Your Friend in Fashion, Abby Shapiro by Amy Axelrod

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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.

About Amy Axelrod

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Amy Axelrod is the author of the Pigs Will Be Pigs math picture book series. She wrote the News Hounds geography series to help introduce readers to new places and different kinds of maps. She lives in New York's Hudson River Valley.
Published April 1, 2011 by Holiday House. 261 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Meanwhile, Abby’s extended family creates comedy and drama, while Abby avoids her uncaring father and her apparently unfeeling mother, who appears mostly to be concerned with maintaining the traditions of their Eastern European Jewish origins.

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