A jovial band of middle schoolers belonging to "The Secret Society
of the Merriweather Club," joins forces to battle bullies, overcome
hysterical home economic disasters and attend advanced etiquette
classes, all while facing personal challenges ranging from identity
crises to classic, adolescent awkwardness. Each member believes she
has a secret, inner gift, but it takes time to discover exactly
what that is, and middle school demands vie constantly for their
time and attention. Inspired by the timeless literature of Dickens,
Austen and all their favorite classics, the girls feel adventure
coursing through their veins as they try to emulate heroines from a
long-ago time, calling on their deepest inner reserves to battle
their own modern-day enemies. Most harrowing of all is the ultimate
school bully, Espin Alldread, expelled from the nearby prep
academy, who may be even more sinister than he first appears to be
on the grounds of Merriweather Middle School. The Merriweather Club
boasts it's own poet laureate, Lucy Lyric, whose unfortunate home
economics cooking disasters include a three- alarm fire requiring
the intervention of the S.W.A.T. team and a local branch of the
national guard. Lettie Penn's comic hair- dyeing disaster brings
her to the brink of a long- kept family secret. Linda Hubb, Miss
Merriweather's favorite, gracious, and refined niece, longs to join
others dancing at the annual cotillion, but must dream from the
confines of her wheelchair. Her nobility shines forth as she runs
for student body president against none other than the malevolent
Espin Alldread. Will grace win over brute force? Who will be named
the conquerer? Laney Penneypacker's move from her family's upscale
Manhattan co-op to a tiny, run- down house in the town of
Merriweather, is more than enough motivation for her to attempt
some Dickensian cost-cutting measures at dinner time. But her
serving of six entree' varieties of "Ketchup and one other
ingredient" for dinner is an epic fail. Miss Merriweather's classes
in advanced etiquette at the famous abbey offers students the
elegance of a time gone by, where young ladies were not bullied but
put upon a pedestal by young gentlemen who embraced the code of
chivalry. At the enormous, ancient abbey, will the Merriweather
Club members be able to forget their current- day problems for a
few precious moments and experience the romance of a far-off time?
Dressed in elegant cotillion clothes, they can pose gracefully at
the top of the marble staircase and float down to meet a dashing
partner ready to waltz away the evening. There, at the abbey, can
they dance to their heart's content or will something in the place
itself bar them from their dreams? What mystery lies at the heart
of the abbey? Their fearless leader, Laurel LeMay, adds the club's
ongoing mystery of the month to make things even more intriguing.
At the beginning of the school year, they are mystified by the
latest secret surrounding Merriweather Abbey: where are the two
missing portraits in the ballroom? Why will Miss Merriweather
herself not even admit the paintings have disappeared? And just
what is the secretive butler, Rubay Omar hiding from them all?
Buoyed by their admiration of courageous heroines from classic
literature, the club members arrive at the abbey hoping to be as
brave as any of Jane Austen's own characters. The promise of an
elegant costume ball, a summer cotillion and first love make for a
rousing adventure sure to inspire young readers everywhere.
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