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The Time-Traveling Fashionista at the Palace of Marie Antoinette

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by Bianca Turetsky
     
 

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What if a beautiful dress could take you back in time?

Louise Lambert's best friend's thirteenth birthday party is fast approaching, so of course the most important question on her mind is, "What am I going to wear?!" Slipping on an exquisite robin's egg blue gown during another visit to the mysterious Traveling Fashionista Vintage Sale, Louise finds

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What if a beautiful dress could take you back in time?

Louise Lambert's best friend's thirteenth birthday party is fast approaching, so of course the most important question on her mind is, "What am I going to wear?!" Slipping on an exquisite robin's egg blue gown during another visit to the mysterious Traveling Fashionista Vintage Sale, Louise finds herself back in time once again, swept up in the glory of palace life, fancy parties, and enormous hair as a member of the court of France's most infamous queen, Marie Antoinette.

But between cute commoner boys and glamorous trips to Paris, life in the palace isn't all cake and couture. Can Louise keep her cool-and her head!-as she races against the clock to get home?

Editorial Reviews

Joanna Philbin
"The Time Traveling Fashionista had me under its spell from the first page. It whisked me back in time to an era of impeccable manners, glamorous people, and of course, gorgeous clothes. Debut author Bianca Turetsky has begun an amazing new series."
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"Turetsky delivers her enjoyable history lesson through the eyes of a girl who knows every major and minor fashion designer, a character sure to appeal to her target audience, as will the time-traveling theme. Appealing illustrations aid readers' imaginations... Good fun."—Kirkus Reviews"

The Time Traveling Fashionista had me under its spell from the first page. It whisked me back in time to an era of impeccable manners, glamorous people, and of course, gorgeous clothes. Debut author Bianca Turetsky has begun an amazing new series."—Joanna Philbin, author of the Daughters series

Kirkus Reviews
Middle school girls obsessed with fashion will find an entertaining, painless history lesson in this light romp. Louise, 12, envies her best friend, who is becoming an actual teenager. Worse, her dad has suddenly lost his job, so Louise won't be going on her much-anticipated trip to France with her classmates. She consoles herself by indulging in her obsession, vintage fashion, at the exclusive traveling vintage-clothing store that has sent her another exclusive invitation. The last time she visited the peripatetic store, she wound up traveling back in time to the Titanic, and she wonders if she can take another trip. Of course she can, winding up in the court of 14-year-old Princess Marie Antoinette just after her marriage to Prince Louis. Louise finds herself in the persona of a Duchess called Gabrielle. The amazing excesses of the court astonish her, as, of course, does the fashion. However, she also learns about the appalling conditions of the people of France and tries to awaken Marie Antoinette to their misery. She remembers the lecture her history teacher gave her class about the French Revolution, but can't recall just when it happened. Is Louise herself in personal danger? Turetsky delivers her enjoyable history lesson through the eyes of a girl who knows every major and minor fashion designer, a character sure to appeal to her target audience, as will the time-traveling theme. Appealing illustrations aid readers' imaginations. Good fun. (Fantasy. 8-12)
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—Louise Lambert, a seventh grader who is searching for an outfit to wear to her best friend's 13th birthday party, visits a vintage clothing store. Upon trying on a period dress, she is transported back to the court of Marie Antoinette at Versailles. Ironically, Louise's attorney father has just lost his job and cannot pay for her to go on the class trip to France. Getting to travel this way, Louise triumphs over her friends. There are beautiful color illustrations of fashions richly described and language typical of the time periods then and now. The chapter headings are colorful, and fonts in various hues are used throughout. This book will appeal to girls who enjoy historical fiction and fantasy. Reluctant readers will not be able to keep up with the vocabulary but will like the pictures.Kathy Lyday, William Lenoir Middle School, Lenoir, NC

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316105385
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
09/18/2012
Series:
Time-Traveling Fashionista Series, #2
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
1,025,539
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)
Lexile:
1090L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Meet the Author

Bianca Turetsky is the author of the stylish Time-Traveling Fashionista series, which has been translated into nine languages. A graduate of Tufts University, Bianca managed the studio of artist/filmmaker Julian Schnabel for the last ten years. She lives in a cozy studio apartment in Brooklyn, New York, that houses her very extensive and much-loved vintage collection.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book! It only took me a few days to finish but it was exellent! You should totally read it!!! Especially if you love fashion!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Though this book is a relatively simple read if you are over the tender age of ten, I was genuinely surprised that I could not manage to put the book down. The story is very well paced and the research that was obviously put into writing this book really shines through. I found myself on a delghtful joirney through pre-revolutionary France. I would reccomend this book to anyone who has an interest in French history as well as anyone who would enjoy an easy and well written read. I am anxiously awaiting the next entry in this series. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the first book and loved it cant wait to see what adventure this new book brings!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I finished the first book and it was great!! I cant wait to read this one, filled with more adventure :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the first book, and it was amazing! These books have fashion, history, romance, and friendship! A perfect tween book! Plus it has drawings so you can understand details and setting of the book. A perfect must -read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a captivating book that really compliments the first. I love the detail about the clothes as well as the people. This is a must read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loooove vintage fashion and am always on the lookout for fiction books about fashion. This is the best one ive read! Plus it has amazing full page artwork! :) I recommend this book to everybody!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 11 year old loved this book! It is so hard to find appropriate books for my daughter. This one held her attention and was a wonderful historical story. Keep writing these for all the young girls that dont read about "issues" or boyfriends! Thank you Ms. Turetsky.
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Its about fashion but it still teaches us about history
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love dis book