Designed for Disaster (Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew Series #29)

Designed for Disaster (Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew Series #29)

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by Carolyn Keene, Macky Pamintuan
     
 

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Eight-year-old supersleuth Nancy Drew must solve a crime of fashion!

Nancy Drew and her classmates have the chance to submit their own fashion designs to a big-time competition—and the chance to model their designs in a fashion show. On a team with her best friends George and Bess, Nancy comes up with some truly original clothing ideas and her teamSee more details below

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Eight-year-old supersleuth Nancy Drew must solve a crime of fashion!

Nancy Drew and her classmates have the chance to submit their own fashion designs to a big-time competition—and the chance to model their designs in a fashion show. On a team with her best friends George and Bess, Nancy comes up with some truly original clothing ideas and her team is chosen! But someone keeps sabotaging the contest along the way—stealing designs, hiding sample pieces, and tripping up the models. Can the Clue Crew find the culprit before the River Heights fashion show is canceled

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
Are third-graders really able to think about their futures? Well, if they have watched reality shows on TV (which most of them probably have), the idea of a future and a career may not be unreasonable at all. In this story, one of River Heights Elementary school's art teachers, Mrs. Corwin, has a friend (Juliana) who is a fashion designer. To keep her ideas current, Juliana would like to see what fashion ideas "today's students" have. The kids will design outfits, she will choose the best three, she will have them made up (in other words, sewn), and submit them to her company. Imagine how excited the girls in the class are—especially when they find that the three winners will get to be models! Of course something has to go wrong, and it does. First, the computer files go missing, but they are found behind a cabinet, as if they had just slipped away. All right, these things happen. The winners are chosen, and to no one's surprise (except their own, perhaps) Nancy, Bess, and George's design has won! The second thing that goes wrong is much worse. The completed clothing goes missing! The Clue Crew—Nancy, Bess, and George—springs into action. They get some help from Deirdre and her Fashion Models Club, and when Nancy says that her housekeeper, Hannah, will be able to sew fresh copies of the clothing the other parents say that they will help, too. All ends well, of course; Nancy actually realizes who was responsible for everything that has gone wrong, and when confronted, the girl explains that her mother, who is also a designer, has submitted designs to Juliana, but has heard nothing from her. The whole story is quite contrived, but the machinations of the girls are very real. We are surrounded by eight-year-olds' feelings and actions, and the results are nearly painful (for this adult, anyway) to read. Entry #29 in the "Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew" series. Reviewer: Judy Silverman

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781442423800
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
05/03/2011
Series:
Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew Series , #29
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
426,691
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

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Nancy Drew And the Clue Crew CHAPTER ONE
Mystery Girls!

On Monday morning Mrs. Corwin, a River Heights Elementary School art teacher, said, “I’m putting you in teams of three. You’re going to draw pictures of anything you think would be really cool for you and your friends to wear.”

The girls cheered. The boys all just looked at one another.

“I think you’ll be very excited about what I’m planning to do with your designs too”, Mrs. Corwin added, “but I need them all by Friday.”

Nancy Drew turned to her two best friends, who were also her art-table partners, cousins Bess Marvin and George Fayne, and said, “That’s what’s so great about our school. We get to do things like this.”

Bess nodded. “I know”, she said. “We have a cousin in Texas, and all he does in his art class is draw pictures of cactus plants.”

Nancy laughed. “Really?” she said.

George giggled. “Not really. But his art class is definitely not as cool as ours.”

“Why do we boys have to do this?” Quincy Taylor asked Mrs. Corwin. “It’s a girl thing!”

“No, it’s not”, Deirdre Shannon said. “One of my favorite designers is a man. I try to wear his clothes all the time. A lot of men are famous fashion designers, Quincy.”

“And remember I said you can design anything you want to”, Mrs. Corwin reminded them. “That means sportswear like tracksuits, basketball uniforms, and swim trunks. Anything!

“Yeah, but what if some of the other guys in school find out about this and start making fun of us?” Peter Patino said. “What are we going to do then?”

“Oh, you guys, I can’t believe it”, Mrs. Corwin said. She let out a big sigh. “I’ll tell you what. Instead of putting your real names on your designs, you may use a designer label. It should be something snappy that’ll catch a buyer’s attention, and it will be something only the team members and I will know. How’s that?”

The boys all looked at one another and shrugged. “Okay, we’ll do it”, they grumbled in unison.

“May we use both our names and a designer label?” Nancy asked. “We want a snappy label, but we also want people to know who we really are.”

“Oh, Nancy, that’s a super idea”, several of the girls said.

“Of course!” Mrs. Corwin told them.

With the teams chosen, everyone talked for the next several minutes about their designer-label names.

“I think ours should be Mystery Girls!” Bess suggested. “I can see that on jeans and tops and—”

“I absolutely adore that”, Deirdre said from the next table. She thought for a minute. “I think we’ll be Lucky Girls!”

Nancy, George, and Bess rolled their eyes. Deirdre could be such a copycat sometimes, but that was okay since their designs would be different.

“Do you think we’ll make any money from this?” George asked.

“Money!” Katherine Madison said. “You mean, like, real money?”

“Are you kidding me?” Nadine Nardo exclaimed. “Fashion designers are all rich.” She took a deep breath and exhaled. “I could be a millionaire before I’m in the fifth grade!”

Quincy looked up. “Well, then I’m interested too because I’m not looking forward to all the chores Mom said she has planned for me during the summer if I want an allowance.”

The class laughed, but Nancy noticed that all the boys’ teams had now huddled together to talk about what they were going to do.

• • •

When the recess bell rang twenty minutes later, Bess leaned over to Nancy and George and said, “I wonder what Mrs. Corwin is planning to do with our designs.”

“That’s funny”, Nancy whispered back. “I was just thinking the same thing.”

As they headed out of the art classroom, Deirdre and Katherine came up behind them.

“I wonder what Mrs. Corwin will do with our designs”, Deirdre whispered.

George grinned knowingly at Nancy and Bess.

“We have to find out”, Katherine said. “It could affect our new careers!”

Nancy thought about it for a minute. Should the Clue Crew try to solve the mystery right away, she wondered, or should we just wait until Mrs. Corwin tell us?

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