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A tween fashion designer’s blog garners A-list attention in this chic start to a new middle grade series.

Over the summer, fashion-loving Zoey Webber gets the best news ever: Her middle school is getting rid of uniforms! There’s just one problem. Zoey has sketchbooks full of fashion designs, but nothing to wear! So with a little help from her best friends Kate and Priti, she...
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A tween fashion designer’s blog garners A-list attention in this chic start to a new middle grade series.

Over the summer, fashion-loving Zoey Webber gets the best news ever: Her middle school is getting rid of uniforms! There’s just one problem. Zoey has sketchbooks full of fashion designs, but nothing to wear! So with a little help from her best friends Kate and Priti, she learns to make her own clothes. She even begins to post her fashion design sketches online in a blog. That’s how the Sew Zoey blog begins, and soon it becomes much more.

Zoey’s quirky style makes her a bit of a misfit at middle school, but her Sew Zoey blog quickly gains a dedicated following. Real fashion designers start to read it! Yet even as her blog takes off, Zoey still has to deal with homework, crushes, and P.E. class. And when the principal asks her to design a dress for the school’s fashion-show fund-raiser, Zoey can’t wait to start sewing! But what will happen when her two worlds collide?
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Lisa Colozza Cocca
Zoey is excited when she learns her private middle school is dropping their school uniform requirement. A fashionista, Zoey has been designing clothes with the encouragement of her Aunt Lulu. During the summer, Zoey spends her days at her aunt's combination home/ interior design studio. Aunt Lulu buys her a sketch pad and asks for Zoey's input on color and texture combinations for fabrics. When Zoey's best friends, Kate and Priti, find the sketch pad, they are impressed with their friend's skill. They help Zoey set up her own fashion blog, Sew Zoey, where she can talk about clothing and accessories and share some of her designs. Zoey establishes a blog following, so when school is back in session the principal asks her to design a dress for a school fundraising fashion show. Zoey is delighted and sets out to make it happen. She encounters a disaster, but with the help of a mysterious secret friend, she accomplishes her goal. Part of a series, this book will appeal to tweens with an interest in fashion. Reviewer: Lisa Colozza Cocca
School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—When her middle school announces that it is getting rid of uniforms, future fashion designer Zoey can't wait to show off her own style. While shopping with her friends, she discovers that the clothes in the stores just don't have that Zoey factor. With a little inspiration from her aunt and her friends, she decides to try creating her own wardrobe and blogging about it on "Sew Zoey." When her principal finds out, she gives Zoey the chance of a lifetime to be the only student designer in the school's charity fashion show. Her dress, however, gets ruined just days before the event and she has a huge social studies paper due the same day with no chance of extensions. Can Zoey pull off the opportunity of a lifetime or will she have to pull out of the show? Although the book is moderately paced, the characters are enjoyable and well developed, and the plot is humorous and entertaining. The black-and-white drawings that open each chapter add a bit of fashion flair. With a touching ending that will leave readers with a warm, fuzzy feeling, this novel will appeal to young fashionistas.—Kira Moody, Whitmore Public Library, Salt Lake City, UT
Publishers Weekly
An aspiring fashion designer is the affable heroine of this first book in the Sew Zoey series. When Zoey Webber’s middle school drops its uniform requirement, she tells her two best friends, “After all these years of all dressing alike, we can finally be ourselves.” That takes more courage than Zoey anticipates: after her friends encourage her to start a fashion blog to showcase her designs, Zoey wears an outfit of her own creation on the first day of school, including a skirt with inside-out seams, a necktie belt, and high-tops with neon laces. Mocked by the class mean girls as well as a teacher, Zoey realizes that “standing out from crowd was kind of scary.” But with the support of her friends, a few adult allies, and the memories of her own late mother, Zoey’s sewing skills and confidence blossom. In a smoothly written story of overcoming challenges with ingenuity and style, Taylor shows a knack for characterization and dialogue, and her detailed descriptions of Zoey’s designs will entice young fashionistas. On Pins and Needles pubs simultaneously. Illustrations not seen by PW. Ages 8–12. (June)
"Zoey Webber is a funky fashionista stuck in a gray-polyester-uniform world. The first book in a delightful new series, this will appeal to any girl finding her own style. Zoey is a bubbly and vivacious character who doesn’t let insecurities take command."
Kirkus Reviews
Most novels about fashion end up being more about little divas than about the clothing; this is an exception. This story celebrates the rewards of personal creativity and risks of self-expression. Zoey, an eighth-grader who loves to design new outfits, decides to start a fashion blog the summer before her middle school abolishes the rule requiring school uniforms. The stress of creating an outfit for the first day of school is alleviated by using her deceased mother's sewing machine. Like the way she pieces together an outfit, Zoey assembles a valuable group of friends to support this endeavor. Some people, like her trusted best friends, Kate and Priti, know her inside and out. New friends, like Libby, provide a bit of embellishment. Others, like Jan from the notions store, and the new principal, Esther Austen, bring to the table the structure, wisdom and encouragement Zoey needs. The storyline follows a mildly dramatic arc, as Zoey is asked to design a prom dress for a fundraiser. When the unthinkable happens, Zoey must figure out a solution--quick! Can she do it? This book will appeal to a middle-grade crowd that isn't into vampires and dystopias, as well as to those who create art with their hands. (Fiction. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442479357
  • Publisher: Simon Spotlight
  • Publication date: 6/4/2013
  • Series: Sew Zoey , #1
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 209,627
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Chloe Taylor learned to sew when she was a little girl. She loved watching her Grandmother Louise turn a scrap of blue fabric into a simple-but-fabulous dress, nightgown, or even a bathing suit in an instant. It was magical! Now that she’s grown up, she still loves fashion: It’s like art that you can wear. Chloe has written more than thirty books for children and lives, writes, and window shops in New York City.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2014

    Love it

    I love this chic book.

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    Posted February 23, 2014

    I own ib I own the bp Awsome

    I love this book:)but ivy is so rude:(

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    Posted February 4, 2014

    I have this book!

    I have this book not on my nook, but real. Plus, I loooooove it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2013


    This book is way to cool u just have to read it anybody who adores fashion.

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