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Allegra Biscotti Collection (The Allegra Biscotti Collection #1)

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  902 ratings  ·  145 reviews

Emma Rose is SO not a diva.

She doesn't want her turn on the catwalk-she'd rather be behind the scenes creating fabulous outfits! So when a famous fashionista discovers Emma's designs and offers her the opportunity of a lifetime-a feature in Madison magazine (squeal!)-Emma sort of, well, panics. She has only one option: to create a secret identity.

And so Allegra Biscott

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Published November 1st 2010 by Sourcebooks (first published September 1st 2010)
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I found this book as a free kindle download and was intrigued by the description of the plot- mistaken identity, fashion design. I was expecting a bit of a Devil Wears Prada feel.

I should have looked more closely. As I was reading, I found the plot to be completely unrealistic and was pretty disappointed. Then this morning as I was looking up the ISBN to add it to my list here, I saw that it was written for grades 5-8. Now I'm all for reading something fun from the YA section, but this was defin
I thoroughly enjoyed this exploration of natural gifts & budding genius in couture. The opening scene was a particularly powerful illustration of the mind of genius at any age, making it surprising when the reader discovers the actual age of the character.

Definitely a girlie book, the rest of the book deals with a tricky balance between adult responsibilities and commitments while struggling with normal social challenges of middle school when you're not part of the in-crowd. The added compl
My most honest opinion on this book is it's the best book for aspiring Fashion Designers. It took me forever to stumble upon a great book that really focuses on fashion in the life of a realistic fiction character. This book is really entertaining. A brief summary of this story is that Emma is an aspiring Fashion Designer. While she was at her dad's lace wear house, she has an encounter with a big name in the fashion industry. By the time, the lady leaves, Emma has a big secret that only her bes ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Emma wants to be a fashion designer more than anything. She has a small room at her father's warehouse where she designs and sews clothes. Every day on the way to school, she creates the ultimate fashion outfit from taking different pieces she sees and changing them to fit her style.

When a famous fashionista comes down to her father's warehouse and stumbles upon her designs, it's almost miraculous. Except for one small detail: it's hard to be a fas
The problem with Kindle free books is that the brief description doesn't always give you enough information about the genre or the reading level. Despite reading this young-adult novel somewhat unintentionally, I was happy I did. Emma Rose, a 14 year old aspiring fashion designer, is discovered (unintentionally) by a major fashion editor. Rather than admitting that the designs are her own, she invents a fictitious designer, Allegra Biscotti, to disguise her age. The book spirals from this one li ...more
Oct 02, 2011 Sabrina rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Open-minded fashionistas
A short but good read for fashionistas. That's the only thing. You have to LOVE fashion to enjoy this book, you can't just like fashion because then, this book will seem boring. And you MUST be open-minded when reading this book. A 14-year-old girl desiging a dress so fabulous, the top designer of the time wants it is pretty unrealistic but just go with it. Not everything we read HAS to make perfect sense and HAS to be the best. A book like this is a book which you read when you are looking for ...more
Very good story, love how she had to keep a big secret
“She liked to have fun with fashion- to create mash-ups of vintage and thrift store finds. She mixed in the occasional trendier bargain- but always gave those items her personal touch. When she went for a pair of ballet flats, she opted for Kelly green and clipped a pair of sparkly rhinestone earrings onto the toe to make them different. She even replaced the drawstring in her charcoal velour sweatpants with a shimmery chartreuse ribbon. ..Emma wore something every day that hinted at her unique ...more
Damaris Vicarte
What I think of the book: The allegra biscotti collection is that Emma is totally not a diva at all what she wants to do is create fabulous outfits.Emma designs but also wants an opportunity for her lifetime career.Emma Rose’s life is all about keep free time for sketching design ideas, due to the fact been a designer is one of her biggest goals in the present and for the future.Emma’s designs are very detailed due to how much of attention everyone at school put in Emma’s designs.Paige’s is at a ...more
This book by Olivia Bennett is far most the most true middle school life!Not to mention the secret life of Emma Rose!So Emma Rose is a 14 year old girl in middle school and her father owns a lace land company(which basically sells lace for clothes.)So one day, a famous fashion editor named Paige comes to lace land and shortly after wards wants to go to the women's room.So Emma is nicely asked to take Paige to the restroom.After that, Paige comes out but goes into a different room!
When Emma chec
Lynn Brown
Something a little different from me - this is a book I downloaded as it was (and still is) on offer at 1p on Amazon. It's a teen book but after reading some of the reviews I decided to give it a go.

