Mickey Williams has always dreamed of being a famous fashion designer. It's why she works so hard on her assignments at the Fashion Academy of Brooklyn, the premiere school for aspiring designers. So when Mickey accidentally bumps into famous supermodel Gigi Harlow, who proclaims that she simply must have Mickey's self-designed purse, Mickey's dreams are suddenly much closer than she ever could have hoped!
Then, Mickey runs into Gigi's rival, Kendyll Jansen, at a big fashion event. Kendyll also loves Mickey's designs—so much so that she wants Mickey to design her gown for the Met Costume Ball, NYC's biggest fashion event! But will Mickey's designs send these warring models over the edge?
At the Fashion Academy of Brooklyn, FAB is a way of life.
Fashion-forward MacKenzie "Mickey" Williams is thrilled to be accepted to FAB Middle School (Fashion Academy of Brooklyn), a school that serves as a training ground for the fashion designers of tomorrow. (Their motto, "We are SEW FAB"). But when her daring fashion and stellar grades turn the Fab A-listers green with envy, Mickey discovers that standing out doesn't always make it easy to fit in. So when friendly classmate JC comes up with a plan to help Mickey fit in, she decides to take the ultimate fashion risk-ditch her personal style for good.
One mega makeover later, pink-haired Mickey Williams mysteriously disappears, and the trendy, blonde "Kenzie Wills" shows up on the FAB scene, blending with the other students in a way Mickey never could. But when Mickey starts to lose herself to "Kenzie," she's not sure that fitting in is worth cutting herself down to size...
Through the eyes of ten-year-old Annemarie, we watch as the Danish Resistance smuggles almost the entire Jewish population of Denmark, nearly seven thousand people, across the sea to Sweden. The heroism of an entire nation reminds us that there was pride and human decency in the world even during a time of terror and war.
Winner of the 1990 Newbery Medal.