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Cora is an intelligent, educated young lab assistant who loves science, explosions, and using her head over her heart. Michiko is a smart, deft fight assistant who loves learning how to be a proper samurai. Nellie is a clever, pretty magician’s assistant who loves sparkles, costumes, and social engineering. In Edwardian London, these three bright, talented young ladies come together after discovering a murdered mystery man. In trying to protect their loved ones and themselves, the death and danger around them increase, and the intrepid friends must learn whom to trust, when to trespass, and how best to hide their investigation from their bosses. This fun, fast-paced, steampunk adventure features strong, sassy heroines, great friendships, light romance, and cute outfits. Recommend this to fans of Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series, Kady Cross’ Steampunk Chronicles series, and Ally Carter’s Gallagher Girls books. Grades 7-12. --Candice Mack

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"With odd inventions, beautifully described clothing, and skilled heroines, this alternate history offers much to enjoy." — Publishers Weekly

"...an overall sense of frothy fun prevails, bolstered by winks at genre convention (much is made of the always-foggy London crime scenes) and by three kick-ass females with complementary strengths and distinctive personalities." — The Horn Book

"The Friday Society is an explosively entertaining concoction–a mystery and an adventure folded around complex themes, draped in rich historical settings, spiced with Steampunk cool and laced with sharp contemporary wit. It's a firecracker of a read, packed with a trio of feisty, fiery, fiercely intelligent heroines worth rooting for. More please!" — Lesley Livingston, author of the internationally bestselling Wondrous Strange series
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 710L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Dial Books (December 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803737610
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803737617
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.9 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #993,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"With a crisp, engaging voice and sharp wit, Adrienne Kress is always a treat to read." - Kelley Armstrong, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

Adrienne Kress is an actor and author residing in Toronto, Canada. She is the author of two children's novels and two young adult novels: ALEX AND THE IRONIC GENTLEMAN (Scholastic), TIMOTHY AND THE DRAGON'S GATE (Scholastic), THE FRIDAY SOCIETY (Penguin) and OUTCAST (Diversion Books). Published around the world, ALEX AND THE IRONIC GENTLEMAN, was featured in the New York Post as a "Post Potter Pick," as well as on the CBS early show. It also won the Heart of Hawick award in the UK. The sequel, TIMOTHY AND THE DRAGON'S GATE, was nominated for the Audie, Red Cedar and Manitoba Young Readers Choice Awards, and was optioned for film. And her debut YA, THE FRIDAY SOCIETY (Penguin), was nominated for the Quill Award and was optioned for television.

She's contributed to anthologies: CORSETS & CLOCKWORK (YA Steampunk Romance short story anthology, Running Press Kids), THE GIRL WHO WAS ON FIRE (an essay anthology analysing the Hunger Games series - Smart Pop) and THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO WRITING FOR THE YOUNG ADULT (Dragon Moon Press). She also wrote, produced and directed the play A WEEKEND IN THE COUNTRY for both the Summerworks Festival in Toronto, Canada, and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland. And she co-wrote/produced/directed (and even starred in) the webseries RYAN GOSLING MUST BE STOPPED.

Adrienne is also an actor with an honours BA in theatre from the University of Toronto and is a graduate of LAMDA's post-graduate classical acting programme in the UK. Some of her recent theatre roles include Connie in COME BLOW YOUR HORN (Classic Theatre Festival), First Lady in A MASKED BALL (Canadian Opera Company), Alisa in SWOON! (nation.theatre), Ellie Powers in DUEL OF AGES (True Edge Productions), and Lady Capulet in ROMEO AND JULIET (Tempest Theatre Group). Choice roles while in the UK: Solveig in PEER GYNT (Dale Teater Kompani), Chatillon in KING JOHN (The Space), and Dusty in BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (Chaplins Entertainment). She can also be seen in the horror flicks THE DEVIL'S MILE (Grover's Mill) and WOLVES (directed by David Hayter), and the SyFy show, LOST GIRL.

