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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 fathe
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Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Expected publication: April 6th 2021 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
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Lorelei Savaryn
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is such a beautiful story- both I and my daughter adored it!

The Gilded Girl was everything I hoped for and more from debut author Alyssa Colman. She seamlessly weaves together historical details and a delightful magical system to create a world popping with color and life. Nods to the source material, A Little Princess, provide cozy comfort in a story that also feels incredibly fresh. This book left my heart as warm and full as the magic inside Emma and Izzy as they make their plans, prepa
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Lorelei Savaryn
Sep 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Gilded Girl was everything I hoped for and more from debut author Alyssa Colman. She seamlessly weaves together historical details and a delightful magical system to create a world popping with color and life. Nods to the source material, A Little Princess, provide cozy comfort in a story that also feels incredibly fresh. This book left my heart as warm and full as the magic inside Emma and Izzy as they make their plans, preparing for the night the kindling winds begin to blow.
Kathie
Oct 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Edelweiss+ and the publisher for an eARC of this book.

Although I've never read The Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett, the classic story that inspired The Gilded Girl, I was intrigued to start with reading a modern day reimagining of it. I read Eva Evergreen, Semi-Magical Witch by Julie Abe before I read its inspiration, Kiki's Delivery Service by Eiko Kadono, and enjoyed comparing the original to it rather than the other way around. I thought I'd try something similar with
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Kate
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This glorious book!

Take one of my favorite stories in the history of stories - A Little Princess - and retell it with magic, and you have THE GILDED GIRL.

And it is so very magical. Doorknockers that bloom. Flaming fireplace lizards to heat buildings. Children who burst into flames when the winter winds blow just right, letting them know it's time for them to kindle their magic.

Emma and Izzy are delightfully realized protagonists, and Miss Posterity is a perfect villain. The setting - turn of t
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Cassie
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you, NetGalley, for allowing me to read an arc of the delightfully charming, The Gilded Girl by debut author Alyssa Colman. The magical elements of the story made me feel like I looked through a stain-glass window despite the dreary yet historically accurate circumstances happening outside of Miss Posterity's Academy. I loved the way Colman honestly depicted the harsh times of New York' City's history with references to the stout differences between wealth and poverty, including hints at a ...more
Nicole Lesperance
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A Little Princess was one of my very favorite books as a kid, so this book had some big shoes to fill, but it more than surpassed my expectations!! This is such a clever, magical reimagining of Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic story, done in a way that keeps the old-fashioned tone of the story but also brings in all kinds of cool elements that today's young readers will love. The magic was delightfully crafted, both dangerous and dazzling. I adored the worldbuilding, especially the magical scho ...more
Alley W.
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Gilded Girl is an endearing story about two girls named Emma and Izzy and their goal of trying to kindle before time runs out. Emma grew up a privilege life while Izzy struggled just to feed herself. But when Emma finds herself without friends, family or home, Izzy becomes the friend she needed all along. This is a modern day book similar to the Little Princess with a magical twist. Only the privileged select in society are allowed to retain their magical abilities through a kindling ceremon ...more
Sam Subity
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Gilded Girl is a charming retelling of the classic A Little Princess. Set in an alternate turn-of-the-20th-century New York City where magic is a reality but only allowed to the upper class, it's the story of two 12yos overcoming their circumstances in order to change not just their own lives but those of everyone whose magic is snuffed out at the age of 12 just because they're not wealthy enough. It's filled with creative elements that kids will love like a school of magic where the rooms s ...more
Joanne
Sep 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a delightful tale! Even if you're not familiar with A Little Princess, you'll still enjoy this gorgeously-written, fast-paced story of Emma and Izzy, who are hoping to kindle their magic before it snuffs out. The author has created a fully-realized magical world, with clever details, the perfect villain, loyal friends, and social commentaries that are timely today. Plus, BEST. OPENING. LINE. EVER!

Grateful to read an e-arc of this beautiful novel!
Soup
Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Charming and heartfelt fantasy story that combines elements of A Little Princess with magic and progressive politics. Given the conclusion of the novel I assume this will not be a series, but I would happily seek out more works by this author. Also, I totally want my own house dragon now!
Lisa Riddiough
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
NYC in 1906, friendship, finishing school, social justice, an evil headmistress, magic, and a house dragon? Yes, please! What a lovely debut!
The Daydreamologist
Oct 01, 2020 marked it as to-read
MG covers are so magical and pretty.
Kate Foster
Oct 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely stunning! I loved this book so so much. It's gloriously magical with the most perfect characters and satisfying storyline. I highly recommend!
Alysa
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to read an arc of Alyssa Colman's debut novel, The Gilded Girl which I completely and utterly loved.

Set in an alternate New York City during the gilded age, THE GILDED GIRL is a magical reimagining of The Little Princess. When 12 yo Emma Harris is enrolled in Miss Posterity's Academy for Practical Magic, NY's most elite Kindling School, she has the brightest future to look forward to. While she doesn't want to leave her beloved father for the year, she understands the importan
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Sam Taylor
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this debut MG fantasy--think a retelling of The Little Princess, with magic! Adored the alternative world of an NYC and America where some of the greatest architectural and technological advances were achieved through magic. Izzy and Emma are delightful characters to root for, seemingly so different in their goals and perspectives... and yet, not. And the descriptions of the Kindling ceremony, where a young person's magic comes to life, are marvelous. Young readers will love thi ...more
Shakirah Bourne
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Gilded Girl beautifully combines fantasy, history and two little girls who come from two different worlds but need each other to survive. With clever and entertaining worldbuilding, it was a joy to see their friendship blossom and watch them realize that wealth doesn’t define someone’s character. I am already looking forward to Emma and Izzy’s other magical adventures in the next book. I highly recommend it!
Jessica Vitalis
Jul 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Every once in awhile, a story comes along that makes you wish you'd thought of the idea. This is one of those stories for me; the A LITTLE PRINCESS retelling (without the problematic aspects plus magic) will captivate you from the very first page. Written in a dual POV, you'll be rooting for both characters (and their charming entourage) until the very end.
Karina Evans
Apr 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to read an ARC of THE GILDED GIRL!

This is SUCH a lovely story. The world building is master class and will completely drop you into a magical, old NYC. Charming characters that you root for! #femalefriendships

I can see kids giving their cats a suspicious side-eye after reading this magic-infused book!
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