages and clamoring for the next volume, while more sophisticated readers will take away much more...." —School Library Journal (starred review)
The whole review is here; it's the last one in the fiction section.
Add this to the starry praise from Kirkus, Booklist and PW (blurbage below), and I think Agatha Swanburne must be smiling, wherever she is! I know I am.
“It’s the best beginning since the bad beginning [by Lemony Snicket] and will leave readers howling for the next episode.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“How hearty and delicious . . . Smartly written with a middle-grade audience in mind, this is both fun and funny and sprinkled with dollops of wisdom (thank you, Agatha Swanburne). How will it all turn out? Appetites whetted.” —ALA Booklist (starred review)
“With a Snicketesque affect, Wood’s narrative propels the drama . . . pervasive humor and unanswered questions should have readers begging for more.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Isn't that wonderful? I'm so grateful and pleased. But, as Agatha Swanburne once said, "Studying astronomy is all very well, but sequels do not write themselves." It's back to work for this Incorrigible author...