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Kathleen Baldwin is an American author.
Born in Arizona, Kathleen has always had a huge sense of adventure. Even though she went through a tragedy young when her mother passed, she has kept going.
She has been all over the country, going to the Rockies, went to college and took too many classes, wandered around the desert, had the unique and terrifying experience of being followed and stalked by a wild animal known as the cougar, fell in love several times and received her fair share of proposals.
In addition to all of this, she also had an argument with a rattlesnake and happened to lose it. Even though she has plenty of romantic adventures, Kathleen was able to finally meet the one for her. Together they have made a beautiful life and have worked to raise four children that are just as free of spirit and adventurous as their writer mom.
Kathleen Baldwin has also had four of her romantic comedy works given the royal treatment by Kensington, award-winning illustrator and author. This included the finalist for the Holt Medallion, titled Mistaken Kiss. Her Stranje House Series also won an award in 2012.
This author enjoys the works as well as the humor and wit of authors such as Jane Austen, Oscar Wilde, and P.G. Wodehouse. She also has interest in a wide variety of novels as well from authors such as Meg Cabot to Frank Herbert. She also enjoys the works of authors such as Diana Wynne Jones.
Young Adult Fiction, Historical, Europe, Romance, Alternative History, Clean & Wholesome
Gr 8 Up
This intriguing series opener is a tale of daring, conspiracy, adventure, and romance set against the tumultuous, backdrop of war-torn Europe in 1814. Napoleon is in exile on Elba, dignitaries from across Europe are gathering at the Congress of Vienna, and assassination plots are rumored. At the cavernous Stranje House in England, a select group of spirited, inventive, and nonconformist girls are secretly learning espionage tactics. Georgiana Fitzwilliam has an unconventional aptitude and enthusiasm for math and science. When one of her experiments accidentally leads to a fire in her father’s stables, Georgie is banished by her exasperated parents to the supposedly harsh, reforming tutelage of Headmistress Emily Stranje. Georgie gradually discovers that all is not as it seems. Her classmates have special talents; her headmistress is a clever, well-connected, resourceful teacher; and visiting Lord Sebastian Wyatt is on a covert mission. Georgie’s invention of invisible ink becomes a vital secret communication weapon supporting the new order in Europe. Although the novel is rich in historical references, language, and culture, not all of the happenings are actually true. This alternative history series will appeal to fans of Gail Carriger’s works and “The Cecelia and Kate” novels (Harcourt) by Patricia C. Wrede and Carolyn Stevermer. Teens will enjoy the well-drawn cast of characters and identify with 19th-century Georgie’s angst, insecurity, desire for independence, and first love.
VERDICT The spunky, naive, and passsionate protagonist will resonate with readers, who will appreciate the lively, fast-paced narrative of personal discovery, maturing realizations, and understanding.—Gerry Larson, formerly at Durham School of the Arts, NC
The books in suggested reading order:
A School for Unusual Girls
Exile for Dreamers
Refuge for Masterminds