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‘busk: to perform music in the streets and other public places for money’

That’s the official dictionary definition. I checked it on Dad’s computer before we came out, while I was waiting for Ava to remember where she’d put her flute case. But there was another version underneath:

‘busk it [informal]: to do something as well as you can, without much preparation’
That’s the one we need, my sister and me. We aren’t so much busking as busking it. And I have a feeling it shows.

About the book

Ted is 15, and ... oh yes ... tall.

When she's spotted by a model agency, she can't believe it.

At the same time, Ted's fashionista sister, Ava, is diagnosed with cancer. With her world turned upside down, Ted has a lot of growing up to do, some of it in five-inch platforms. Should she be the model sister for Ava? Life in front of the camera is harder than it looks. And will she still be smiling when it’s over?

From the award-winning author of the Threads series comes a bittersweet story about looking beyond what’s skin-deep and two sisters brought together by love and looks, Burberry and baldness.

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Press reviews

“A bittersweet take on families, love, looks and what's really important.”


“Ted was so the type of girl I would love to be friends with. I really wish she was real!”


“A fantastically engaging story with lovely morale and a touching storyline.”


“The Look deepens [Bennett's] considerable emotional range ... has you laughing one moment and crying the next.”


Author notes

'What would you do if you had the chance to become a model? A fan of Threads asked me, and at first I wasn't sure about the answer. Here, at last, is my reply ...'

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