- Publisher: Chicken House
- Format: Hardback | 281 pages
- Dimensions: 147mm x 206mm x 28mm | 408g
- Publication date: 1 January 2011
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 054524241X
- ISBN 13: 9780545242417
- Sales rank: 951,337
When they meet a Ugandan refugee girl who's an amazing designer, three trendy London teens combine their talents to create some kind of wonderful. A hip, cute, multiculti fashion fairy tale! Nonie's a freak for fashion. Eco-conscious Edie blogs to save the world--and get into Harvard. Starter-starlet Jenny just landed a small part in a big Hollywood blockbuster. But when these trendy London besties meet a Ugandan refugee girl named Crow, sketching a dress at the V&A Museum, their worldview gets an extreme makeover. As they learn about the serious situation in Crow's homeland, they decide to pool their talents to call attention to the crisis of the Night Walking children. A catwalk show featuring Crow's designs--quelle chic way to raise awareness! Now...how to "make it work"?!
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Sophia Bennett won first place in the second annual LONDON TIMES/Chicken House Children's Fiction Competition with her debut, SEQUINS, SECRETS, AND SILVER LININGS, a novel that combines her long-standing obsession with fashion with her keen desire to write for young readers. Sophia lives with her husband and children in cosmopolitan London, England. Follow her on Twitter @sophiabennett and visit her at www.sophiabennett.com.
By TeensReadToo 23 Sep 2011
Three best friends come together to change one life and make fashion history.
Nonie loves fashion, but lacks the talent for design.
Jenny just wrapped up a Hollywood movie. She's hitting the red carpets, where she's forced to wear hideous dresses. The fashion world is ripping her to shreds.
Eddie wants to save the world. She writes a blog and posts fashion news about Jenny to gain more followers. She's also tutoring a young girl from Uganda. Crow loves fashion and sketches designs all over her papers. Eddie uses fashion to help with her reading - as Crow will read if she's interested in the subject.
When Nonie meets Crow, she's determined to help her achieve her dreams. She'd never expect that helping Crow would make fashion history. Crow's uber-talented, and soon begins selling her clothes at a stall. Before long, she has a waiting list for her items. Suddenly, great fashion opportunities loom in front of her.
Can the three friends help solidify Crow's fashion career?
I'll admit, it took me most of the book to care about the characters. In the beginning I couldn't connect with anyone, but then things changed. I began to like the girls and thus the story. I enjoyed learning more about Crow and her life in Uganda. I loved the fashion show and how it all came together, and am glad SEQUINS, SECRETS, AND SILVER LININGS is the start of a trilogy.