Your Friend in Fashion, Abby Shapiro

Overview

Deeply affecting and laugh-out-loud funny, this coming-of-age novel captures the temper of the times and introduces readers to an unforgettable young heroine.

The lightbulb of good ideas is burning bright for eleven-year-old Abby Shapiro. As personal fashion designer for Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy, Possible Future First Lady of the United States, she'll become famous and earn enough money to buy both a Barbie doll and a bra. Abby decides to get ...

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Overview

Deeply affecting and laugh-out-loud funny, this coming-of-age novel captures the temper of the times and introduces readers to an unforgettable young heroine.

The lightbulb of good ideas is burning bright for eleven-year-old Abby Shapiro. As personal fashion designer for Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy, Possible Future First Lady of the United States, she'll become famous and earn enough money to buy both a Barbie doll and a bra. Abby decides to get in touch immediately. In her letters to Jackie, she shares her wry, insightful observations—along with her drawings and fashion tips. The letters help Abby through a tumultuous year in which her father abandons the family, her gangster uncle falls in love, her beloved aunt suffers a stroke, and her relationship with her mother goes from bad to worse. This book is based in part on the author's childhood and is illustrated with paper dolls she made when she was Abby's age.

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Editorial Reviews

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Gr 5–7—Doll-loving Abby Shapiro lives in late-1950s Massachusetts with her extended family. In an effort to earn enough money to buy both a bra and a Barbie doll, the 11-year-old decides to turn her fashion designs into a lucrative business, and therefore goes about writing letters to Jacqueline Kennedy, "Possible Future First Lady," whom she considers a potential client. Abby shares her fashion ideas with Mrs. Kennedy, along with the trials of living with her abusive father, navigating friendships, rocky relationship with her mother, planning her Bat Mitzvah, and becoming more aware of politics and civil rights. The author draws on her own childhood memories as inspiration and imbues her first-person narrative with a vivid sense of time and place. A Yiddish/Hebrew glossary and fashion drawings complement this first novel. A good choice for readers seeking historical fiction set in a world not too unlike their own.—Laurie Slagenwhite Walters, Baldwin Public Library, Birmingham, MI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823423408
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/23/2011
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 958,196
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 710L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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