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Heartfelt, fast-paced, and utterly absorbing, The Gilded Girl is Alyssa Colman’s sparkling debut novel about determination, spirit, and the magic of friendship.

Any child can spark magic, but only the elite are allowed to kindle it. Those denied access to the secrets of the kindling ritual will see their magic snuffed out before their thirteenth birthday.

Miss Posterity’s Academy for Practical Magic is the best kindling school in New York City―and wealthy twelve-year-old Emma Harris is accustomed to the best. But when her father dies, leaving her penniless, Emma is reduced to working off her debts to Miss Posterity alongside Izzy, a daring servant girl who refuses to let her magic be snuffed out, even if society dictates she must. Emma and Izzy reluctantly form a pact: If Izzy teaches Emma how to survive as a servant, Emma will reveal to Izzy what she knows about magic.

Along the way, they encounter quizzes that literally pop, shy libraries, and talking cats (that is, house dragons). But when another student’s kindling goes horribly wrong, revealing the fiery dangers of magic, Emma and Izzy must set aside their differences or risk their magic being snuffed out forever.

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A thoughtful and imaginative exploration of friendship, internal change, and perseverance told in alternating voices and anchored in an enticingly crafted alternate turn-of-the-century New York.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Holds a lot of appeal for magic-loving readers. . .Fast-paced and warmhearted with a satisfying conclusion.” ―Kirkus Reviews

Readers familiar with Frances Hodgson Burnett’s A Little Princess will recognize the riches-to-rags plot, and the earnest personal growth for both Emma and Izzy and triumphant ending make for a cozy read . . . Readers will take to heart the strong emphasis on personal worth regardless of circumstance.” ―Bulletin of the Center for Children''s Books

“[An] entertaining fantasy . . . a delightfully Dickensian feel.” ―The Buffalo News

“Sweet and magical. Will kindle the imagination!” ―Melissa de la Cruz, author of The Descendants series

“When I turned the last page, the first word that came to mind was wow, followed quickly by fabulous, fresh, fast-paced and fun. This book is pure magic.”―Barbara O’Connor, New York Times–bestselling author of Wish

“An irresistible story that celebrates the magic of friendship, kids’ power to change the world, and the benefits of having an excellent cat on your side. Timely, engrossing, and delightful.” ―Anne Ursu, author of The Lost Girl

“The Gilded Girl is a spellbinding adventure through turn-of-the-century New York City complete with house dragons, disappearing rooms, and magic that longs to burn free. This charming, magical story about trust, hope, equality, and the active pursuit of systemic change feels perfectly relevant right now.” ―Josephine Cameron, author of Maybe a Mermaid and A Dog-Friendly Town

About the Author

Alyssa Colman won the 2013 Primary Stages ESPA new play competition and was a semifinalist at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center National Playwrights Conference. She has participated as both a mentee and mentor in the Author Mentor Match program and is a member of SCBWI. Alyssa now lives in Los Angeles, where she enjoys making a mess in her kitchen and hiking with her family.

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A Magical Read
Reviewed in the United States on April 8, 2021
A beautiful story of magic and friendship loosely based on A Little Princess. Emma and Izzy are two young girls that are different, yet you find yourself rooting for both of them. I loved the magical world that Alyssa Colman has built as her setting, from the larger premise... See more
A beautiful story of magic and friendship loosely based on A Little Princess. Emma and Izzy are two young girls that are different, yet you find yourself rooting for both of them. I loved the magical world that Alyssa Colman has built as her setting, from the larger premise of winter winds kindling magic to the smaller details of blooming door knockers and hidden spaces between shifting rooms. Most importantly, I love the themes about society, wealth, and class, and inner worth. Definitely recommend for high elementary or middle grade readers who enjoy stories about friendship and magic!
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Cute story, but just read A Little Princess (the original) instead
Reviewed in the United States on April 27, 2021
If you or the child for whom you''re considering buying this book *hasn''t* read A Little Princess by Frances Hodgkin Burnett, please, please, please go buy it and do so immediately, especially before reading The Gilded Girl.... See more
If you or the child for whom you''re considering buying this book *hasn''t* read A Little Princess by Frances Hodgkin Burnett, please, please, please go buy it and do so immediately, especially before reading The Gilded Girl. https://www.amazon.com/Little-Princess-Puffin-Bloom/dp/0147513995/ref=sr_1_4?dchild=1&keywords=a+little+princess&qid=1619570135&s=books&sr=1-4.

If you or the child has read ALP and enjoyed it, well, you''ll probably also enjoy The Gilded Girl (especially any little girls going through a "magic" phase), but I think you might just as well reread ALP, which has a deeper story, better writing/vocabulary, and a more fleshed-out main character.

Don''t get me wrong, The Gilded Girl was enjoyable, and both main characters, Emma and Izzy, were very likeable. I also really appreciated that The Gilded Girl very directly addresses the social inequities of the time period and gives the servant girl character a voice and a main character role. This was something new it brought to the table compared to A Little Princess. I think it''s worth a read for kiddos for that reason alone.

Unfortunately, aside from "oooh magic," this was really the only new thing it brought to the table (I thought that the other boarding school characters in particular were copy and pasted straight from ALP.) I feel a little bad to constantly compare this book to ALP, but when you *closely* adapt a pre-existing story, that''s sorta the standard you''re working against.) Overall I would recommend it, though, as a fun light read.