Her website www.AdrienneKress.com

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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Nicole on December 21, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I found that this story was really cute, but not a favorite. If you remember, we did a Waiting on Wednesday on this book back in October, and I was able to get a copy of it when I went to New York Comic Con. I was excited to check out a book about three kick ass ladies who solve crime.

The reason that I did not love this book was because a lot of the language and terms used were ones not from the early 1900s, and as a historian, well, I got irked. For starters, the Nellie and Cora kept referring to themselves as "so hot"which is not a term that was used that way in the early 1900's. The other offending term was "Wow. Deep." I felt that a lot of what they were saying were colloquialisms unique to our time.

I loved Michiko and felt that she was the only character that managed to grow within the book. She went from being this girl in a foreign land, who was bullied by her "master" into this strong samurai. I did feel that it was a little difficult to incorporate her because she had a language barrier. I loved learning a little bit more about the art of the samurai.

Cora started out as my favorite, she was strong and independent, but as the book went on, she just bothered me. Her whole dalliance with a gentleman in the book felt so rushed but not in an insta-love way, just a this feels weird way. Nellie was another one that I didn't like from the beginning just because she seemed so superficial and fake. I will admit that I love her use of glitter as self defense.

If I look past the characters and the other difficulties, I liked the plot line. At times it felt a little all over the place. I loved the titles of the chapters and how they all tied together. I also liked how the steampunk tied in with Cora's inventions. There were a lot of fun themes through this book, that make it worth checking out, I have friends that totally loved it, so maybe its the book for.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By BookY on December 9, 2012
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This was one of those books that I bought pretty much solely because of the book cover. I mean, just look at it! It screams girl-power, steampunk and fun. And in those 3 respects at least, it definitely delivers.

Cora, Nellie and Michiko are thrown together by chance one night, at the scene of a grisly murder. Fate has their paths crossing again and again, a friendship blossoms, and they find themselves working together to solve a series of mysteries that may or may not be all connected.

The beginning of this book is fantastic - I loved the way the 3 girls are introduced to the reader. I liked learning about each girl's past and getting to know her personality. Each has her own personal struggles to overcome, as well as interesting relationships with secondary characters.

The steampunk setting is also nicely done. There are gadgets galore, cool inventions and the clothing descriptions are awesome. The language/dialogue does feel a bit off with modern phrases popping up here and there, but I got used to it after awhile and didn't think it was overly distracting.

Things I didn't like:

Although it starts out strong, the story does lose steam about midway through. The writing is snappy and fun, but sometimes (and towards the end, many times) the "fun" goes a little over the top and spills into the realm of absurdity. Although I laughed several times throughout the book, I found myself rolling my eyes just a little bit more. In particular, the part where the villain is revealed and motivations are explained is downright ridiculous. Really, the mystery as a whole was pretty lame and one aspect of it was very predictable. The ending played out like a bad cartoon episode.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Avery Greaves on December 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
As I have said time and time again, it is very rare for me to like female characters- especially when compared to their male counterparts. I feel like the male characters are so built up, that we, as readers, know everything about them, from the differentiating flecks of colour in their eyes, how their hair falls just perfectly over their forehead, how the one corner of their mouth quirks up, etc., whereas the female characters are often just shells that female readers can insert themselves into- that is, until I read this book and met its three main females- Michiko, Nellie, and Cora.

Each of these girls is so dynamic, multifaceted, insert adjective of that nature here (and with such BIG personalities)- but best of all, I think it darn near impossible to pick a favourite out of the three as they each bring something unique to the table- from Michiko's understated strength and elegance to Cora's intelligence and witty comebacks to Nellie's charm and just overall likeability. They are some of few characters that I know that I will never tire of revisiting.

Another element of this book that really stuck out to me was the setting- a sort of Victorian-era setting with a Steampunk vibe. While I have read many books of this nature I have only found one to be truly successful in carrying it out before- Lia Habel's "Dearly, Departed", again, that is, until I read this novel. In fact, I think that the setting of this book may be even better than that of Habel's as I find the Steampunk to be not so glaringly obvious (ie. almost as if it is just thrown in there for the sake of being there), like Michiko's understated strength and elegance the Steampunkness is, too, understated.
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