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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elise Primavera Narrator: Katherine Kellgren Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2015 ISBN: 9781101890646
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Fans of Mary Poppins will love this whimsical tale of a boarding school for children of very busy parents, where an extraordinary headmistress teaches them life lessons about courage, adventure, friendship . . . and the importance of birthday cake.

Nestled inside a lighthouse, Great Rapscott School for the Daughters of Busy Parents takes its motto from Amelia Earhart: adventure is worthwhile in itself. Headmistress Ms. Rapscott couldn’t agree more, but her students, who are shipped to the school in boxes, could use a little convincing. Still, despite their initial reluctance, the students are soon soaring through the sky and getting lost on purpose. In addition to learning what birthday cakes are and how best to approach a bumbershoot tree, the students also manage to learn a little something about strength and bravery.

Bestselling author Elise Primavera has created an irresistible story about finding your way.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Whimsical and magical with a dose of gentle social satire…It’s Ms. Rapscott herself who may be the book’s greatest strength…By keeping the satire broad, Primavera seems less to be judging than to be suggesting that, sometimes, another adult must step in and coax out the talents that parents overlook.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Fits neatly into the literary world of May Poppins and Nanny Piggins…An invigorating romp with more adventures on the horizon.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Move over, Mary Poppins, and make way for Ms. Rapscott…these adventures will entice young readers to take Ms. Rapscott’s advice and get ‘lost on purpose’ in a great story.”


  • “A whimsical story line…The plot unfolds nicely. The story is unpredictably unique, and if readers can suspend their disbelief, they will be swept up in the narrative.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Primavera’s stylish story, while not laugh-out-loud funny, is undeniably humorous in tone…Ms. Rapscott (is) an indefatigable, charismatic leader who immediately sees the best in her initially unappealing charges…(who) grow and change in believable ways…Quirky and imaginative, aimed at middle-graders who like their fiction with a twist.”

    Kirkus Reviews

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Bravo to Katherine Kellgren, whose prodigious narrating skills are on display in this production. Kellgren moves up and down her vocal register with seeming ease and employs a shifting tempo as she narrates this droll tale…Ms. Rapscott—with her imperious voice full of pronouncements—rolls her ‘Rs’ at every possible opportunity, rattles off lists of parental offenses, and waxes sadly about her own birthday-cakeless childhood. Kellgren elongates vowels for emphasis and creates memorable voices for some of the girls, such as screeching Beatrice and whining Faye. This story is practical, adventure filled, and fun. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Selected for the Indie Next List, Spring 2015
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About the Author
Author Elise Primavera

Elise Primavera has been making her mark in children’s fiction as an author and illustrator for over twenty years. After years of success with children’s picture books, she began writing novels for children.

About the Narrator

Katherine Kellgren (1969–2018), narrator and actress, appeared onstage in London, New York, and Frankfurt, including in the role of Laura in a regional production of The Glass Menagerie and appearances on Comedy Central. In recognition of her mastery of audiobook narration, she received many honors, including the prestigious Audie Awards, with four for best female narrator; the Odyssey Award; Publishers Weekly Listen Up Award; dozens of AudioFile magazine Earphones Awards; an AudioFile Golden Voice Award; Booklist Voice of Choice award; and acclaim from press and listener reviews.