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Wrapped Hardcover – May 24, 2011
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". . . readers have the makings of a bold and daring historical adventure tale with a brave, quick-thinking heroine at its center. A good mystery for fans of the plucky heroine in Julia Golding's Cat Royal Adventures." --Booklist
"Austen fans who wish her characters would get up off their settees and risk an adventure will enjoy Bradbury's smart, feisty heroine." Kirkus Reviews
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Bradbury, Jennifer. Wrapped. Atheneum/Simon & Schuster, 2011. 320p. $16.99. 978-1-4169-9007-9.
This is a fast-paced historical novel that engages the reader on many levels by contrasting roles of class, history, and women with modern society. In England during the Regency period, Agnes Wilkins is about to make her debut into society. But Agnes is no ordinary debutante, as she can quote Jane Austen (“A Lady”) in ten languages and help end the Napoleonic wars. Agnes is realizing the restraints of her class as she tracks down the mystery of an Egyptian standard. Though she is wooed by a gentleman of her class who invites her to an “Unwrapping,” she has feelings for Caedmon, the lackey Egyptologist. At this social event that features a mummy from Egypt, she uncovers an iron artifact with a scrap of linen that predates the mummification. The reader gets a subtle lesson in historical relativism as Agnes goes behind the scenes of the British Museum and connects this jackal head to the Rosetta Stone. The gender issues are dealt with effectively as she uses poignant Austen quotes in response to her mother’s constricting attentions to her dress and demeanor.
Though slightly different in exact years, this novel would pair well with the classic Count of Monte Cristo as “Old Boney,” Napoleon, indirectly influences both protagonists’ actions. The differences between the two novels would make an interesting comparison on political and social levels.—Ann Reddy Damon.
VOYA June 2011
"Bradbury offers a grand historical mystery with a pinch of supernatural intrigue and a hint of romance."
- SLJ June 2011
"A bold and daring historical adventure tale with a brave, quick-thinking heroine at its center."
--BOOKLIST, May 1, 2011
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Overall I really liked this book even though I quickly figured out who the villain was and the story could be a little unbelievable at times. I found that I didn't care about those minor flaws because I was having too much fun reading about Agnes and her adventures! Bradbury leaves room for a sequel and I certainly hope there will be one.
Wrapped is a fun and fast read and Agnes is a great character. She is so intelligent but never allowed to live up to her potential because of her gender. Life is coming at her a bit faster than she can deal with and then it's topped off with the mummy mystery that both intrigues and frightens her.Read more ›
Did you know that in the 1800's, when Great Britain was fascinated by all things Egyptian, wealthy collectors used to hold mummy unwrapping parties? I'm not sure if that's the specific fact that inspired this book, but it certainly makes for a terrific story starter: our tale begins with the intrepid (well, bored) Agnes Wilkins attending a mummy unwrapping at the home of her soon-to-be betrothed, Lord Showalter.
Each of the guests who helps unwrap the mummy is allowed to keep any trinkets he or she finds in the wrappings. Agnes doesn't admit she has found a small amulet, and when Lord Showalter announces in some agitation that this is the wrong mummy, she is too embarrassed to return the small metal dog's head.
Then the guests who have participated in the unwrapping have their homes burglarized or are attacked, and Agnes turns sleuth. Is there really a mummy's curse, or is this an all-too-human plot of the nefarious Napoleonic variety?
Either way, Agnes finds she would rather spend time investigating the mystery with the help of a touchy, clever assistant curator at the British Museum than flirt with Lord Showalter, who seems to have secrets of his own. But Agnes and Caedmon find themselves in peril of their lives...
Throw in a secret society or two and the secret codes to match. Be sure and make Agnes a linguistics specialist, the daughter of England's chief spymaster. Yes, it's all a bit campy, but it's also fun!Read more ›
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2011
Source: Received a free e-galley via Simon & Schuster's GalleyGrab in exchange for an honest review.
Agnes Wilkins is surprised to find a jackal brooch when she participates in a mummy-unwrapping party at Lord Showalter, her prospective husband and the most eligible bachelor in London. As she seeks to uncover the message within, with the assistance of the surprisingly dashing Caedmon at the British Museum, she realizes that it might have more modern repercussions than just ancient Egypt. For there is a spy who is working so that Napoleon just might receive supernatural benefits during his return from Elba. (I worked hard on this summary because the Goodreads summary for the kindle edition has a major spoiler in it!)
What a cute book! Just about all I knew going in to this book was that the cover was gorgeous and it hooked me right away as the main character Agnes Wilkins adores Jane Austen's writing. That is my kind of heroine! Besides her appreciation for "A Lady's" writing, Agnes is also learned in ten languages with varying degrees of fluency and possessed with a strong sense of adventure and a keen intellect. Her partnership with Caedmon begins uneasily but they quickly form a rapport as they seek out threats to England. Although most of the supporting characters do not play a big role, I was able to create images of them in my head to complement Agnes and Caedmon's story.
The pacing of the story is pretty good although I felt there wasn't much suspense over who the spy might be. There was a good mix between Agnes attempting to be a proper debutante but also puzzling out the mystery with Caedmon.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Set in Napoleonic times, this is a fun historical adventure with a plucky heroine and the feel of Austin. Sometimes a bit unrealistic, but always a jolly good time. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Stacie Morrell
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I am absolutely in love with this book! Agnes is such a wonderfully smart and witty heroine. Read more
This book is very enjoyable and has a pleasant good natured feel to it. One problem the book has, is that it possesses a almost childish predictability to it, and a very... Read morePublished on November 1, 2013 by JenningsM
A historical mystery with love and humour -- but not so much unsuitable romance to make a young person uncomfortable-- perfect for young adult readers or the young at heart. Read morePublished on April 7, 2013 by Christina Boyd
Wrapped is an engaging story set in Regency England in 1815, about a young woman named Agnes Wilkins, a debutante. Read morePublished on September 8, 2012 by Black Plum
"Wrapped" is a delightful romp of a novel. Unlike many contemporary YA novels, the love story is kept strictly PG. Read morePublished on August 1, 2012 by CrimsonGirl
Firstly, I have to make a note that I still haven't finished this book. I'm having quite a difficult time of it, and considering the fact that its an audiobook, and the only thing... Read morePublished on July 11, 2012 by PhantomF
In 1815 London, a popular party event was an "unwrapping" -- of a mummy! When archaeologists first discovered Egyptian mummies, there were so many of them that they were sold like... Read morePublished on June 23, 2012 by J. Grambo
"Wrapped" is such a mixture of good things and not-so-good things that it's hard to know where to start. Read morePublished on April 24, 2012 by Itinerant Bookaholic