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A Mad, Wicked Folly

Sharon Biggs Waller


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In 1909 London, as the world of debutante balls and high society obligations closes in around her, seventeen-year-old Victoria must figure out just how much is she willing to sacrifice to pursue her dream of becoming an artist.
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  • Hardcover
    $21.85
ISBN: 9780670014682
ANNOTATION:
In 1909 London, as the world of debutante balls and high society obligations closes in around her, seventeen-year-old Victoria must figure out just how much is she willing to sacrifice to pursue her dream of becoming an artist.

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In 1909 London, as the world of debutante balls and high society obligations closes in around her, seventeen-year-old Victoria must figure out just how much is she willing to sacrifice to pursue her dream of becoming an artist.

Publisher Description

Welcome to the world of the fabulously wealthy in London, 1909, where dresses and houses are overwhelmingly opulent, social class means everything, and women are taught to be nothing more than wives and mothers. Into this world comes seventeen-year-old Victoria Darling, who wants only to be an artist-a nearly impossible dream for a girl.

After Vicky poses nude for her illicit art class, she is expelled from her French finishing school. Shamed and scandalized, her parents try to marry her off to the wealthy Edmund Carrick-Humphrey. But Vicky has other things on her mind- her clandestine application to the Royal College of Art; her participation in the suffragette movement; and her growing attraction to a working-class boy who may be her muse-or may be the love of her life. As the world of debutante balls, corsets, and high society obligations closes in around her, Vicky must figure out- just how much is she willing to sacrifice to pursue her dreams?

Author Biography

Sharon Biggs Waller moved to England in 2000, where she worked as a riding instructor at the Royal Mews in Buckingham Palace and as a freelance magazine writer. These days she is a dressage rider and trainer and lives on a ten-acre sustainable farm in Northwest Indiana with her British husband, Mark. She is the author of three non-fiction books, as well as the YA novel A Mad, Wicked Folly.

Review

"An enjoyable historical romp."--"Kirkus Reviews"--Kirkus Reviews "An enjoyable historical romp."--"Kirkus Reviews" "[A] compelling coming-of-age tale that's as good as any British period drama. . . . The Edwardian world here is so immersive and Vicky so likable that readers will want to put on the kettle on and settle in for a lovely read."--"The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books" "Waller's intriguingly sympathetic characters, effortless and effective blend of history and romance, passion for her subject, and swift-paced plot make her a new YA voice to watch."--"Booklist," starred review "This book is outstanding historical fiction. Readers will become immersed in the story and admire Vicky's commitment and risk-taking."--"Library Media Connections," starred review "At equal turns humorous and heartbreaking. . . . A must-have first purchase."--School Library Journal, starred review "Waller's intriguingly sympathetic characters, effortless and effective blend of history and romance, passion for her subject, and swift-paced plot make her a new YA voice to watch."--Booklist, starred review

"[A] compelling coming-of-age tale that's as good as any British period drama. . . . The Edwardian world here is so immersive and Vicky so likable that readers will want to put on the kettle on and settle in for a lovely read."--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"An enjoyable historical romp."--Kirkus Reviews

Selected for the American Library Association's 2015 Amelia Bloomer Project List.

Selected for the Young Adult Library Services Association's 2015 Best Fiction for Young Adults List.

Selected for Booklist's Top Ten Historical Fiction for Youth.

Seclected for Booklist's Top Ten Romance Fiction for Youth. "This historical romance, set in 1909 London, has all the elements dear to readers of the genre, especially forbidden love, but the feminist tone and art-history focus add an edge."

Selected for Booklist's Top Ten First Novels for Youth. "Waller's intriguing characters and effortless blend of history and romance make her a new YA voice to watch."

  • "This book is outstanding historical fiction. Readers will become immersed in the story and admire Vicky's commitment and risk-taking."--Library Media Connections, starred review Nominated for the American Library Association's 2015 Amelia Bloomer Project List. Nominated for the Young Adult Library Services Association's 2015 Best Fiction for Young Adults List. Selected for "Booklist"'s Top Ten Historical Fiction for Youth. Seclected for "Booklist"'s Top Ten Romance Fiction for Youth. "This historical romance, set in 1909 London, has all the elements dear to readers of the genre, especially forbidden love, but the feminist tone and art-history focus add an edge." Selected for "Booklist"'s Top Ten First Novels for Youth. "Waller's intriguing characters and effortless blend of history and romance make her a new YA voice to watch."

Prizes

Short-listed for Green Mountain Book Award 2016

Review Quote

"An enjoyable historical romp."-- Kirkus Reviews

Promotional "Headline"

Welcome to the world of the fabulously wealthy in London, 1909, where dresses and houses are overwhelmingly opulent, social class means everything, and women are taught to be nothing more than wives and mothers.

Excerpt from Book

With Will next to me, the fog no longer seemed ominous; instead, it felt peaceful. The fog blotted out the surroundings and any passersby, making it feel as though we were the only people about. "So you believe in votes for women?" I asked as we walked. "I don't see the point in denying half the population the right to vote." He shook his head. "It's daft. So yes, the suffragists have my sympathies. I can't work out which side you're on, though." "With the women, of course." "But you don't fight with them?" He looked at me, his eyes questioning. "I'm going to help them with the artwork. I'm not the fighting type." I twirled my beret around my hand. He grinned. "And an artist can't fight?"

Product Details

Author
Sharon Biggs Waller
Short Title
MAD WICKED FOLLY
Language
English
ISBN-10
0670014680
ISBN-13
9780670014682
Media
Book
Format
Hardcover
Audience Age
13-17
Publisher
Viking Children's Books
Pages
431
Year
2004
Publication Date
2004-03-14
Country of Publication
United States
Audience
Children/Juvenile