Petronella Saves Nearly Everyone

The Entomological Tales of Augustus T. Percival

By Low, Dene

Publishers Summary:
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 . . .

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School Library Journal

Reviewed on October 1, 2009

Gr 7-9 Petronella Arbuthnot's coming-out birthday party in Edwardian London goes awry when her guardian, Uncle Augustus, accidentally swallows a beetle and two important guests are kidnapped. Teaming up with her friend Jane; Jane's brother, Lord James Sinclair; and Uncle Augustus, who is now obsessed with eating bugs of all kinds, the 16-year-old sets out to discover what happened to Dame Carruthers, an ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2009

In this Victorian-set Nancy-Mitford-meets-Jane-Austen-meets-Lemony-Snicket farce, sixteen-year-ol...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Junior Library Guild

Reviewed on July 1, 2009

In The Entomological Tales of Augustus T. Percival: Petronella Saves Nearly Everyone, high comedy meets political conspiracy when Petronella and Uncle Augustus become unwitting players in a Colombian plot to wrest ownership of the Panama Canal from Panama. Cleverly narrated by the plucky Petronella, the story unfolds in London at the turn of the twentieth century. Petronella eagerly anticipates her sixteenth-birthday celebration, where she hopes to attract the affections of her bosom friend’s older brother, James. However, her plans go pear-shaped...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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