The Strictest School in the World

The Strictest School in the World

Being the Tale of A Clever Girl, A Rubber Boy and A Collection of Flying Machines, Mostly Broken

Book - 2006
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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.
Publisher: Toronto, Ont. : Kids Can Press, c2006.
ISBN: 9781553378822
Characteristics: 252 pages :,illustrations ;,21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Slavin, Bill - Illustrator

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FlorenceSRP5 Apr 09, 2014

lots of crazy fun fast moving interesting characters

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FlorenceSRP5 Apr 16, 2014

Emmaline moves in with her indulgent aunt. Emmaline likes to invent flying machines, but not fly in them. Enter the "rubber boy" who rarely gets hurt no matter how much he falls in the contraptions she creates. Unfortunately, her overly proper mother takes some bad advice from a friend and enrolls Emmaline in a worst than Dickensian boarding school with pterodactyl watch dogs who chase down escapees. Nevertheless, Aunt, Sikh friend, and Rubber boy are determined to orchestrate a rescue.

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