All Petronella wants is for her sixteenth birthday luncheon, marking her debut in society, to be a success; but things go awry right from the start when her uncle Augustus, discovers a fondness for entomography (bug-eating). Circumstances grow steadily worse when two important guests, Dame Carruthers and Generalisimo Reyes-Cardoza (a Panamanian dignitary) are kidnapped and held for ransom. It's just plain bad luck when Petronella's fortune-hunting relatives descend in the hopes of proving Uncle Augustus an unfit guardian. With the help of best friend Jane and her delectable older brother James, Petronella is determined to foil the kidnappers nefarious schemes, thwart the affections of annoying and penniless Georgie Grimsley, and keep her money hungry relatives at bay while sussing out a cure Uncle Augustus's newly acquired appetite.
PETRONELLE SAVES NEARLY EVERYONE is a delightful, Austen-esque comedy of errors in set in Victorian England with a generous helping of mystery, mischief and insects. Petronella is a clever, engaging heroine suited to her era, yet retains enough independence and gumption to appeal to modern teens.
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