The book is based on Emma - who has to invent an alter go Allegra to pass off her fashion designs to a magazine - she is after all only a teenager.

I love fashion and used to sew all my own clothes, and when I was younger did have a desire to be a dress designer- so this book took me back to those da
She's Stacked  (Jo-Anne)
This is a wonderful book! Absolutely perfect for its 9 - 11 year old audience. Emma Rose is a 14 year old who has always loved fashion, drawing and creating clothes. It is simply who she is. She gets a wonderful opportunity to design a dress for an important fashionista but she has to become someone else to do so and thus Allegra Biscotti comes into being.

The story deals with the typical teenage issues: Emma trying to accept her BF finding a new group of friends and the problems of fitting in wi
Like the PERFECT book for me! IT really inspired me!
Sindhu Gowda
This is my favorite book!
A great read for the tween (and older) crowd, The Allegra Biscotti Collection finds the perfect balance of believable contemporary fiction with a dash of what if.

Eighth grader, Emma Rose loves fashion and creating amazing outfits. She even has her own “studio” tucked away in a corner of her father’s wholesale lace business. That studio is where an influential fashionista finds some of Emma’s designs. A few photos and a blog post later and Emma has the opportunity of a lifetime; a feature in her
I read this book in a short time, because it wasn't too long or hard and it looked like a fun, quick read before school started. All in all, I'd say it was good. I thought the whole idea of Emma Rose's "alter ego," worldly fashion designer Allegra Biscotti, was really cool. I also just liked the whole fashion theme and Emma's passion for designing. It was interesting to me, because I'm not one of those awesome people who can sketch and draw fabulous outfits off the top of their head and then sit ...more
Tamora Pierce
This may seem kind of light for some readers, but I loved it! A talented 8th grade designer who is losing her best friend to the school fashionistas has her work seen by mistake by the hottest editor for the hottest fashion magazine in New York. First Paige just wants a dress--then she wants a 3-piece collection! And she doesn't know the designer is only 14! With the help of her faithful friend Charlie, her favorite cloth shopper, and even some surprise assistance, can Emma pull off her disguise ...more
Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
A middle grade read that kept me laughing and falling in love with the characters until the last page. If you are a follower of this blog, you know that I don't tend to read middle grade books, but this is one not to pass on. I loved the story of a girl who is an outsider, but finds joy in her talents even though some may say she is too young to be a professional.

The trial and tribulations of high school mixed with the dream of becoming a fashion designer seemed believeable and endearing. More o
An enchanting novel for tweens.
Emma Rose is the typical 14 yo. She's supposed to focus on her grades (her mother teaches at her school) but is consumed with a crush on the new kid, soccer-playing Jackson. She's also struggling with her friendship with BFF, Holly. Holly, it seems, is enamored with and accepted by the cool girls' clique. They don't exactly welcome Emma.
She loves to design clothes. Her father, a lace warehouse owner, allows Emma to set up a little workshop in the warehouse. There s
Katie Boehmer
The Allegra Biscotti Collection is all about Emma and her life as a clothes designer. In the beginning of the story, Emma is just the average teenager in middle school. One of her best friends was Holly. Emma and Holly had been best friends ever since they were little and did everything together. When the beginning of the new school year starts, Holly starts to hang out with Ivana and her friends. In their school, Ivana and her friends are considered popular and do not want anything to do with ...more
Katie A
I write my reviews in the 5 different categories: Cover/Title, Characters, Plot, Suspense, and Overall. I rate each of these categories 1 to 5 (5 being I loved it, 1 being I hated it). SPOILER FREE REVIEW

Cover/Title: 5 out of 5
The cover was very pretty. The title made me interested right away. I also loved the illustrations inside the book. They looked very realistic.

