I've always loved to create and I've always been interested in fashion. To me, what people wear says so much about who they are and how the world sees them. I've always admired people who take fashion risks and have the vision to create something wonderful out of scraps or even old clothes -- and so Allegra Biscotti was born.
THE ALLEGRA BISCOTTI COLLECTION is a series about fourteen-year-old Emma Rose. By day, Emma is a quiet, under-the-radar middle-school kid, but after school, with her sewing machine, she creates the most eye-popping and whimsical fashions. Through a happy accident, she is discovered by Madison magazine (the bible of all fashionistas) and the Allegra Biscotti Collection is launched. But Allegra's true identity is a secret. Fashion is all about image and Emma knows the trend-setting stiletto set will get behind a hot, new Italian designer -- not an ordinary kid. But can Emma keep the secret? Especially when her first client turns out to be the most popular girl in her school?
I hope you grow to love Emma as much as I do. Emma must juggle the world of high fashion, the ups and downs of middle school, and meaning of loyalty and friendship. She must learn who to trust -- including herself -- and do some quick thinking (and sewing) to be sure her designs are true-to-her-vision and magazine-cover ready.
"Fashionistas, rejoice! Allegra Biscotti (aka eighth-grader Emma Rose) has arrived on the scene... Here, it's fashion, fashion, fashion, and readers will learn something about the industry even as they're caught up in the story of Emma trying to live her dream. Pencil-and-wash pictures of Emma's designs dot almost every page, adding to the fun."
"[An] effervescent series . . .credible characterizations and dialogue keep the novel real."
- Publishers Weekly
"Kids interested in fashion are sure to become fans of the Allegra Biscotti collection."
- School Library Journal
1. How would you describe Rylan's relationship with her mother? How does this relationship affect her relationship with her friends?
2. Was Emma correct in not giving her client (Mrs. Sinclare) what she ordered and paid for?
3. As Emma/Allegra grows her business, should she keep Francesca on? Is she a help or a hindrance?
4. Emma keeps Allegra Biscotti a secret from most of the world. Is she right in keeping this secret?
5. In witnessing Rylan's mother in action, Emma realizes that she doesn't have it as badly as she thought with her own mother. Has going to your own friends' house ever made you realize that you like your own family more . . .or less?
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