Sequins, Secrets, and Silver Linings

Gr 6—9—Girls who have dreamed of walking the runway or designing clothes, as well as those who want to help humanity, will enjoy this book. Nonie, the fashionista; Edie, the greenest of them all with her campaign to save the planet; and Hollywood starlet Jenny, who is premiering in her first movie with a bit part, meet 12-year-old Crow, a talented designer from Northern Uganda who has been sent to London to avoid being a war victim. The 14-year-olds befriend her and help her develop her line of clothing and also help the Invisible Children campaign for her country. Crow is quiet about the situation and eventually the friends learn that her brother, Henry, was captured and she doesn't know if he is alive. With the help of Crow's friends, Henry joins his sister in London, leading to a happy ending. The author has done a good job of balancing the story between campaigning for the children in Uganda who are stolen from families and expected to kill others and fashion on the runway. The book leaves readers with an awareness of the problem in Uganda but doesn't over do it.—Karen Alexander, Lake Fenton High School, Linden, MI
When fashion-minded Nonie meets Crow, she recognizes the twelve-year-old Ugandan girl's gift for design. With aid from family and friends--including a supermodel and a famous actress--Nonie helps Crow showcase her talent with a collection at London's Fashion Week. This wish-fulfillment fantasy is a little dull (except for descriptions of the wild outfits), but the altruistic message adds heart.

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