Characters: 5 out of 5
Emma was such a relatable character. I really can understand what she's going through. I can't design clothe
The book, "The Allegra Biscotti Collection: Book 1" by Olivia Bennett is a very good book. This book does not relate to any other book I have read, which makes it very unique. This book is about a girl, named Emma Rose, who loves to design clothes. One day, a fashion editor sees her designs and asks who had made them. She then made up Allegra Biscotti. Allegra Biscotti would be her cover-up name. The editor puts the designs into the magazine. Emma continues the charade and keeps making designs. ...more
This book speaks to the teenager hidden somewhere in me that still wants to be discovered and be a star. This story is exactly like a thousand fantasies I've had myself, and so I could do nothing but love it, love it, love it. Emma is in 8th grade in real life--albeit one with a lot of unique style--working part time at her father's lace warehouse, having a pretty normal life hanging out with her few quirky friends. But her secret life exists in a corner of the warehouse where she's set up her a ...more
To me this book was the absolute best book i have ever read. It included fashion, romance and drama. The author described the main character, the school and clothing beautifully and it felt like i was in the book with Emma Rose and all of her delightful quirky friends. I want to read this over and over and over but i am currently reading *Who What Wear*(the sequel to the allegra biscotti collection) This book is for 9 to 13 year olds. I definetly recommend this book to someone who is into design ...more
Megan Ratliff
A friend of mine reccommended this book to me because of how much I love watching Jane by Design. At first I was a little apprehensive that the book was going to be unoriginal, or that it was too young for me. The cover draws you in with the various sketchings, and the bright pink ruffled dress. One of the things I loved about this books was the sketches throughout that whole story. Another was the author's quote from Coco Chanel whom I highly respect and adore!

"Fashion is not something that ex

The Allegra Biscotti Collection
The Allegra Biscotti Collection is all about Emma and her life as a secret clothes designer. This was so far one of the best books I have ever read. It shows fashion, romance and drama. The author’s main character was all about Emma Rose and her clothing, beautifully and all of her delightful friends. But now I am currently reading Who What Wear (the sequel to the Allegra Biscotti Collection). This book is for 9 to 13 year olds. I would recommend this book to som
Ok, this is definitely a YA book, and I am not a YA (sadly) but it is so much fun that an older reader can also enjoy it. Yup, it's a fantasy - an adult would be thinking further ahead - but, ahem, it isn't meant for older folks is it. And, bearing in mind that works of art by the most unlikely painters have been drooled over - just maybe, in your wildest dreams, this could happen. Whatever. It's a fantasy, but a great one. I was completely caught up in it.
Qing yi
Its all about fashion, Emma a girl who may find fashion the most interesting thing in the world than anyone else is living her dream. Emma who work with her dad to get more money to buy frabrics is getting an offer to design clothes for the next fashion line with paige young a famous fashion person. When one day paige came by to their commany ,she saw the most amazing dress ever that was made by emma.E mma couldn't tell Paige that she design the dress so she fake ooout a name, Allegra Biscotti. ...more
So as you know, I have been going back and forth on this book in the process of reading it. I really enjoyed it, but it didn't deserve a 5/5 stars rating. I do confess, this book was slow, but it was girly and kept me reading, not bored all of the time. If you are not really into fashion or characters with high extreme talrnts, this is not the book for you. Emma is a expierienced Fashion Designer and has loved fashion sincce before she could speak or wear her first Chanel. Emma is inspired by th ...more
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Olivia Bennett has had a passion for fashion since she was a young girl, putting together surprising outfits for the daily fashion show that took place in the school hallways. When not writing, Olivia can be found hot-gluing and sewing amazing DIY projects.
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