Manuscript Title: The Perilous Journey of the Not-So-Innocuous Girl
Author: Leigh Statham (Jennifer Holt)
Age group: YA
Genre: Steampunk/Historical Fiction
Word count: 65,000
Sixteen year old Lady Marguerite loves engineering, much to her father’s dismay. She spends her free time working with her best friend Claude in her family’s steam-powered forge. But when Claude takes a military position in New France, and her father says it’s time for her to marry into French society or suffer boarding school, Marguerite constructs a plan of her own to join Claude across the sea.
The morning after her disastrous debut into society, she secretly boards the aership Triumph as a member of a social program her father would never approve of, The Daughters of the King. It doesn’t take long before Marguerite realizes that staying home and marrying a seriously boring duke may not have been a bad choice after all. The other girls on the ship are mean, the food is deplorable and she doesn’t even have her own rooms. But the cogs of fate have been set in motion, and her natural leadership skills and engineering knowledge become instrumental to everyone’s survival when air pirates attack. As Marguerite fights to save the girls who ridiculed her, she realizes the real world is full of unexpected triumph and heartbreak. While love and adventure lie ahead, security and the familiar are back home in France. But Marguerite will have to survive her voyage before she can make that choice.
Based on the true story of The Daughters of the King: 17th-century female immigrants to New France.