Wrapped

Wrapped

Book - 2011
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Seventeen-year-old Agnes Wilkins is about to make her debut into 1815 London society at a lavish party, where she meets Lord Showalter, a wealthy and eligible man who collects Egyptian antiquities and who is hiding a dangerous secret.
Publisher: New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781416990079
1416990070
Branch Call Number: Teen Bra
Characteristics: 309 p. ; 22 cm

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bwortman Mar 28, 2013

A fun and slightly fluffy YA historical novel, Wrapped definitely has its appeals. Agnes is a charming central character although she has some decidedly teen moments that had me rolling my eyes. The central mystery is also pretty enjoyable although the resolution left me feeling less than surprised and disappointed that the characters didn't catch on earlier. The historical element could go either way for readers. If you expect strict adherence to 19th century social mores, this book isn't for you. However, if you're willing to overlook some of the more liberal elements, the historical period is conjured quite well. My biggest complaint is that, while I adore Jane Austen, Agnes' habit of translating lines from her novels into other languages when nervous is a bit too much for me. Perfectly enjoyable but not amazing.

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bookaddict983
Mar 30, 2012

I met this author today. it was very interesting to hear how she comes up with her ideas and where the idea for this came up. that actually did this in England in the 1800's!!

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Autumn20
Feb 27, 2012

I love this book!

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princess555
Nov 27, 2011

I love this book! Usually I like historical fiction books, but this one is by far the best one that I've read.

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Caryn
Oct 16, 2011

Marvelous Regency era story with a clever heroine and Egyptian artifacts and wonderful clothes. Great for 12-up. (You'll like Agnes.)

Agnes Wilkins is about to debut into society and begins the endless season of parties at her neighbor, Lord Showalter’s house. But Lord Showalter has a surprise for his guests – an authentic Egyptian mummy to unwrap, and he wants Agnes to make the first cut! When Agnes finds a small, iron jackal’s head carving she secretly keeps it. Now everyone at the party is being targeted for robberies and burglary, and Agnes wonders just what the significance of the small dog’s head could be. She recruits the help of the young Egyptologist Caedmon Stowe, and together their investigation begins. Grades 9+, 320 pages

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Caryn
Oct 16, 2011

Caryn thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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