The 5th Grade Review Club Presents: SEW ZOEY with BONUS Interview!

5 01 2014

by Mikala


    Sew Zoey: Stitches and Stones

by Chloe Taylor is about a girl named Zoey who likes to sew. The book starts when it’s school spirit week at her school and she’s very excited. She has a blog, but soon cyber bullies start posting mean comments about her and her outfits. Someone also plays a prank on her during hat day. Then a magazine editor discovered her blog and wanted her to be their featured girl. So she had her friends come over for the shot. Sew Zoey is a very exciting and interesting book.

I think this book should be included in the library because it’s about how harmful cyberbulling can be and it’s also inspiring to read about someone with so many creative ideas. I think this book would appeal to people who are creative.

Mikala asked Chloe about her work, life, and fashion sense — read her answers below:

What is you favorite part of the writing process, why?

My favorite part of the writing process is revising. That’s where the magic really happens in writing. It’s like in fashion where you take a basic dress and tailor it perfectly and then find the perfect shoes and accessories so you end up with a totally fabulous look.

Did you or someone you know ever get cyber bullied?

I’ve received some scary emails and I know people who have been cyber bullied. That’s why I think it’s very important for everyone to think carefully about how they behave online. It’s too easy to forget that there’s a person with feelings that can be hurt when you’re typing something on the computer or on a phone, and also that there can be real life, lasting consequences for your actions if you post something mean.

How did you come up with the outfits Zoey makes?

Sometimes I find inspiration for Zoey’s outfits by looking at the shapes, colors, and patterns in everyday objects—including things like the swirly shape of frozen yogurt! Other times, I start with a theme that ties into how Zoey is feeling, like “tied up in knots,” and find a way to work knots into the clothing. Most of all, I try to think about what might be fun for her to wear. Then the illustrator, Nancy Zhang, takes the concepts and runs with them in the sketches. I get worried sometimes that I’m going to run out of new ideas, but so far, so good!

SEW ZOEY: STITCHES AND STONES is first in a super fun series–so you can enjoy this first volume and many more!


Kate DiCamillo named National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

2 01 2014


“The theme of hope and belief amid impossible circumstances is a common thread in much of Kate DiCamillo’s writing. In her instant No. 1 New York Times best-seller “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” (2006), a haughty china rabbit undergoes a profound transformation after finding himself face down on the ocean floor — lost and waiting to be found. “The Tale of Despereaux” (2003), the Newbery Medal-winning novel that later inspired an animated adventure from Universal Pictures, stars a tiny mouse with exceptionally large ears who is driven by love to become an unlikely hero. And “The Magician’s Elephant” (2009), an acclaimed and exquisitely paced fable, dares to ask the question, What if?”

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