Gold medal winner of the 2016 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards!
Nineteen-year-old Ivy Redd's talent with a needle and thread has earned her a spot on a coveted reality TV art competition set in New York's Metropolitan Museum. The prize: a significant amount of money and instant acceptance into the Masterpiecers, the school that ensures new artists fame and fortune. Her talent has also thrust her and her twin sister, Aster, into the spotlight.
Not that Aster needed help with becoming a media favorite. She managed that on her own by running over a wanted Mafioso. She told the police it was self-defense, because she couldn't tell them the truth - the truth would make her sister look bad.
Locked in an Indiana jail to await her trial, Aster watches Ivy on the small TV hanging in the dayroom. It's the highlight of her day, until she finds out what her sister truly thinks of her. Then, observing her sister becomes a punishment far crueler than imprisonment.
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I have listened to this series back to front, but it certainly didn't spoil my enjoyment. This is a book that is so full it's bursting at the seams. You have crime, corruption, love, hate, evil and kindness all in the mix. Ivy and Aster Redd are wonderfully drawn characters with whom I became very emotionally involved and, at times, my heart really broke for poor Aster. This is such a carefully thought out and involving story. Each thread is brilliant and engaging in its own right, and when they finally come together the result is more genius and inspired than one of Ivy's prize quilts! The narrator was excellent and definitely brought an added level of enjoyment to an already totally absorbing book. Ms Wildenstein has created a masterpiece of her own and I would really like to give this book more than 5 stars. A truly exquisite book
- Melanie Preston Lewis