Cornwell, Betsy. Mechanica. 2015. 307p. Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. $17.99 (978-0-547-92771-8). Gr. 6-8.
Nicolette Lampton endures typical Cinderella trials: a dead mother, a dead father, a shrewish stepmother, two condescending stepsisters, and competition for the charming prince. Yet as Mechanica, Nicolette follows in her mother’s footsteps creating time-saving and wondrous automata. She also creates the life she’s dreamed of. [ltp]