Petronella Saves Nearly Everyone (Hardcover)

The Entomological Tales of Augustus T. Percival

By Dene Low

Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 9780547152509, 208pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2009

List Price: 16.00*
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You would think Petronella’s sixteenth birthday would be cause for celebration. After all, fashionable friends are arriving at her country estate near London, teas are being served, and her coming out party promises to be a resplendent affair. Everything is falling nicely into place, until, suddenly—it isn’t. For Petronella discovers that her guardian, Uncle Augustus T. Percival, has developed a most unVictorian compulsion: He must eat bugs. Worse still, because he is her guardian, Uncle Augustus is to attend her soiree and his current state will most definitely be an embarrassment.
During the festivities, when Petronella would much rather be sharing pleasantries with handsome Lord James Sinclair (swoon), important guests are disappearing, kidnapping notes are appearing, many of the clues are insects, and Uncle Augustus is surreptitiously devouring evidence. It’s more than one sixteen-year-old girl should have to deal with. But, truth be told, there is far more yet to come . . .

About the Author

Dene Low (her real name is Laura Card) lives in Utah; this is her first book.

Praise For Petronella Saves Nearly Everyone: The Entomological Tales of Augustus T. Percival

". . . evocative atmosphere of Victorian London, complete with swirling fog, garden parties, bobbies, carriages, and Scotland Yard. The ending hints that there are more Entomological tales to be told."--Booklist "This wonderful little gem is a wacky mix of Jane Austen, Sherlock Holmes and Jack Gantos at his bizarre best."-Booklist