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Length: 258 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Gr 5-8–This book manages to make the wildly implausible seem possible. When Emma, 14, becomes the hottest new fashion designer for the Voguelike Madison magazine, she does it through hard work and the help of an old hand. She's given herself the nom de plume “Allegra Biscotti” to cover up that she's the girl the editor met at her father's lace warehouse. Emma comes off as a believable teen. She likes a boy who seems unattainable and disregards Charlie, her supportive friend and accomplice in deception. Holly, her other BFF, has become part of an in-crowd Emma has no desire to join. But the luscious descriptions of the clothes Emma imagines are the best aspect of the book. Tiny sketches accompany most of them and add charm to the pages. Trying to come up with three alluring new designs, the protagonist lets her grades slide, gets in trouble with her parents, and ends up enlisting the aid of the capable Marjorie, an office administrator who was a professional seamstress. Emma, Marjorie, and Charlie are well rounded but other characters are vague, including the somewhat stereotyped editor and the snobby clique that attracts Holly. Still, kids interested in fashion are sure to become fans of the Allegra Biscotti collection.–Tina Zubak, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Fashionistas, rejoice! Allegra Biscotti (aka eighth-grader Emma Rose) has arrived on the scene. A fashion lover and designer, Emma spends most of her time sketching at her father’s lace warehouse in the Garment District, especially now that her best friend has taken up with the cool crowd. Then, a miracle. The editor in chief of one of the hottest fashion magazines spots one of her dresses and falls in love. Thinking her eighth-grade self isn’t going to cut it, Emma invents Allegra Biscotti, a fashion-forward designer who takes on a life of her own, complicating Emma’s to no end. It’s nice to have a young chick-lit book that’s about something other than middle-school angst (although there’s plenty of that, too). Here, it’s fashion, fashion, fashion, and readers will learn something about the industry even as they’re caught up in the story of Emma trying to live her dream. Pencil-and-wash pictures of Emma’s designs dot almost every page, adding to the fun. Grades 5-8. --Ilene Cooper

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  • File Size: 1307 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (November 1, 2010)
  • Publication Date: November 1, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004BA57JO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #627,495 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on January 6, 2011
Format: Paperback
Emma wants to be a fashion designer more than anything. She has a small room at her father's warehouse where she designs and sews clothes. Every day on the way to school, she creates the ultimate fashion outfit from taking different pieces she sees and changing them to fit her style.

When a famous fashionista comes down to her father's warehouse and stumbles upon her designs, it's almost miraculous. Except for one small detail: it's hard to be a fashion designer when you're only in eighth grade.

On the spot, Emma makes up the secret identity of Allegra Biscotti for her designs. Now, she's exchanging texts with a fashion editor from Madison magazine for a feature interview. After the interview airs, the editor asks for three unique items from her Spring Collection.

Her friend, Charlie, helps her keep her lies straight and helps create a business persona. He's the only one who knows the truth. Emma can't risk telling her BFF, Holly, because Holly's infiltrating the popular crowd. As much as she tries to bring Emma into the group, Emma resists. She can't stand how superficial the girls can be, and she can't stand how they're supposed to be best friends while they're mean to each other.

As the deadline looms, Emma's not sure she can finish creating these pieces.

I really enjoyed this book - the first in a new series dealing with friendship drama, lies, fashion, and decisions about the future.

Reviewed by: Jennifer Rummel
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carolina Joy on October 12, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I am not quite finished with the story, but I am close enough and unless the author really pulls a fast one, I am confident the ending will be good too!

What I like:
Well written. It isn't high literature or anything, but the author is intelligent and allows her characters to be intelligent too. Easy to identify with the character.

Good family relationships: LOVE this. It isn't fake or overly saccharine sweet or anything. But you can tell that they love each other and they're out for each others' best interests

Good friendships: The relationships are good, but there are some trying times and I appreciate that the author lets the characters be human and STILL work things out.

No cursing: LOVE that part
No sleaze factor: REALLY love that!
Kids were kids w/o being icky, know what I mean?

I am a 38 yo woman and I didn't realize this was a kid book when I started reading it on my Kindle. I picked it up when it was offered for free and am just now getting to it. By now I've forgotten all the stuff I knew. I just liked the quirky title. But as I was reading it I kept thinking that my 10yo daughter would enjoy it and it would also be a neat read aloud. I think - might have too much dialog to be a fab read aloud, but I would be willing to try it. Lord knows it is MUCH better than some of the drivel my kids have asked me to read aloud!

If you enjoy a sweet story that is easy on the brain and the heart, take a chance on this one. I am hopeful the author has more coming! I think this would make a WONDERFUL series (and if it's already a series, well, I am behind the times!)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 15, 2010
Format: Paperback
I am writing this under my mom's account.

I loved the book The Allegra Biscotti Collection. It was the best book I ever read. And why did I love it? Because I personally like fashion, and it's a fashion book. But even people who don't like fashion will like it because it is a book full of secrets that make you wonder. When you're reading about the secrets, it makes you think about all kinds of different stuff: Is she going to finish the clothing pieces in time? Or is Emma Rose, aka Allegra Biscotti, going to be revealed? You can find out all of that stuff if you read the book.

The writer did something that I really liked. The writer made up a very good life for this character. She described Emma Rose very well. I'm not just talking about the way she looks, I'm talking about her personality and what she likes to do. For example, on the metro on the way home from her school, she plays something called, "The Game." It's when she looks at everyone's outfits and creates something out of them. I like that part. I can relate to Allegra because she loves designing clothes, and I do too.

I think there should be another book, so I can find out more about how Allegra's life is going to go with her being discovered by Paige Young. Paige Young is an editor for a fashion magazine, and she sees Allegra's dress and goes crazy for it, and that's how Allegra got discovered. I think there should be a few challenges when she's trying to be a fashion designer out in the open, because not everyone knows that Allegra Biscotti is just a young teenage girl named Emma Rose.

Please write another book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 5, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
Writing this under my mother's account I can truly say how The Allegra biscotti Collection is written about the things a kid goes through, feels, acts, and is like.The Allegra Biscotti Collection tells about what every girl has to go through in relation to how friends can change. Olivia Bennet writes as if she is a middle school girl going through everything Emma (the main character) goes through. The book captures your attention and keeps you transfixed until you finish the book, and wish you had the second book. I received the book and read it until I was forced to put it down to go to sleep. Immediately in the morning I grabbed The Allegra Biscotti Collection and continued my reading until I was done, barely paying attention to my breakfast. The Allegra Biscotti Collection not only tells about true life, but an exciting fashion adventure Emma has. The emotions are written in such a way that you feel as if they were yours, and you fully connect to the characters. The whole story is filled with a pleasant mix of dialogue and description, with real life and fictional adventure. The feelings a kid has a written as if a kid wrote the book. (If the kid was a writing genius!) A fashion adventure and friends are not only what the book is about. It is also about school, a crush, and a hidden identity. The book will make you feel as if you are with the characters in the setting. And you'll find yourself agreeing, disagreeing, feeling what the characters are feeling, and understanding and backing up their argument or not. This book is an amazing creation, that you'll not regret reading.
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