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The Time-Traveling Fashionista
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The Time-Traveling Fashionista

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by Bianca Turetsky
 

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

Louise Lambert has always dreamed of movie starlets and exquisite gowns and longs for the day when she can fill the closet of her normal suburban home with stylish treasures. But when she receives a mysterious invitation to a vintage fashion sale in the mail, her once painfully average life is

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

Louise Lambert has always dreamed of movie starlets and exquisite gowns and longs for the day when she can fill the closet of her normal suburban home with stylish treasures. But when she receives a mysterious invitation to a vintage fashion sale in the mail, her once painfully average life is magically transformed into a time-travel adventure.

Suddenly onboard a luxurious cruise ship a hundred years ago, Louise relishes the glamorous life of this opulent era and slips into a life of secrets, drama, and decadence. . . .

Dreamy and imaginative, The Time-Traveling Fashionista features thirty full-color fashion illustrations to show gorgeous dresses and styles throughout history.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Seventh-grader Louise Lambert—obsessed with vintage clothing, but with only a few vintage outfits to her name—longs for excitement in her life. It arrives in the form of a mysterious invitation to the Traveling Fashionista Vintage Sale. When Louise finds the perfect dress there with the help of some eccentric saleswomen, she discovers that the "traveling" part of the sale is literal: upon trying on the dress, Louise passes out and awakens in the body of Alice Baxter (the dress's former owner), a silent film star and currently a passenger on the Titanic. At first Louise enjoys her luxurious new life, not to mention wardrobe, but when she realizes she is on the ill-fated ship, she is up against the clock to either change the course of history or return home before it's too late. First in a planned series, Turetsky's debut breezily incorporates past and current pop culture references; with a spunky main character and breathless descriptions of glamorous clothing, it's entertaining wish fulfillment for those as fashion-focused as Louise. Suy contributes full-color illustrations, not seen by PW. Ages 12–up. (Apr.)
Seventeen.com
"...The story begins when Louise, a stylish seventh-grader from Connecticut, tries on a dress at a vintage sale that used to belong to a film star. Then suddenly, she's transported, and becomes a passenger on [a] massively luxurious cruise ship in a sea of glamorous people with gorgeous clothes. The story takes tons of twists and turns as Louise figures out whether her alter-ego can change history and stop the ship from sinking. So, bottom line: totally recommend! Plus, the pencil sketches of gowns throughout the book give it a very reading-your-awesome-best-friend's-diary feel."
author of THE DAUGHTERS series 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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"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"

...The story begins when Louise, a stylish seventh-grader from Connecticut, tries on a dress at a vintage sale that used to belong to a film star. Then suddenly, she's transported, and becomes a passenger on [a] massively luxurious cruise ship in a sea of glamorous people with gorgeous clothes. The story takes tons of twists and turns as Louise figures out whether her alter-ego can change history and stop the ship from sinking. So, bottom line: totally recommend! Plus, the pencil sketches of gowns throughout the book give it a very reading-your-awesome-best-friend's-diary feel."—Seventeen.com

