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The House of Serendipity

When talented young tailor Myrtle Mathers becomes a maid for the Cartwright family, she thinks her days of sketching and stitching are over for good. That is, until Sylvia Cartwright runs into a big problem — her older sister's debutante ball is about to be ruined by a truly horrendous dress. Desperate, Sylvia calls on Myrtle to help her save the night, and a serendipitous partnership begins.

Their design catches the eye of London's debutantes, so when one practically begs Myrtle and Sylvia to dress her, the two girls make a plan: create something special for her without revealing their true identities. If people find out what Myrtle and Sylvia are up to, it could spell disaster for the girls' futures.

But as it turns out, the debutante is looking for more than just a gorgeous outfit — she needs a disguise that will help her escape high-society life forever. And for Myrtle and Sylvia, what starts as a plan to prove their design skills soon becomes a secret mission to defy expectations. A fabulous, fantastical adventure through 1920s London, this delightful series opener celebrates the magic of friendship, fashion, and being yourself.

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"The team doesn’t stop there, next helping out Sylvia’s friend Lady Agapantha, who engages them in plotting her escape to explore the Amazon — disguised as a young man. The pair sets to work on a wardrobe full of trousers and a plan that includes deceit, breaking class ranks, and ignoring many of society’s expectations of young women.... A charming tale of sisterhood woven together with fashion, history, and subterfuge." — Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

Recommended Age 8 - 12
Author Lucy Ivison
Illustrator Lucy Truman
ISBN 0593204727
Publication Date Jul 6, 2021
Publisher Razorbill
Language English