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I’ve never seen Crow look so scared. And this time, she’s got a point.
We’re standing in Miss Teen’s flagship store in Oxford Street. The shop floor is huge and shiny and practically empty. For now. The perfect shopping opportunity, you might think, but oh no. We’re not shopping, we’re waiting. And we’re not the only ones. There’s just one very large pane of glass between us and the biggest, loudest mob I’ve ever seen. It’s been building up for hours. It can see us. It’s shouting our names and it’s counting down until it can reach us.
One pane of glass, that is, and a SUPERMODEL.
Svetlana Russinova is posing in the window. She’s wearing one of Crow’s little gold embroidered corset
dresses with a flirty skirt that shows off her legs. I remember Crow designing that dress last spring.

About the book

Crow is in designer heaven, Nonie's caught the eye of a gorgeous boy, Jenny's in a new play, but poor Edie's in trouble ...

The rumours are that slave children in India have been making their high-street collection. It's up to the girls to save their fashion dream.

The second fabulous book in the popular 'chic-fic' series Threads.

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Press reviews

“ ... a magical tale about four girls and their amazing adventure with fashion.”


“Threads is the next Princess Diaries – only hotter.”


Author notes

'After I wrote Threads, I knew what the girls would do next, so I sent them off to India to investigate some of the problems of child labour. How did I manage to include 20,000 historical elephants, vintage Mary Quant and plastic boots? With difficulty – that's how.'

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