Book: Sequins, Secrets, and Silver Linings by Sophia Bennett
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Scholastic Inc. (US), Chicken House (UK)
Publication date: 2010 (US), 2009 (UK)
Summary: Four girls in London take on the world of movies, fashion, and social change.
Thoughts: This book, originally published as Threads in the UK, would have been inspiring to me at about age 12. These girls take on huge tasks like full-scale fashion shows, Hollywood movie roles and award ceremonies, and non-profit fundraising websites. As an adult, my thought at the end was: gee, can’t we just let kids be kids for a few years.
Appeal: This is a book for girls. There are some depressing real world elements in it, but they are handled carefully so I think a ten year old would probably be fine with it. Certainly a twelve year old (the age of the youngest main character) or fourteen year old (the age of the other major characters) would make a good audience. It will appeal to girls who like one or more of: fashion, social causes, or movies, which I imagine includes most girls who read English.
Challenges: Sequins, Secrets, and Silver Linings will be my third book in my British Books Challenge to read six British books.
Have you read this book? What did you think?