A 2019 Michael L. Printz Honor Book – I, Claudia
Disaffected teen historian Claudia McCarthy never expected to be in charge of Imperial Day Academy, but by accident, design, or scheme, she is pulled into the tumultuous and high-profile world of the Senate and Honor Council. Suddenly, Claudia is wielding power over her fellow students that she never expected to have and isn’t sure she wants.
Claudia vows to use her power to help the school. But there are forces aligned against her: shocking scandals, tyrants waiting in the wings, and political dilemmas with no easy answers. As Claudia struggles to be a force for good in the universe, she wrestles with the question: does power inevitably corrupt?
Throughout I, Claudia she finds a way to gain her own strength, bring up her own power… all at the same time questioning whether it will bring her down in the end. Does it do that to everyone? Is that the same thing that all the leaders in our world face throughout their climb to the top?