Set in 1890 England, the students of St. Etheldreda’s School for Girls face a bothersome dilemma. Their irascible headmistress, Mrs. Plackett, and her surly brother, Mr. Godding, have been most inconveniently poisoned at Sunday dinner.
Pocked Louise suspects poison, but it’s Smooth Kitty, egged on by Disgraceful Mary Jane, who proposes running the school with Stout Alice disguised as the headmistress. A back-garden burial inaugurates their freedom from adult rule, but pesky neighbors, inconvenient suitors, and a murderer who may strike again threaten to topple their audacious scheme—unless these seven very proper young ladies can hide the murders and convince their neighbors that nothing is wrong.
2014 Whitney Award Winner for Best Youth Novel of the Year.
2014 AML Award Winner for Best Middle Grade Novel.
Author: Julie Berry
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (Macmillan)
Release Date: September 23, 2014
Formats: 368 pages, hardcover; e-book
Genre: Middle Grade Mystery