Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters (Hardcover)

By Lesley M. M. Blume

Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 9780375835230, 264pp.

Publication Date: July 11, 2006



Eleven-year-old Cornelia is the daughter of two world-famous pianists--a legacy that should feel fabulous, but instead feels just plain lonely. She surrounds herself with dictionaries and other books to isolate herself from the outside world. But when a glamorous neighbor named Virginia Somerset moves next door with her servant Patel and a mischievous French bulldog named Mister Kinyatta, Cornelia discovers that the world is a much more exciting place than she had originally thought.
An unforgettable story of friendship and adventure that takes readers around the world and back again, Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters is a dazzling first novel by Lesley M. M. Blume.

About the Author

Lesley M. M. Blume worked as an off-air reporter and researcher for ABC News' Nightline and has traveled extensively in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. She lives in the labyrinthine West Village with her boyfriend and her black French bulldog.