Wrapped

Wrapped

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Agnes Wilkins is standing in front of an Egyptian mummy, about to make the first cut into the wrappings, about to unlock ancient (and not-so-ancient) history.

Maybe you think this girl is wearing a pith helmet with antique dust swirling around her.

Maybe you think she is a young Egyptologist who has arrived in Cairo on camelback.

Maybe she would like to think that too. Agnes Wilkins dreams of adventures that reach beyond the garden walls, but reality for a seventeen-year-old debutante in 1815 London does not allow for camels--or dust, even. No, Agnes can only see a mummy when she is wearing a new silk gown and standing on the verdant lawns of Lord Showalter's estate, with chaperones fussing about and strolling sitar players straining to create an exotic "atmosphere" for the first party of the season. An unwrapping.

This is the start of it all, Agnes's debut season, the pretty girl parade that offers only ever-shrinking options: home, husband, and high society. It's also the start of something else, because the mummy Agnes unwraps isn't just a mummy. It's a host for a secret that could unravel a new destiny--unleashing mystery, an international intrigue, and possibly a curse in the bargain.

Get wrapped up in the adventure . . . but keep your wits about you, dear Agnes.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 168 x 216 x 27mm | 404g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 1416990070
  • 9781416990079
  • 890,675

Review quote

Austen fans who wish her characters would get up off their settees and risk an adventure will enjoy Bradbury's smart, feisty heroine. Kirkus Reviews
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About Jennifer Bradbury

Jennifer Bradbury is the author of the middle grade novel River Runs Deep and of several critically acclaimed young adult novels, including A Moment Comes, Wrapped, and her debut, Shift--which Kirkus Reviews called "fresh, absorbing, compelling" in a starred review. Shift was picked as an ALA and a School Library Journal Best Book for Young Adults and is also on numerous state reading lists. A rock climber herself, she is also a teacher in Burlington, Washington, where she lives with her family.
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2,783 ratings
3.6 out of 5 stars
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4 33% (913)
3 33% (909)
2 10% (270)
1 3% (89)

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Age Level: 7th Grade and above; 12 years old and up It is June, 1815 in London. Our unconventional protagonist is Agnes Wilkins - 17 years old, who speaks 10 languages, and is making her debut, albeit a bit unwillingly. She's also an avid fan of the novels of A Lady (Jane Austen's pen name) and would love to find her own Mr. Darcy, even though her parents would be wholly disapproving. When getting ready for one's debut, part of the preparation beforehand is to attend a few select parties, and the first one she is to attend is at the home of Lord Thomas Showalter, one of the most eligible bachelors in town. When she gets there, she finds out that it is an "unwrapping" party, where guests "unwrap" an Egyptian mummy to find the relics and treasures often wrapped with the body. When it is Agnes' hesitant turn, by the time she actually musters up the nerve to unwrap her portion, everyone's attention is taken by Lord Showalter's explanation of a previously unwrapped treasure. Rather than sharing her find, something makes her tuck the jackal's head into her bodice. The unwrapping is abruptly terminated by a message that advises Lord Showalter that the wrong mummy was delivered - THIS mummy is important. Agnes finds herself followed on her breakaway walk in the garden, and, having successfully eluded her would-be attacker, when the party breaks up, the attacker is found dead hanging out of one of the carriages in front of the house. Soon, other people who attended the party are being attacked and burglarized, and, with the help of hew new friend Caedmon who works at the British Museum where the mummies end up, Agnes determines to find out the who, why, and what of it. On the way, she finds herself eluding Lord Showalter (who wants someone to declare their intention for her when she hasn't even had a chance to officially debut and meet other suitors?), sneaking out her house in the middle of the night, dressing as a boy, and insisting to her romantic French lady's maid Clarisse that is ISN'T a love affair that she's slipping about for. This novel has a rather slow start in the first half, but somewhere in the second half, it becomes "that" book - the one that you can't read quickly enough to find out what's going to happen next. The ending is fantastic, and leaves enough room for a great sequel. These are the types of adventures I loved to read when I was younger (and still do). If you can have a little patience with the slow start knowing that it will pay off later, pick this one up (for yourself, or for the YA reader in your house). QUOTE (from a galley; may be different in final copy): I felt it unwise to point out that a horde of London's wealthiest and most fashionable citizens preparing to pillage a centuries-old Egyption mummy like a Christmas pudding was perhaps as far from the real world as I could imagine. Parents: You can feel good about your middle reader reading this one. There's a hint of romance, and a small amount of referenced violence, but a lot less than watching Roadrunner and Wiley Coyote cartoons. Read Chapter 1 Book Rating: 4 out of 5 starsshow more
by Julie Smith
I was initially drawn to Wrapped by the cover (drawn, get it? Oh... ok...) - it's definitely eye-catching and different from other titles I've seen on bookshelves (or Amazon) recently! Girl i beautiful dress, oriental-styled wallpaper, and... a mummy? Nice. Intriguing. Definitely something worth picking up, in my opinion. Happily, this did prove to be the case. Agnes Wilkins is a good heroine; she has the scholarly "I can learn it if I try!" attitude of Jane Eyre, the "You're a man, yes, but hah - I am a woman and my speech will prove just how good a thing that is!" bearing of Lizzy Bennet, and something else quite her own that I can't put my finger on. In other words, Agnes is very believable as a 17 year-old debutante in the London of 1815: she might not be the typical debutante, with her 10 languages (slightly excessive, even for the most accomplished young lady!) and largely uncontrollable hair, but she seems true enough to what readers of Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters will expect and enjoy in a heroine. The historical accuracy is mentioned in Jennifer's author's note - and she makes a good case for the slight liberties taken. I'm by no means a history buff when it comes to the early 19th century (nor, actually, to any one of the Egyptian dynasties!) but perhaps my love of history (550AD-1550AD) did speed me through the pages! The British Museum, Egyptian curses, Napoleon and Wellington waging tidal warfare, spies, and debutante dress-fittings mix together seamlessly in this page-turner. Recommendation: If you've read and loved Philip Pullman's Sally Lockhart mysteries, then this may be right up your street. My feeling is that the intended audience for Wrapped in younger (it's more chaste than Pride and Prejudice - no Wickham-esque cad whisks unsuspecting ladies to London or Ramsgate!) but the enterprising quick-wittedness of posh-but-sensible Sally and poor-but-clever Jim mirrors the relationship between Agnes and Caedmon marvellously! Rating: 4/5 Sidenote - I loved the use of the name Caedmon just for making me think of the Anglo-Saxon poet! Not enough YA books end up with me nodding sagely about Old English poetry. Also, the mere mention of using knitting needles as deadly weapons always delights me slightly too much as an idea!show more
by Beth
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