School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—Louise's love of vintage clothing leads her to answer an invitation for a sale at a building she's never seen before in her suburban neighborhood. She's searching for the perfect dress for her seventh-grade dance but instead she's whisked back onto the Titanic after trying on a gown worn on the ship. She becomes its owner, Miss Baxter, a 17-year-old actress traveling with her uncle. She enlists the help of the maid she befriends to warn the crew about their fate, but the two aren't taken seriously. Famous passengers are name-dropped but not fully developed. Fictional ones, such as the maid, fare better. Although the panic after the ship hits the iceberg is vivid, the plot seems to exist to point out details of the vessel and, especially, the clothing of the time. There is no endnote to distinguish fact from fiction. The writing is loose and bloated with unnecessary description and too much telling instead of showing. Marla and Glenda, the owners of the shop, are depicted in unflattering terms and referred to as witches even though the origin of their magic is never clear. Thirty full-color fashion illustrations add a lot to this book's appeal. It's unfortunate that the story isn't better written.—Tina Zubak, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA
Kirkus Reviews
Uncomfortable with her body and braces, seventh-grader Louise Lambert spends her time sketching outfits and daydreaming about the day when she'll be glamorous. In between school and swim practice, she scours vintage shops and secondhand stores and teaches herself about fashion; she looks for both clothes and a connection to the women who wore them. While her classmates want to fit in, Louise wants to stand out, and she might just get her wish. After trying on a dress at a mysterious traveling vintage sale, she finds herself in another girl's (fashionable) shoes...on the Titanic. Typical time-traveling conflicts—sexism, clothing, class issues, altering the course of history—ensue. Though the dialogue is occasionally stiff, the relationships possess some depth. Debut author Turetsky portrays Louise as a girl caught between childhood fantasies—Louise's closet is "the only place left where she still felt the nervous anticipation that extraordinary and magical things could happen"—and the reality of growing up. While it doesn't cover any new territory, the novel's message of living life in the moment and accepting oneself provides some counterweight to the detailed fashion montage—presented throughout the book in delicate, color illustrations. Clothes, boys and adventure make for a quick series opener. (Fantasy. 11-15)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316105422
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
04/05/2011
Series:
Time-Traveling Fashionista Series , #1
Pages:
262
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile:
860L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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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The Time-Traveling Fashionista 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 58 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! I started reading a copy of it at American Eagle Outfitters, and I liked it so much that I purchased a copy. This book is amazing, and I recommend that you read it. If the first book was THIS GOOD, I'm actually afraid to find out how the sequel will turn out. Your money will not be wasted. Check out the sample, and the artwork! Gorgeous!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book. If your into fashion then this is the book for you. The pictures are amazing for fashion lovers, and really gives you a great idea in your head of whats happening. If you think that's it is confusing because of it's flashback to the titanic, it's not because the little details and events really transform this book into something fantastic. When i began to read this book i couldn't put it down and soon i finished it. I'm so glad that the author is writing the next book in the series because after all this book was great and i can't wait for the next one in April. Even if your not into fashon this is a wonderful, funfilled, and extrodinary book. It's a must see adventure for all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book with a great plot and mind - boggling description about an average teen in a kind of average life.
ElegantlyBoundReviews More than 1 year ago
I've been hearing about The Time-Traveling Fashionista since it first came out and literally been wanting to read it since then as well! But I had no idea it was a middle grade book! A few months ago I spotted a copy of it at the bookstore and when I flipped through it I was shocked to find such beautiful illustrations and I knew that I had to read it! I loved the characterization of Louise! She's this girl who is born into a wealthy family whose mom would buy her whatever clothing she wanted but she always chooses to search endlessly though thrift stores and vintage shop because she is obsessed with fashion. She's a somewhat geeky seventh grader who hasn't grown into her body yet. Even though she enjoys her life she wishes that there was a little more adventure. She gets invited to a traveling vintage sale her whole world changes! I loved the part when she was on the Titanic! I loved the mix of historical fiction and modern touches throughout the story. I love everything about the Titanic so this book was especially fun for me! The famous, glamorous people, beautiful, old fashioned dressed and not enough life boats for everyone. As much as Louise was trying to be the famous actress that everyone thought she was she was also very much herself. She formed a friendship with her maid and possibly saved her life in the end. It was a very fun story and I'm so glad that the series is going to continue! I give The Time-Traveling Fashionista 4 hearts because who doesn't want to read about a teenager who time travels just by putting on a vintage dress!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Throughout the book I liked some parts and disliked other parts, but it wasn't the worst book I've either. Honestly I thought yhat the theme could've been based somewhere else other then the Titantic. I would recommend this book to anyone who storys with a combintation of fiction and non-fiction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Must read for any girl who loves fashion, vintage, adventure, or the titanic!!!!! Great book!!!!