One aspect of the end did REALLY bother me, however.
~ spoiler below ~

It drives me absolutely bonkers that this was YET ANOTHER adaptation of A Little Princess (movies, books, etc) in which the main girl''s father is not actually dead (he is actually, really and truly dead in the original story). To be completely fair to The Gilded Girl, I might not be bothered so much if I hadn''t been previously disappointed by multiple other adaptations. But I do think it''s a plot change that cheapens the story as well as the suffering Emma overcomes throughout the book.
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Annette
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A magical delight to read, from start to finish!
Reviewed in the United States on April 11, 2021
A charming tale, inspired by THE LITTLE PRINCESS, with lyrical and gorgeous writing by Alyssa Colman. Colman creates a vivid world, aligned with 1906 New York City -- with some literal magic. A delight to read, the dual narratives of Izzy and Emma will have... See more
A charming tale, inspired by THE LITTLE PRINCESS, with lyrical and gorgeous writing by Alyssa Colman.

Colman creates a vivid world, aligned with 1906 New York City -- with some literal magic. A delight to read, the dual narratives of Izzy and Emma will have readers finding parts of themselves in each character. I only wish that this version was around when I was younger.

I look forward to purchasing more copies for Middle Grade readers in my life!
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Louis Jennings
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A great story with a juicy villain
Reviewed in the United States on June 12, 2021
I love a juicy villain. And Alyssa Colman’s Miss Posterity, of Miss Posterity’s Academy for Practical Magic, makes Gilded Girl a delicious read. And ahhhh, trying to figure out how that villain will get her comeuppance made me want to savor every word. Gilded Girl is told... See more
I love a juicy villain. And Alyssa Colman’s Miss Posterity, of Miss Posterity’s Academy for Practical Magic, makes Gilded Girl a delicious read. And ahhhh, trying to figure out how that villain will get her comeuppance made me want to savor every word. Gilded Girl is told in two voices. First there’s Izzy, the poor girl who is a scullery maid at Miss Posterity’s Academy, who still has magic and longs to kindle it at a kindling ceremony so she can escape poverty and servitude. And then there’s Emma, the rich girl who comes to Miss Posterity’s sure that she will have her kindling ceremony to receive the magic she so deserves because of her father’s social and financial standing.
Emma is a good soul. She is empathetic and kind, but grateful to have all that life has given her. But when life throws both girls together, the duo sets out to turn all norms of Colman’s beautifully crafted world on their head. Absolutely delicious.
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Whitney Vendt
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Rich worldbuilding and historical details, fun story
Reviewed in the United States on April 30, 2021
Absolutely devoured this middle grade novel! The characters felt very real, and the magic was expertly woven into the worldbuilding. Loved the newsie that shows up! The larger social movements happening in the city outside the school felt very relevant to today''s... See more
Absolutely devoured this middle grade novel! The characters felt very real, and the magic was expertly woven into the worldbuilding. Loved the newsie that shows up! The larger social movements happening in the city outside the school felt very relevant to today''s wealth/poor dynamic. Takes the Little Princess story to a whole new level. Book is marketed as middle grade, but I enjoyed it as an adult, and recommend it for the whole family.
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Great story
Reviewed in the United States on May 20, 2021
This book is a great combination of The Little Princess and Magic. Well written, fun read. I highly recommend it.
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William
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A charming, heart-warming story about how magical childhood can be.
Reviewed in the United States on May 4, 2021
The world deserves more stories that showcase the magic of friendship as triumphantly as The Gilded Girl. If you''re a fan of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic tale, A Little Princess, Alyssa Colman''s debut novel is a must read.
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Katherine Kline
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Magical book
Reviewed in the United States on May 13, 2021
The Gilded Girl hooked me within the first few pages. I just finished it and wish there was more. Loved the beautiful narration, characters, and magic. It really transported me to another place, a magical place and provided solid lessons about integrity, friendship and what... See more
The Gilded Girl hooked me within the first few pages. I just finished it and wish there was more. Loved the beautiful narration, characters, and magic. It really transported me to another place, a magical place and provided solid lessons about integrity, friendship and what is important in life. I highly recommend it!!!
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Author Q&A

What was your inspiration for The Gilded Girl?

As a child, I was captivated by Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic tale, A Little Princess. I read passages as monologues in theater class and watched the film over and over. I would often make believe that I was Sara Crewe and try to remain as kind as my favorite heroine. As an adult, I realized that Sara was too perfect. She was an impossible standard to which I had been trying to hold myself. Frankly, Sara would have been excruciating to have as a peer because she did everything flawlessly. This realization sparked the idea for this novel and the voice of Izzy.

In writing this novel, it was important to me that Izzy and Emma keep Sara's kind spirit but also have faults and make mistakes. The Gilded Girl features strong girls who ask big questions about inequities in the world, get in trouble, burn things with their magic, and learn that sometimes being strong means asking for help. Oh yes, and there are talking cats that are secretly house dragons.

Tell us about Emma and Izzy, the two young girls at the center of The Gilded Girl.

Shy Emma struggles to use her magic but can afford the education to kindle it and give it lasting power. Clever Izzy is naturally talented but, as a servant, she’s forbidden from kindling and her magic will snuff before she turns thirteen. The girls’ worlds collide when Emma loses her fortune and becomes a servant alongside Izzy. Together, they plan to secretly kindle their magic.

What do you hope readers take away from The Gilded Girl?

I hope that readers leave this book with their hearts warmed and their minds energized. The story takes place in a magical Gilded Age New York City and yet it feels very current. The book touches on topics of class, perseverance, friendship, and internal change, but at its heart, it’s a fun story about two unlikely friends who learn that everyone is worthy of magic. I hope you enjoy it.

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