Zoey and her friends are dressed to the nines for Libby’s bat mitzvah—but will things fall apart at the eleventh hour? Includes “Sew Zoey” blog posts and fashion illustrations.
In the twelfth book in the Sew Zoey series, Zoey’s friend Libby is preparing for her bat mitzvah, and Zoey, Priti, and Kate are really excited for the big party. Libby asks Zoey to make her dress, and loves the design—but her mom thinks it’s inappropriate. Can Zoey find a way to compromise while still giving Libby her dream dress? Zoey is stuck in the middle in other ways, too: Her brother Marcus’s relationship with Allie is on the rocks. Does Zoey’s loyalty to her brother mean that she has to end her friendship with Allie? And when Zoey sees something shocking at the bat mitzvah party, she’s not so sure she wants to be Allie’s friend at all…
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.
Nancy Zhang is an illustrator and an art and fashion lover with a passion for all beautiful things. She has published her work in the art books L’Oiseau Rouge and Street Impressions and in various fashion magazines and on websites. Visit her at Nancy-Zhang.com. She lives in Berlin, Germany.
"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. . . . 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."
– Kirkus Reviews
"An aspiring fashion designer is the affable heroine of this first book in the Sew Zoey series. . . . 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."
– Publishers Weekly
"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."
"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."