I, Claudia, by Mary McCoy


Disaffected teen historian Claudia McCarthy never expected to be in charge of Imperial Day Academy, but by accident, design, or scheme, she is pulled into the tumultuous and high-profile world of the Senate and Honor Council.



Suddenly, Claudia is wielding power over her fellow students that she never expected to have and isn't sure she wants.

Claudia vows to use her power to help the school. But there are forces aligned against her: shocking scandals, tyrants waiting in the wings, and political dilemmas with no easy answers. As Claudia struggles to be a force for good in the universe, she wrestles with the question: does power inevitably corrupt?

 

 

"A disturbing, suspenseful coming-of-age story about power, corruption, and the choices we make both for ourselves and the ones we love."--starred, Kirkus Reviews

"McCoy's cast of schemers and sycophants is complex and finely detailed, and readers will never be quite sure of their motivations. The plot twists and expert foreshadowing will keep teens guessing."--School Library Journal

"McCoy pulls off great feats of craft here, managing to keep the narrative riveting and suspenseful while focusing on minute details of student government. It becomes as difficult to tell whether Claudia is manipulating her classmates as it is to tell whether McCoy is manipulating her readers, both to delightful effect. Smart, witty, and featuring an unforgettable (and possibly unreliable) narrator, as well as a seamless stream of political history, the audience that finds this novel will be unable to put it down."--starred, Booklist

 


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