Mechanica Reviewed by Children's Books for Parents on April 5.

Nicolette???s awful stepsisters call her ???Mechanica??? to demean her, but the nickname fits: she learned to be an inventor at her mother???s knee. Her mom is gone now, though, and the Steps have pushed her into a life of dreary servitude. When she discovers a secret workshop in the cellar on her sixteenth birthday???and befriends … Continue reading

Nicolette???s awful stepsisters call her ???Mechanica??? to demean her, but the nickname fits: she learned to be an inventor at her mother???s knee. Her mom is gone now, though, and the Steps have pushed her into a life of dreary servitude. When she discovers a secret workshop in the cellar on her sixteenth birthday???and befriends Jules, a tiny magical metal horse???Nicolette starts to imagine a new life for herself. And the timing may be perfect: There???s a technological exposition and a royal ball on the horizon. Determined to invent her own happily-ever-after, Mechanica seeks to wow the prince and eager entrepreneurs alike.

Mechanica

By: Betsy Cornwell
Publisher: Clarion Books
Nicolette???s awful stepsisters call her ???Mechanica??? to demean her, but the nickname fits: she learned to be an inventor at her mother???s knee. Her mom is gone now, though, and the Steps have pushed her into a life of dreary servitude. When she discovers a secret workshop in the cellar on her sixteenth birthday???and befriends Jules, a tiny magical metal horse???Nicolette starts to imagine a new life for herself. And the timing may be perfect: There???s a technological exposition and a royal ball on the horizon. Determined to invent her own happily-ever-after, Mechanica seeks to wow the prince and eager entrepreneurs alike.
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