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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 720L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0547564597
  • ISBN-13: 978-0547564593
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,062,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A nearly perfect book . . . [that] will have you laughing and singing.”  —A teen reviewer

 

"In this whimsical tale, the reader is not only entertained, but also learns a little history along the way."—VOYA (Voices of Youth Advocates)

 

"Strohm has a good sense of slapstick and an ear for one-liners."—Kirkus Reviews

 

"Pilgrims will be enjoyed by fans of romantic comedies."--School Library Journal

 

"Interesting historical facts are woven throughout, but, mostly, Strohm's debut is breezy beach reading--it'll go down as easily as Libby's Colonial Caramel Apple Pie."--Booklist "[Strohm] turns a strong heroine and a few surprises into a clever, tightly written book that will keep readers wondering who will become Libby's Mr. Darcy."—Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Like Libby Kelting, Stephanie Kate Strohm is a blond, history-loving gal with a passion for
fashion. She grew up in Connecticut and attended Middlebury College in Vermont, where she
was voted Winter Carnival Queen. Currently she lives in New York City with a huge shoe collection
and a little white dog named Lorelei Lee. This is her first novel.


More About the Author

Stephanie Kate Strohm is the author of Pilgrims Don't Wear Pink and the upcoming Confederates Don't Wear Couture. She grew up on the Connecticut coast, where a steady diet of Little House on the Prairie turned her into a history nerd at an early age. She spent much of her childhood dressing up in bonnets. While attending Middlebury College in Vermont, she blossomed into a full-fledged Civil War buff and was voted Winter Carnival Queen. After graduating with a joint major in theater and history, she acted her way around the country, performing in more than 25 states, primarily in shows where she got to wear corsets.

Currently she lives in New York City, where her closet is almost big enough to hold all of her shoes. When she's not writing, she loves baking, shopping, cuddling her dog Lorelei, and dragging her boyfriend to chick flicks.

Follower her on twitter @StephKateStrohm, on pinterest @stephkatestrohm, on instagram @StephanieKateS, and visit her online at www.StephanieKateStrohm.com

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Pilgrims Don't Wear Pink was a fun and lighthearted read.
Megan
The book is also full of humor, making for a very entertaining read - even adults will enjoy it (I did!).
dSavannah George-Jones
While the book is aimed at young adult readers, adults will enjoy it just as much.
Kay

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lee VINE VOICE on April 19, 2012
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Libby is totally in her own element. We're talking historical costumes, cooking over an actual fire, living on a historical site, needlepoint, hot shirtless guys, costume balls, flower pressing, gardening....did I mention hot shirtless guys?

Pilgrims Don't Wear Pink is all about a fun loving fashionista who is interning at Camden Harbor, which is where she will be "living" history to tourist, and be in charge of a day camp for young girls who get to see what it was like to live back in the 1700's. For Libby, an unlikely historian buff, it's a dream job come true! But what could make her internship even better? How about a hunk who quotes Shakespeare, brings her flowers, and expertly sweeps her off her feet! Cameron definitely has the looks, the rakish smile, and, apparently, enough Mr. Darcy in him to be put on a pedestal in Libby's mind. But things take a definite turn when a young journalist petitions the museum to let him live on a supposedly haunted boat, the Lettie Mae, to uncover the real story. Knowing it would be great publicity, they agree...but unfortunately for Libby someone has to stay with the arrogant, nerdy, know-it-all, Garrett. Sparks fly when they have to bunk together, and not always good ones. But little does Libby realize her expectations of Mr. Right just might be in the form of a sci-fi loving, fashion killing, cargo shorts wearing, journalistic nerd intent on finding a ghost she believes doesn't really need to be found.

Pilgrims Don't Wear Pink literally had me laughing non-stop. I adored all the characters, even the snotty ones toward the end, and couldn't help but love the history behind it all.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kay on May 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
I cannot sing this book's praises enough! I enjoyed every word of it. From hilarious Dev to intelligent, pink-loving, Libby, this author has such wit!

While the book is aimed at young adult readers, adults will enjoy it just as much. Stephanie Kate Strohm includes numerous pop culture references and small jokes that will make any adult chuckle. Pre-teens and teens will enjoy the love story and might even learn a bit about late 18th century history :)

This is a quick read that I highly recommend (even for adults!). It will keep you entertained until the very end. Stephanie Kate Strohm is an incredible first-time author. Her wit is unparalleled in the young adult genre and I can't wait to see what she comes out with next!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Power TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
Pilgrims Don't Wear Pink by Stephanie Kate Strohm follows Libby who has a summer internship at Camden Harbor, Maine's Oldest Living History Museum running the camp for girls (in period costume). Her summer is filled with evil co-workers, handsome boys, cute kids and a ghostly mystery.

This is a delightfully fun chic lit romance. The type of book that makes you smile. Libby is a smart and confident girl who isn't afraid to be different. Cam and Garret the two men in her life are both equally charming (at times) and seem like real people. The only negative is that the book is rather short (around 200 pages) however that is a plus for reluctant readers or readers who want a quick read.

Appropriateness: There is quite a bit of drunken behavior by one of the side characters. The alcohol is used to make him appear to be a bad person. Libby takes a beer at one point, drinks a sip as to not cause a scene (complains about it) and then trades it for rootbeer. The romances are limited to kissing and are sweet and funny. While the book feels mature enough for older readers (with characters that seem like older high schoolers) it is appropriate for the middle school audience. I recommend this book to readers 12+
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After a batch of deep-thinking novels, I wanted an easy-to-read book that concentrates on story and character. Often, I can find these among the books written ostensibly for Young Adults. Other than being written to ensure that teenagers (or their parents) aren't offended by anything that happens, YA books can be thoughtful and fun, and they stick to just one storyline. That's a _good_ thing.

And with Pilgrims Don't Wear Pink, Stephanie Kate Strohm delivers.

Our basic story: Libby has a plum summer internship job. She's going to spend the summer at Camden Harbor Maine, in one of the "living history" museums, teaching girls about real life circa 1791. For a self-professed history geek (who is equally "into" fashion), this is a dream come true. And it's even _more_ cool when she attracts the attention of a hunky-looking guy on the sailing crew. Unfortunately, she's hampered by a mean, surly roommate... so she takes the first opportunity to move into alternate accommodations. That turns out to be with a geeky SF-fan guy (who has NO fashion sense) on a journalism internship in which he's trying to learn the truth about all those ghost sightings.

It's a typical romantic comedy, teenage style (nothing more than a few kisses, with intimations of more). Purely a confection. But it works. Certainly I started reading and didn't let anything distract me until I reached the end (which didn't take long).

One reason I like the book so much is that I easily can cheer for Libby. Not just as a nice-person character, but as a mini-role model. Libby is smart, and well read, and she doesn't think that's weird. She loves history passionately and explains why, and I can fantasize that a teen reading this book might look at her American History class in a new light.
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