The Fash­ion Com­mit­tee By Su­san Juby (Pen­guin, 305 pages, $21.99, ages 12 and up)

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Cloth­ing has al­ways been a big fea­ture in Juby’s writ­ing: here it’s the fo­cal point. Char­lie has al­ways loved the pos­si­bil­i­ties of fash­ion, and when she sees an ad for a schol­ar­ship to a pri­vate arts school, she’s de­ter­mined to com­pete. The same day, surly John also de­cides to com­pete. The story pro­gresses through al­ter­nat­ing “fash­ion jour­nals” - but the jour­nals be­come as much con­fes­sion­als as de­sign note­books. Char­lie’s fa­ther has been in and out of drug re­hab, and her re­al­is­tic as­sess­ment of his be­hav­iour, and her own balanced sense of the lim­its of her re­spon­si­bil­ity give this novel un­usual depth.

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