Author: Jordan Stratford
RU Level: 6
Did you know that the world's first computer programmer and the world's first science-fiction author were women? Can you imagine if they joined forces, as girls, to form a detective agency? The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency has its first case when Ada Byron and Mary Shelley hunt for a stolen Turkish moonstone. In a time when girls access to outside world of London was limited, these clever girls enlist the help of a young Charles Dickens, visit Newgate Prison, and travel in a hot-air balloon to solve the case.
Just as interesting as the fictional account are the end notes which give factual information concerning the real-life characters. A book which morphs fact into clever fiction while characterizing unusual women as likable and ahead of their time.