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Change of a Dress (Cinderella Cleaners #1)

3.99  ·  Rating Details ·  2,188 Ratings  ·  100 Reviews
Welcome to Cinderella Cleaners! Drop-off service! Quality care! Total transformation... Behind the counter at Cinderella Cleaners, Diana watches the clothes come and go. She loves to imagine the exciting events that the different outfits might be worn to. Then one day, Diana reaches into the pocket of a fancy coat - and finds an invitation to a glittering gala in New York ...more
Paperback, 209 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Scholastic Paperbacks
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Jun 10, 2011 Jennifer rated it really liked it
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True rating: 4.5 stars.

A little gem of a book, Change of a Dress is an updated retelling of the Cinderella story, complete with an ‘evil’ stepmother, a pair of annoying stepsisters, a fairy godmother (in the form of a tailor), a lost shoe, and a handsome prince. (The main character even goes by ‘Cindy’ for an extended period.) But the parallels with the famous fairy tale are often so subtle as to slip past even an attentive reader, and it never feels as though there was an effort on the author’s
Jennifer Wardrip
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Diana Donato is not happy. Though she has been in every drama production since elementary school, her rival, Kayleigh Carell, is going to get the part of Emily in the middle school production of Our Town, a part that should be Diana's.

But that's life when you have a wicked step-mother who thinks you are old enough to take on some responsibility and give up everything that is fun in life. So, instead of going to tryouts, Diana has to tackle her f
Emilee Cooper
Oct 17, 2011 Emilee Cooper rated it it was amazing
This book was a twist on the classic tale of Cinderella. It's about a girl named Diana who's mom died when she was young and her dad remarried. Typically, the stepmom is evil and her two daughters are no better. But Diana's life completely flips when she finds two tickets to a Broadway production of the musical "Angel", which is starring her top celebrity crush, Adam Kessler. She is supposed to be home watching her stepsisters, but she finds a babysitter and sneaks away. At the show, Diana meets ...more
Aug 26, 2011 Prashansa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
It is really cool. I like Diana. She is really a brave girl. She lost her mother and now is struggling with her horrible stepmother Fay. Can't say how much I hate Fay. Well, Cindrella Cleaners is owned by Diana's family. I like Cat and Elsie. They work at the Cleaners. Elsie is really kind to babysit the twins or the stepsisters of Diana. Nelson is good too. He arranged for the dresses and a limo for Diana and Cat. Diana and Cat go to Angel's primiere whose main actor was Adam Kessler. Diana had ...more
10-11 Lexie
Oct 18, 2010 10-11 Lexie rated it really liked it
I think this book is very fun and amusing. It is a great book with a few suprises. Hmm. I recommend it to anyone who loves realistic fairytales.
Aug 28, 2010 Clare rated it really liked it
I loved this book! It was a book filled with suspence, fun, and happiness and LOTS of feeling. I cannot wait to read the other ones!
Jul 26, 2012 Anne rated it it was amazing
This is a good book.
Dec 18, 2010 Erica rated it it was amazing
This was a very goood book!! I LOVED IT! It was girly too!
Dec 13, 2010 Kayla rated it really liked it
It wwas a present day cinderella story but it was changed a little
Nov 18, 2016 Chelsea rated it liked it
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Katie Fitzgerald

Diana Donato lives in Weehawken, New Jersey, and she loves fashion and acting. Normally, she'd be trying out for the Fall play along with her best friend Jess, but Fay, her stepmother, has convinced her father to make her work at his dry cleaning business this year instead. At Cinderella Cleaners, Diana makes friends with the motley crew of employees. Elise and Cat teach her how to stay out of trouble with the supervisor, Joy MacInerny, whom they call Joyless, and Nelson teaches her how to sneak
Nov 02, 2012 Matraysa rated it really liked it
the book i have chosen for my book report, is called Cinderella cleaners (change of a dress) i would rate this book about a 4 out of 5. the author of this book is Maya Gold.

