Synopses & Reviews
Emma Rose is SO not a diva.
She doesn't want her turn on the catwalk-she'd rather be behind the scenes creating fabulous outfits So when a famous fashionista discovers Emma's designs and offers her the opportunity of a lifetime-a feature in Madison magazine (squeal )-Emma sort of, well, panics. She has only one option: to create a secret identity.
And so Allegra Biscotti is born.
Allegra is worldly, sophisticated, and bold-everything Emma is not. But the pressure is on. And Emma quickly discovers juggling school, a new crush, friends, and a secret identity might not be as glamorous as she thought.
"Emma, the affable protagonist of this effervescent series launch, faces familiar eighth-grade quandaries. Her best friend is cozying up to superficial popular girls, one of whom has Emma's crush in her sights. Her grades are plummeting, and her mother constantly nags her to study more. It's what Emma is focusing on rather than schoolwork that lifts the novel from being standard middle-grade fare. A talented fashion designer and seamstress, Emma spends after-school hours sketching and sewing at her father's lace company. When a high-profile fashion editor is captivated by Emma's designs, Emma, worried she won't be taken seriously, passes them off as the work of the fictitious Allegra Biscotti. The ruse quickly spins out of control: the editor touts Allegra as a designer to watch and insists that she create--on a tight deadline--three original designs to showcase in her magazine. Despite the improbable premise, credible characterizations and dialogue keep the novel real. For Project Runway aspirants, Bennett slips in detailed descriptions of the teens' outfits and Emma's designs, which appear in spot art. Ages 8 12. (Nov.) All of the 10 stories in this first volume in the 'Guys Read Library' are solid, and several are stellar. Mac Barnett's volume-opener, 'Best of Friends,' sets the tone--no bad deed will go unpunished. The squeamish (and probably all parents) are advised to avert their eyes from Jack Gantos's 'The Bloody Souvenir.' Rex has provided full-page artwork for each story, as well as his take on a school for superheroes. Artemis Fowl fans will relish Eoin Colfer's admission about the inspiration for his young criminal mastermind. Jeff Kinney describes the psychological warfare he subjected his younger brother to while growing up. A true gem comes from the editor's desk--Scieszka and Kate DiCamillo pen an epistolary exchange between a writer and a student. 'I am supposed to ask the questions. You are supposed to send back the author answers,' the student writes. 'That is all you have to do.' Future volumes will cover such genres as nonfiction, science fiction, mystery, and sports. If they're as good as this one, boys--and girls--are in for a treat. Ages 8 12. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
She could be a world-famous fashion designer-but can she pass the 8th grade?
By day, Emma Rose is a quiet, under-the-radar student who doesn't mix with the popular set. But when school's out, she becomes Queen of the Runway-whipping up cutting-edge designs.
When Emma is discovered by a well-known fashionista, the pseudonym Allegra Biscotti is born to protect her from the lime light. She soon discovers balancing a secret identity, boys, school, and friends isn't as easy as she thought.
This fashion-themed series features doodles throughout the book-two-color illustrations are found as chapter openers and in the margins-adding tons of delicious style detail!
When school's out, Emma Rose becomes Queen of the Runway--whipping up cutting-edge designs. After Emma is discovered by a well-known fashionista, the pseudonym Allegra Biscotti is born. She soon discovers balancing a secret identity, boys, school, and friends isn't as easy as she thought. Illustrations.