In this inventive Cinderella retelling, there's a ball and a prince, sure. But this heroine wants to earn her freedom - and create her own fairy-tale ending. Nicolette's awful stepsisters call her "Mechanica" to demean her, but the nickname fits: she learned to be an inventor at her mother's knee. Her mum is gone now, though, and the Steps have pushed her into a life of dreary servitude. When she discovers a secret workshop in the cellar on her sixteenth birthday-and befriends Jules, a tiny magical metal horse-Nicolette starts to imagine a new life for herself. And the timing may be perfect: There's a technological exposition and a royal ball on the horizon. Determined to invent her own happily-ever-after, Mechanica seeks to wow the prince and eager entrepreneurs alike. AGES: 12 + AUTHOR: Betsy Cornwell is the author of the YA novel Tides, which SLJ called "a nuanced debut" and "an insightful and compelling work." She graduated from Smith College and was a columnist and editor at Teen Ink before receiving an MFA in creative writing from Notre Dame, where she also taught fiction. She lives in Ireland. Visit her website at www.betsycornwell.com.

Mechanica

SKU: 9780544668683
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