Confederates Don't Wear Couture

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Publishers Weekly praised the Pilgrims Don't Wear Pink author Stephanie Kate Strohm for "turning 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." This romantic sequel follows suit in high style! High-style hoopskirts, that is . . .

When history nerd Libby's fashion designer best friend asks for help selling his gowns to the wives of Civil War reenactors, she jumps at the ...

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Overview

Publishers Weekly praised the Pilgrims Don't Wear Pink author Stephanie Kate Strohm for "turning 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." This romantic sequel follows suit in high style! High-style hoopskirts, that is . . .

When history nerd Libby's fashion designer best friend asks for help selling his gowns to the wives of Civil War reenactors, she jumps at the chance to frolick on a nineteenth-century playground. But Alabama's no sweet home: sweltering heat, no Starbucks, a vengeful ghost . . .

And the boys? Miss Libby's got the North and the South fighting for her heart.

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"Fun beach reading peppered with plenty of fascinating historical tidbits."
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"Teens who like a mix of realistic fiction, historical information, and humor will enjoy Confederates Don't Wear Couture."
School Library Journal

VOYA - KaaVonia Hinton
In this companion novel to Pilgrims Don't Wear Pink (Graphia, 2012/Voya February 2012), Libby's best friend, Dev, has her summer completely planned. Instead of working in a museum in Boston so she can be close to her boyfriend, Garrett, she is heading south with Dev, who has finagled a spot alongside the Fifteenth Alabama selling nineteenth-century costumes to reenactor's wives. In between battles, dress fittings, and a ghost determined to scare soldiers away from the war, Libby gets a little too close to one of the corporals and is stunned when Garrett makes a surprise visit. While some readers might find focusing on Civil War reenactments peculiar, and perhaps offensive, the author openly addresses this and uses the setting in a witty manner to set up a love spat involving the North (Garrett) against the South (Corporal Beau Anderson). The subplot featuring a ghost might seem contrived while constant references to popular culture (Mad Men, Project Runway, World of Warcraft) will definitely date the book. Teens will relate to the pithy one-liners (e.g., "Whitman was one ugly ?mo. I am way cuter."), the love triangle, and Libby's devotion to Dev. Readers interested in historical periods, romance, and humor will enjoy this book. Reviewer: KaaVonia Hinton
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Abandoning her plan to visit her boyfriend in Boston, Libby Kelting, the protagonist from Strohm's Pilgrims Don't Wear Pink (Houghton Harcourt, 2012) and her best friend, Dev, a fashion designer, head to the South to sell period gowns to the wives and girlfriends of Civil War reenactors. Libby is secretly a history nerd and is excited about this adventure. However, traveling from battleground to battleground without the comforts of daily life (showers, air-conditioning, and Starbucks) takes its toll on the teens, as does the ghost that has been haunting Corporal Beau Anderson, who happens to be hot and has his eye on Libby. Readers will wonder if Libby will fall for Beau or remain loyal to Garrett. Teens who like a mix of realistic fiction, historical information, and humor will enjoy Confederates Don't Wear Couture.—Shannon Seglin, San Antonio Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
History-nerd extraordinaire Libby Kelting returns for another summer of costumed drama. Having spent the previous summer in colonial garb (Pilgrims Don't Wear Pink, 2012), Libby doesn't find it too hard to agree to spend the months before college on campaign with Civil War re-enactors, in partnership with her gay, designer BFF, Dev. They will be sutlers to the Confederate armies (who have a way better sense of style than the Yankees). Libby will model the gowns; Dev will take orders and sew them up when they get home; they will make buckets of dough. The only problem? Libby will have to spend the summer far from her boyfriend, aspiring journalist Garrett. Once in the South, Libby and Dev meet their sponsors, a canny businesswoman and her adorable, history-loving son, Beau, an officer with the regiment they're attached to--and whose family is bedeviled by a ghost. Hijinks and romantic anxiety ensue. The merriment is compounded by a troop of overeager Boy Scouts, an evil land developer and the arrival of Garrett, who uses the excuse of the ghost to extend his internship with the Boston Globe to the battlefields of the Deep South. The ghost plot feels tired and Scooby-Doo–ish--in fact, Scooby is explicitly invoked, joining a host of other pop-culture references that range from Glee to Twilight. It's all harmless summer fun, but it has the feeling of the retread that it is; perhaps next year Libby should get a different sort of summer job. (Fiction. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547972589
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 6/4/2013
  • Pages: 226
  • Sales rank: 1,365,529
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephanie Kate Strohm 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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2013

    One of my favorite books ever! I couldn't put it down! I persona

    One of my favorite books ever! I couldn't put it down! I personally like it better than the first. It's got everything you could ever want in a teen fiction: History, Romance, Comedy, Adventure, and loveable characters! This is defiantly worth reading!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2013

    Much like the first book, I could not put this down. It stays tr

    Much like the first book, I could not put this down. It stays true to the characters, and makes you giggle along the way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    Even better than the first!

    Even better than the first!

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