I, Claudia

By: Mary McCoy

At the Imperial Day Academy, where students such as Claudia are elected to positions of authority over their classmates, school politics isn’t a popularity contest. It’s a cutthroat power struggle. Discussion questions.

ISBN: 9781512448467

JLG Release: Dec 2018


Sensitive Areas: Drugs, Mild sexual themes, Racism, Sexual assault, Strong language, Underage drinking, Violence, Ableism
Topics: Conduct of life , High schools , Student government , People with disabilities , Family life , Los Angeles, California , Politics

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Awards & Honors

2019 Michael Printz Award Honor

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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Claudia McCarthy is the (possibly unreliable) narrator of this modern take on I, Claudius. She leads readers through four years at the exclusive Los Angeles Imperial Day Academy. The teen is an amateur historian and an outsider who becomes more and more enmeshed in the inner political circle of the student senate and honor council. There are no fri Claudia McCarthy is the (possibly unreliable) narrator of this modern take on I, Claudius. She leads readers through four years at the exclusive Los Angeles Imperial Day Academy. The teen is an amateur historian and an outsider who becomes more and more enmeshed in the inner political circle of the student senate and honor council. There are no friends at Imperial Day, only potential supporters and adversaries; alliances and allegiances shift constantly. Adults—both teachers and parents—are distant and mostly unimportant: the students determine who is popular, who is elected to office, and whose reputation will remain untarnished. This Lord of the Flies–like work is packed with political intrigue and maneuvering. Interspersed with Claudia’s commentary are conversations with her therapist, as well as transcripts of an Imperial Day Board of Commissioners hearing, both of which add insight and uncertainty. 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. VERDICT A must-read for YA fans of political thrillers or school-based stories.–Suzanne Fondrie, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Book Details

ISBN

9781512448467

First Release

December 2018

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Page Count

424

Accelerated Reader

Level 0; Points: 0;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level 940L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Carolrhoda Lab

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Drugs, Mild sexual themes, Racism, Sexual assault, Strong language, Underage drinking, Violence, Ableism

Topics

Conduct of life, High schools, Student government, People with disabilities, Family life, Los Angeles, California, Politics,

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