Synopses & Reviews
An action-packed tale of gowns, guys, guns–and the heroines who use them all
Set in turn of the century London, The Friday Society follows the stories of three very intelligent and talented young women, all of whom are assistants to powerful men: Cora, lab assistant; Michiko, Japanese fight assistant; and Nellie, magician's assistant. The three young women's lives become inexorably intertwined after a chance meeting at a ball that ends with the discovery of a murdered mystery man.
It's up to these three, in their own charming but bold way, to solve the murder–and the crimes they believe may be connected to it–without calling too much attention to themselves.
Set in the past but with a modern irreverent flare, this Steampunk whodunit introduces three unforgettable and very ladylike–well, relatively ladylike–heroines poised for more dangerous adventures.
"In this rowdy steampunk adventure, Kress (Alex and the Ironic Gentleman) introduces three dashing teenage heroines: Cora, brilliant lab assistant to inventor and politician Lord White; Nellie, beautiful stage assistant to a charismatic magician, the Great Raheem; and Michiko, talented martial artist and servant to the charlatan Sir Callum Fielding-Shaw. The three young women, meeting by accident, become fast friends; when murder is committed, and mysterious villains and monsters begin to stalk the streets of London, they team up to bring an end to the reign of terror. This mostly successful tale combines humor and menace in equal proportion, though the narrative voice flouts the language of Kress's Edwardian setting. Cora rescues her employer from a 'skeevy' opium den and looks 'smokin' ' in a red dress; later, a surprised Michiko, who speaks little English, thinks, 'Oh, for crying out loud.' While these and many other linguistic anachronisms are distracting, they contribute to a lighthearted, freewheeling atmosphere. With odd inventions, beautifully described clothing, and skilled heroines, this alternate history offers much to enjoy. Ages 12 up. Agent: Jessica Regel, Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency. (Dec.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"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
About the Author
Adrienne Kress studied at the University of Toronto, and at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. Her time in the UK served as inspiration for her middle-grade books, Alex and the Ironic Gentleman and Timothy and the Dragon's Gate. Adrienne has since returned to Toronto, where she acts, directs, produces, and writes.