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?
|Grade 8 - Grade 12
|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
|Lerner Publishing Group
|Carolrhoda Lab ®
|Number of Pages
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
- Westchester Fiction Award Honorable Mention
- Children's Book Committee at the Bank Street Center for Children's Literature Best Children’s Books of the Year
- Booklist Top 10 YA Books for Adults: 2018
- Booklist Editor's Choice
- Kirkus Best Teen Books of the Year
“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
“A must-read for YA fans of political thrillers . . .”—School Library Journal
“[A] gripping political thriller . . . about power, corruption, and the choices we make both for ourselves and the ones we love.”—starred, Kirkus Reviews
“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
“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
“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
“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