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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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 ›
What I liked: Agnes had a lot of spunk and I enjoyed her Jane Austen quotes in multiple languages. In addition, kudos to Ms. Bradbury for knowing that Austen's books were first published anonymously. The tie-ins to the war with Napoleon was unique to this book - it seems that in many novels of the same setting, the war is barely mentioned. The ending tied up enough loose ends to satisfy me, while still leaving the door wide open for sequels, which sound more potentially interesting than the first book.
What I was not so crazy about: There is really nothing wrong with this book. My biggest problem was simply that it did not feel very original. Yes, the Egyptology plot was different, but besides that it felt quite a bit like other historical mysteries. The characters felt like archetypes, and the plot twists were fairly predictable. Lots of "talking heads" scenes, and nothing too exciting.
In short: This is a fun, very quick mystery with a bit of romance, but not outstanding. Still, I would be willing to read sequels in the future.
Something similar: ...Read more ›
Chock full of Jane Austen references, this fun historical mystery is a must read for any fans of the Regency time period. Bradbury does an excellent job of integrating the adventure aspects of the story with the more Austen-like plotline of Agnes' impending engagement to Lord Showalter.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 16 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