I, Claudia

  • Interest Level: Grade 8 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 6

A 2019 Michael L. Printz Honor Book

Disaffected teen historian Claudia McCarthy never expected to be in charge of Imperial Day Academy, but by accident, design, or scheme, she is pulled into the tumultuous and high-profile world of the Senate and Honor Council. Suddenly, Claudia is wielding power over her fellow students that she never expected to have and isn’t sure she wants.

Claudia vows to use her power to help the school. But there are forces aligned against her: shocking scandals, tyrants waiting in the wings, and political dilemmas with no easy answers. As Claudia struggles to be a force for good in the universe, she wrestles with the question: does power inevitably corrupt?

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Interest Level Grade 8 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 6
Genre Young Adult
Category Diverse Books: Feminism, Diverse Books: #MeToo, Diverse Books: Physical Disability & Illness, Diversity, SEL: A Self-Awareness, SEL: B Self-Management, SEL: C Social Awareness, SEL: D Relationship Skills, SEL: E Responsible Decision-Making, Social Emotional Learning
Copyright 2018
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Lab ®
Language English
Number of Pages 424
Publication Date 2018-10-01
Text Type Fiction
BISACS YAF054000, YAF049000, YAF058260
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.5 x 8.25
Lexile 940
ATOS Reading Level 6.6
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 199075
Accelerated Reader® Points 17.0
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, Reviewed, Starred Reviews, and Teaching Guides

Author: Mary McCoy

Mary McCoy lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son. She works as a librarian at the Los Angeles Public Library. She is the author of Printz Honor Book I, Claudia.

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  • Michael L. Printz Honor Book, Commended, 2019
  • Westchester Fiction Award Honorable Mention, Commended, 2019
  • Children's Book Committee at the Bank Street Center for Children's Literature Best Children’s Books of the Year, Winner, 2019
  • Booklist Top 10 YA Books for Adults: 2018, Winner, 2018
  • Booklist Editor's Choice, Winner, 2018
  • Kirkus Best Teen Books of the Year, Winner, 2018



“Smart, witty, and featuring an unforgettable (and possibly unreliable) narrator, as well as a seamless stream of political history, the audience that finds this novel will be unable to put it down.”—starred, Booklist

School Library Journal

“A must-read for YA fans of political thrillers . . .”—School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“[A] gripping political thriller . . . about power, corruption, and the choices we make both for ourselves and the ones we love.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews

Anthony Breznican

Pretty Little Liars by way of ancient Rome—a wild, exciting ride, but full of caution about leadership run amok.”—Anthony Breznican, author of Brutal Youth

Gretchen McNeill

“With its addictive voice, inventive storytelling, and one of the most fascinating and original heroines I’ve ever met, I, Claudia captivated me from the very first page. I couldn’t put it down!”—Gretchen McNeil, author of Ten and #MurderTrending

Alison Umminger

“Prickly, smart, and laugh-out-loud funny I, Claudia‘s political emphasis couldn’t be more timely, nor her narrator more delightfully suspect. McCoy’s skillful weaving of history’s great manipulators into a decidedly contemporary setting is fun, memorable, and utterly original.”—Alison Umminger, author of American Girls: A Novel

Kate Hattemer

“What do imperial Rome and a contemporary L.A. prep school have in common? More than you might think. Laced with tumult and palace intrigue, I, Claudia pulls back the purple curtain for an inside look at the school’s patrician class. With psychological thrills, all-too-apt historical asides, and a witty, unforgettable narrator, I, Claudia is a smart and topical novel, an engrossing reminder that power corrupts.—Kate Hattemer, author of The Land of 10,000 Madonnas and The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy