by Betsy Cornwell


Nicolette was just a young girl when her mother died. Her mother was a skilled mechanic who lived in fear of people discovering her secret. When her father remarries, Nicolette is delighted. How fun must it be to have two sisters of her own age, Nicolette thought! Then, her father dies unexpectedly and Nicolette is left with only her stepmother and stepsisters. Nicolette lives as her family's personal maid for a few years. One day a letter from her dead mother appears in her bedroom, giving instructions on how to find a secret workshop. Nicolette goes down to the workshop and is in awe of her mother's creations. She learns to use her mother's machines to aid her with chores. When this is discovered one day, she is nicknamed "Mechanica," thus the story's title.
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