My Imaginary Mary
by Cynthia Hand; Brodi Ashton; Jodi Meadows
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Pub Date 02 Aug 2022 | Archive Date 25 Oct 2022
HarperCollins Children's Books, HarperTeen
With a famous mother like Mary Wollstonecraft, Mary Godwin has plenty of ideas of her own, if anyone would bother to take her writing seriously. But ever since her mother died, Mary’s spent a rather drab life living above her father’s modest bookstore, waiting for something extraordinary that will help her compose a work worthy of her parentage—and impress her rakishly handsome (and super-secret) beau, Percy Shelley.
Ada Byron knows a thing or two about famous parents. Though she’s the daughter of Lord Byron—yes, that one—Ada’s passion leans more toward empirical data than poetry, with an emphasis on mechanical engineering (automatons, to be exact). But no matter how ingenious Ada’s ideas, it seems as if there’s always a man willing to claim them as his own. Sigh.
But after a fateful party, our two heroines are connected through a magical door and a truly shocking discovery: their rare talents are the result of being descended from two of the most powerful fae to have ever lived. And with the right training from a fae (not fairy) godmother, they can achieve anything they dare to imagine.
Unfortunately, when it comes to imagination, Mary is a natural and Ada…not so much. Until Mary offers her fae skills to improve Ada’s latest animatron, and their teamwork accidentally sort-of-on-purpose results in a living, breathing, thinking boy. PAN, as Ada calls him, is a world-altering scientific achievement, but when he draws the attention of a villainous scientist bent on claiming him as his own and eliminating the competition, Mary and Ada are drawn into an intrigue of Gothic proportions—one more dangerous than either girl could have imagined.
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