the main characters of this book are diana her co workers, elise and cat.
this book is about a 13 year old girl named diana, who got a job at a laundry mat, called cinderella cleaners. she has two co workers elise and cat.
once you get into the book a little, diana is working at the cleaners with cat and elise they were just f
Nov 21, 2010 Rebecca rated it really liked it
this ordinary girl that worked at the cleaners family buisness found a note in a costumers cote and they areb 2 tickets to the best play ever "Angel" staring AdamCasler and there was more... then an invitation to the after party but she had so much problems among her: the play is in N.Y. and she is 13 so she has no way to get there, her mean step mom woudn´t let her do anything, she also had to go to her best friend´s play, baby sitting her little sisters and more. When she gets there( with help ...more
May 03, 2013 low rated it it was ok
I finished reading Cinderella Cleaners Book 1: Change of a Dress. I think it was okay. I definitely found a number of similarities to another series called The Allegra Biscotti Collection.

Change of a Dress is about a girl named Diana who works at her father’s business after school and finds tickets to a show in the pocket of a coat. There is a lot in between, but eventually, Diana lies to her father and stepmother and she and her coworker go to the show. She meets a very famous movie star and sh
Mar 22, 2012 Nellie rated it really liked it
In the book "Cinderella's Cleaners, Change of a Dress", the main character, Diana has a conflict. Diana's mom died when she was in fifth grade, but her dad re-married Fay, her step-mom, six months later. Diana is now in 8th grade and wants to try out for a school play, but her step mom is making her work at the family business instead. Diana doesn't want to argue with her step-mom because it only makes the situation worse, especially her dad, because when he hears the two of them fighting, it ...more
Oct 17, 2011 Angela rated it it was amazing
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
My granddaughter and I read this aloud, rotating readers by chapter, over a weekend, with plenty of "book club discussion" as we went. A Cinderella retell, but atypical, because the points at which one would expect sit-com-type foibles, go off without a hitch. The reader doesn't suspect a Cinderella tale until well into the book, and then it is clearly marked, so that just makes it fun, and it becomes a delight how the reader has already woven so much of the story into the fabric of the book. My ...more
Mar 09, 2012 Grace rated it really liked it
Shelves: march
Diana works at her family's dry cleaning store and she watches as the clothes come and go, but then she finds a fancy coat- and two tickets to a Broadway play and an invitation to a grand gala in New York City. She decides to go to the gala and pretend to be someone she's not without getting caught by the celebrities and by her parents.
I picked up this book because I like the story of Cinderella and I also like stories of identity theft.
I finished the book because I wanted to see what happened t
Miranda Summerset
Nov 14, 2016 Miranda Summerset rated it it was amazing
Shelves: to-buy-shelf
This entire series is such a fun, enjoyable read. They are super easy to go through and perfect for young girls maybe late elementary/middle school age. The whole series is such a cool concept and the main character really draws you in. She feels like your bff and you just love her through it! I read these in middle school, and am now older (WAY OLDER) and still love them, and definitely will be reading these to my little cousins as kind of a way to pass my love of the series on to them. This ...more
Oct 09, 2014 Rebekah rated it liked it
Shelves: cinderella, careers
I probably would have liked this better if I'd read it a year or two ago, but it was still good and I'm excited to read more in this series! :)
I'm in love with this view.
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Feb 20, 2012 Teri Gorleski rated it liked it
I really enjoyed reading about this book! It had a little bit of everything.Most definitely drama.Now,let me tell you about Diana.Diana (the main character) has a way of giving a single object such as nail polish more meaning than it already has.She so pashionate about everything making everyone see everything the way she does.Also,she has quite a sense of fashion.It probably comes from her dad.That's how she got her first job.She watches people come and go with the most gorgeous clothes,or some ...more
Jan 18, 2012 Sjerv001 rated it really liked it


