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Fans of Mary Poppins will love this whimsical tale of a boarding school for children of very busy parents, where an extraordinary headmistress teaches them life lessons about courage, adventure, friendship . . . and the importance of birthday cake.
Nestled inside a lighthouse, Great Rapscott School for the Daughters of Busy Parents takes its motto from Amelia Earhart: Adventure is worthwhile in itself. Headmistress Ms. Rapscott couldn’t agree more, but her students, who are shipped to the school in boxes, could use a little convincing. Still, despite their initial reluctance, the students are soon soaring through the sky and getting lost on purpose. In addition to learning what birthday cakes are and how best to approach a bumbershoot tree, the students also manage to learn a little something about strength and bravery.
Bestselling author Elise Primavera has created an irresistible story about finding your way.
About the Author
Elise Primavera has been writing and illustrating children's books for more than twenty-five years. She has received numerous awards for her work and in 2004 was asked to illustrate the Christmas Brochure for the White House. Her bestselling book AUNTIE CLAUS has sold over half a million copies and is in active development for a feature length animated movie. Elise wrote her first novel the popular SECRET ORDER OF THE GUMM STREET GIRLS in 2006. Her second illustrated novel LIBBY OF HIGH HOPES, arrived in 2012. Her latest book MS. RAPSCOTT'S GIRLS, also an illustrated middle grade novel, will be out in January 2015. For more information visit www.eliseprimavera.com
Praise for Ms. Rapscott's Girls:
*"Amusing reading with some life lessons slipped in the cracks. Almost best of all are Primavera’s fanciful pencil illustrations, featuring two of the most delightful (if silent) of the book’s characters, Lewis and Clark, turtle-necked corgis that efficiently manage the girls and their hairraising adventures. An invigorating romp with more adventures on the horizon."--Booklist, starred review
"Quirky and imaginative, aimed at middle-graders who like their fiction with a twist." -Kirkus Reviews
"Blends artful drawings with a whimsical story line . . . the plot unfolds nicely. The story is unpredictably unique."--School Library Journal
"Fans of Mrs. Piggle Wiggle will enjoy the feisty nature of this novel. Double-page illustrations are a spectacular accompaniment to the smooth narration. A sequel is just begging to be written!"--School Library Connection
"In this breezy novel, Primavera evokes the spirit of such larger-than-life characters as Willy Wonka and Mary Poppins with Ms. Rapscott, the mysterious, take-charge, and oddly nurturing headmistress of the Great Rapscott School for Girls of Busy Parents. In a sequence of wordless pencil illustrations à la The Invention of Hugo Cabret . . .Primavera charmingly depicts the girls' activities in her soft pencil artwork, and a neat resolution and the suggestion of a new school term will leave readers eager for another outing."--Publishers Weekly