An irrepressible orphan named Audacity Jones is headed on an adventure of historic proportions! The first book in a brand-new series from beloved Newbery Honor author Kirby Larson! Audacity Jones is an eleven-year-old orphan who aches for adventure, a challenge to break up the monotony of her life at Miss Maisie's School for Wayward Girls. Life as a wayward girl isn't so bad; Audie has the best of friends, a clever cat companion, and plenty of books to read. Still, she longs for some excitement, like the characters in the novels she so loves encounter. So when the mysterious Commodore Crutchfield visits the school and whisks Audie off to Washington, DC, she knows she's in for the journey of a lifetime. But soon, it becomes clear that the Commodore has unsavory plans for Audie--plans that involve the president of the United States and a sinister kidnapping plot. Before she knows it, Audie winds up in the White House kitchens, where she's determined to stop the Commodore dead in his tracks. Can Audie save the day before it's too late?
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"Eleven-year-old Audacity Jones is the star of a new mystery series for the tween set. When Commodore Crutchfield arrives at Miss Masie's Home for Wayward Girls looking for an orphan to aid him in a secret mission, Audie becomes his unwitting accomplice. Narrator Lyssa Browne uses accents, pacing, and tone to give the large cast of characters life. She's especially effective with the Southern accent she gives the bombastic Crutchfield; the pretend English accent of his diabolical partner, Mrs. Finch; and the French accent of Beatrice. Audie comes across as a clever, observant girl who loves adventure and is resourceful enough to meet any challenge. An author's note at the end verifies the facts in this historical fiction. N.E.M. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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