Sequins, Secrets, and Silver Linings

Sophia Bennett, Scholastic/Chicken House, $16.99 (304p) ISBN 978-0-545-24241-7
Bennett's high-energy debut, which won the Times of London/Chicken House writing contest, is as fast-paced as the world of fashion. Celebrity-obsessed 14-year-old Nonie loves little more than talking fashion with her two best friends: confident and gorgeous Edie, who dreams of working for the U.N., and insecure budding movie star Jenny. All three girls are wrapped up in their privileged lives until they meet 12-year-old Crow, a Ugandan refugee who lives with her aunt. When Nonie discovers that Crow is a talented seamstress and designer, she invites her to use their extra room as a workshop, and Nonie's ex-model mother and fashion-loving grandmother practically adopt Crow, encouraging her to enter an Yves Saint Laurent competition. Nonie is initially self-centered and jealous, but she and her friends combine their passions to make a positive difference. "It's about the things that have inspired you, and how you've put them together in a new way," Nonie says. Studded with descriptions of chic outfits and references to designers, this outing will whet appetites for the next book in the trilogy. Ages 12–up. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 11/22/2010
Release date: 01/01/2011
Genre: Children's
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