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The Strictest School in the World: Being the Tale of a Clever Girl, a Rubber Boy and a Collection of Flying Machines, Mostly Broken (Mad Misadventures of Emmaline and Rubberbones)

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In the kick-off novel in the Mad Misadventures series, 14-year-old pioneering aviatrix Emmaline Cayley is afraid of one thing: plummeting to her doom. Fortunately, 12-year-old Robert Burns, an indestructible village boy, is not. Absurdly unafraid of bodily harm, Rubberbones is the ideal pilot for Emmaline's experiments with flight. But before Emmaline can perfect a flying machine with the aid of her new friend, she is sent off to St. Grimelda's School for Young Ladies — to be cured of her decidedly unladylike ways. It is a school so strict, so severe, so forbidding that it makes the brutal misery in the tales of Charles Dickens look cheery by comparison. With a horrifying headmistress, terrifying teachers and food that is even worse than Aunt Lucy's, this medieval stronghold also houses a terrible secret and a mysterious way of keeping its prisoners, er, its students in line. All Emmaline can think of is escape. But no one has ever escaped from St. Grimelda's. And our heroine soon realizes that the only way out is to face her greatest fear.

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The kick-off novel of the Mad Misadventures series is a hilariously off-kilter adventure story about a 14-year-old aviatrix and her rubber-boned test pilot.

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crowyhead, January 6, 2007 (view all comments by crowyhead)
This is a fun Victorian romp in the tradition of Joan Aiken's Dido Twite books. It's not as well-written as those books, but there are a lot of laugh-out-loud moments. It concerns one Emmaline Clayley, who wants to be an aviatrix and designer of flying machines, but she is afraid of flying. Enter Robert, a boy with the amazing ability to fall great distances and not be hurt (you can also throw bricks at him and they just bounce off). It seems like a perfect match, but sadly, Emmaline's mother believes Emmaline is not ladylike enough, and sends her to a terribly strict boarding school. It is up to Robert, Aunt Lucy, and Lal Singh (Aunt Lucy's Indian butler) to devise a scheme to rescue her.

To give you an example of what this book is like, I would like to share one of my favorite exchanges. This is between Aunt Lucy and Professor Bellbuckle:

"Ozymandias, dear, you hit the wing of the flying machine and set it
on fire. The pterodactyl flew away, and a jolly good thing, too. You
can't just kill things at your own convenience!"

"The colonel fella did!"

"Well, perhaps. But the bird was probably just injured. Anyway, I
don't want you firing rockets at living creatures like that again. It
isn't good for your soul."

Professor Bellbuckle was about to retort that ROCKETS were good for
his soul, but just then Rubberbones caught everyone's attention.

"That tower at the school! The black 'un. It's definitely on fire!"
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781553378822
Author:
Whitehouse, Howard
Publisher:
Kids Can Press
Illustrator:
Slavin, Bill
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - General
Subject:
Schools
Subject:
School & Education
Subject:
England
Subject:
England - 19th century
Copyright:
Series:
Mad Misadventures of Emmaline and Rubberbones
Publication Date:
August 2006
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
252
Dimensions:
8.26x5.66x.98 in. .83 lbs.
Age Level:
09-12

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