Diana, a girl who lives in New Jersey.
Diana works at a dry cleaners for her dad. Every day Diana dreams of owning or wearing the clothers that come in .One day when Diana was cleaning a jacket she fond a ticket to a brodway show.Diana love the thether. So she decides go serly with a friend to New York. Diana also gets to meet someone in the play. When Diana goes home she has to seen into the house. Diana has a stepmother and Dad went to a party.They did not get home yet.In the en
May 13, 2010 Tracie rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-school
If you don't let yourself get caught up in the unlikely events and decisions happening to and made by the main character, this book is a lot of fun. Instead of trying out for the school play, Diana's evil stepmother makes her start working in the family dry cleaning business. Diana actually likes most things about her job especially as she begins to make friends with her co-workers. When she finds a customer has left two tickets to the opening night premiere of Angels, THE premiere of the ...more
Oct 09, 2014 Ashleea rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Teenagers
Recommended to Ashleea by: None
This book is a good read. It takes place in a teenagers life so many teens can relate to it. The writing is very simple and flows smoothly. I would recommend this book to middle school age kids and high schoolers. Since it flows a teenager it is very easy to read and understand and imagine your self in her life. This book is a great book and can be related to everyday life. Overall I would recommend this to a middle school age child.
Aug 21, 2015 Courteney rated it liked it
This was entertaining for me to read. I don't often read books narrated by a preteen but this book was pretty good. The story was interesting and I liked the part where Diana got to meet her movie star crush and have him like her too despite having her being 13 until she mentions it. I like how the entire story started with a play and a job at a dry cleaners. it makes me think that if we just try amazing things could happen to the most boring of people.
Aug 01, 2011 Sabrina rated it it was amazing
it was an amazing book about a girl named diana that gets to meat a star named Adam kessler and then sneaks out of the house and sees the brodway show angel with her friend that works with her a her dads buisness Cinderella Cleaners. the book keeps you on your tipie toes to find out if diana gets cought or if she gets to see it without a hitch
Feb 26, 2012 Autumn rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Girls who like fantasies
This book is about a girl named Diana who works at Cinderella Cleaners. She loves plays, and loves to imagine where the clothes go. One day, in the pocket of a dress, she finds two tickets to Angel, at Broadway! She creates a crazy plan to get there, with help of her friends Cat, Elise, and Nelson. This was a great book, and I really enjoyed it!
Ashley Soo
Nov 14, 2015 Ashley Soo rated it it was amazing
Probably my most favourite book series when I was 11 years old! Bought the entire series and could not put the books down! everything was written so vividly that I actually felt that I was there with Diana experiencing her crazy adventures. Would definitely hand them down to the younger kids to read :)
Feb 14, 2010 Sarah rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Realistic Fiction/Fairytale Spin-off Lovers
Recommended to Sarah by: Scholastic Book Club Order Form!
This book is amazing, although it is a little slow. The adventures are thrilling and fast-paced. The storyline was a little bit odd and kind of fantasy-like, but the overall book was good. I totally laughed when I found out she had an "evil" stepmother and two "evil" stepsisters! I can't wait to read Prep Cool! Maya, keep writing more books!
Trina Knittle
Dec 28, 2014 Trina Knittle rated it liked it
A retelling of Cinderella that was pretty decent. I usually try to stay away from retellings but this one wasn't so bad. The plot moved along nicely. I never found myself counting how many pages to go before the book would end. The humor in this book was funny. I would definitely read more from this author.
Dec 22, 2011 Kyla rated it liked it
I was cataloging a series of these for work and thought to myself, I have to read a book that has a LOC subject heading of Drycleaning Industry -- Fiction. Also, because my students read it and I should know some of what they like. You know, it wasn't half bad.
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Maya Gold grew up in New Jersey, a few towns north of Diana’s home in Weehawken. Now she lives in upstate New York with her fashion–forward teenage daughter and a very friendly dog. Maya writes books and magazine articles, and in her spare time, she coaches a high school drama club. Cinderella Cleaners is her first series for young readers.
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