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Louise loves vintages clothes. She can't believe her luck when an invitation arrives to a traveling vintage fashion sale. The invitation is just in time, as she needs a dress to wear to the seventh-grade dance. She drags along her best friend and searches the racks until she finds a pink dress that calls to her. At first, the two saleswomen hesitate at her trying on the dress, but then they change their minds. As soon as Louise puts on the dress, she stumbles into a time-warp where she becomes a Hollywood star from the early 1900's. At first, everything is wonderful, as Alice Baxter is gorgeous and owns the most wonderful clothes. Soon, though, Louise realizes that the ship she's traveling across the ocean on is the Titanic. Louise must figure out how to save herself from one of history's most tragic disasters. I really enjoyed this book. I loved the vintage feel of the dresses, the elegance of the ship, and the differences between Louise and Alice. I also liked reading about the luxury of the ship and the differences in classes. I found Louise to be charming, sweet, smart, resourceful, determined, and a girl with a wicked sense of fashion. The artwork in the book is amazing, full of beautiful dresses that spark the imagination. I'm looking forward to reading about more of Louise's adventures.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Twelve-year-old Louise Lambert loves all things vintage. Her mother and her best friend Brooke don't see the appeal of wearing someone's old, used clothes but Louise adores the charm and glamor that comes from putting together the just-right vintage ensemble. When Louise receives a strange invitation to a vintage fashion sale, she knows it will be the perfect place to find a dress for the upcoming school dance. While the traveling vintage isn't exactly as sleek or well-organized as Louise thought, she does find the perfect dress. After trying on a beautiful pink dress Louise finds herself magically transported through time to a luxurious cruise ship. Louise is more than willing to leave her boring, everyday life behind for a little while as a first class passenger with a promising acting career. The only problem is that Louise isn't on just any ship--her magical dress has landed Louise on the Titanic in The Time-Traveling Fashionista On Board the Titanic (2011) by Bianca Turetsky with illustrations by Sandra Suy. The Time-Traveling Fashionista On Board the Titanic is Turetsky's first novel as well as the start to her Time-Traveling Fashionista series. This book is a delightful blend of historical details with a time travel fantasy. Turetsky brings the world of the Titanic to life as readers experience the luxuries of first class travel on the cruise ship through Louise's eyes. Suy's lush illustrations and the gorgeous book design add another special touch to this reading experience. With adventure, fashion and a couple of crushes this is a fresh story that is ideal for both teen and tween readers. Although many questions about the traveling vintage sale are left unanswered The Time-Traveling Fashionista On Board the Titanic is still a great standalone which even wraps up some of the story lines that were started on the Titanic in addition to Louise's more immediate concerns with the school dance. This book promises many exciting things to come in future installments. Possible Pairings: Gideon the Cutpurse by Linda Buckley-Archer, The Search for Wondla by Tony DiTerlizzi, The Glass Sentence by S. E. Grove, Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon and Dean Hale and Nathan Hale, Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine, The Boneshaker by Kate Milford, The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Meet louise- a 7th grader with a love of fashion. When she gets an invite to an fashionasta sale, she cannot resist going there with her best friend brooke to find a dress for the schook dance. When she spots an beautiful pink dress and tries it on, louise is taken back in time- good thing she is a swimmer because she is on the titanic!!! Miss Baxer to be exact. But only being able to see herself in an certqin object, she goes as miss baxer but breaking some rules- becoming best friends with her maid, not eating fancy foods, and not quite acting like miss baxer, she finds out she is on the titanic and no one believes her. Exept her maid anna, who when the night comes, helps other people get off the ship. Lousie survies, thanks to anna, and she manages to go in a fab dress to the dance. I woukd reccomend this book for grades 5-9 because most girls can relate to lousie. Read this book, you will not be let down!!!!!!!!!!
Kellie09 More than 1 year ago
After seeing a later book in this series in the store, I decided to check this one out of the public library. I immediately fell in love this Louise- she's funny, smart, and your average 12 year old girl (AND a swimmer!) but she has an obsession with vintage fashion. I not only learned more about fashion and enjoyed a jaunt on the Titanic, but I adored the beautiful illustrations! This book may be written for tween-teenaged girls, but this 26-year old loved it!
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I am a total fasionista and this book is like a bible! I llllllllllllllloooooooooooooovvvvvvvvvvvvvvveeeeeeeeeeee it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great pre-teen read. Read it because of all they hype about the illustrations. So-so from an adult standpoint. Expected much more fromt the illustrations, and writing was very dumbed down for adults and teens.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really hope this is a good book....i might buy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good, but I advise you to purchase this book in print. The vivid art decorating the pages doesn't work nearly as well with the ebook style as it does in hard copy form. It's much more enjoyable in book format.
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One of the worst books I ever read. I did not even read the whole thing and I still knew it was a bad book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
5 stars for sure
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much that I couldnt put it down.
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A great book in my mind like the details and all the charectars i enjoyed this book and i hope you do too(i dont know how to spell charecters)