THE GILDED GIRL is here!
Thank you to everyone for your support! It's wonderful to have The Gilded Girl out in the world and where I always wanted it to end up: in the hands of readers. I love hearing from readers who enjoyed the book! It's been such a wonderful experience to get messages as people finish reading.
Here's a slideshow from my "book birthday." I had a wonderful day filled with middle grade author friends! I signed books at The Village Well and Barnes & Noble, had a virtual launch party filled with Julie Abe (and special guest, Lorelei Savaryn) and celebrated outside with Melissa Seymour and Karina Evans. Thank you to my family, friends, and readers for making this the debut day of my dreams!
Exciting Review from Publisher's Weekly
"Colman’s class-interested debut offers both homage to and a fanciful spin on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s A Little Princess. In a world in which only the wealthy wield magic and those who can’t afford the hefty registration price must snuff theirs, 12-year-old Emma Harris is so close to her Kindling—full control of her magic—that she can taste it. Her magical education, however, is sorely lacking, prompting her magical architect father to enroll her at the elite New York City boarding school for young ladies. While she finds her studies difficult, introverted Emma quickly makes friends, thanks to her father’s fame and fortune. Izzy, the school’s only maid, is of Kindling age as well; though her magic must lawfully be snuffed, she has other plans. The girls’ worlds collide when Emma’s father dies and the school’s headmistress indentures her to pay her outstanding tuition. What follows is a thoughtful and imaginative exploration of friendship, internal change, and perseverance told in alternating voices and anchored in an enticingly crafted alternate turn-of-the-century New York. Ages 8–12."