Book Review: Catwalk by Melody Carlson

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It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old…or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book!

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Today’s Wild Card author is:

and the book:

Catwalk (On the Runway Book 2)

Zondervan (May 7, 2010)

***Special thanks to Krista Ocier of Zondervan for sending me a review copy.***


Melody Carlson has written more than 200 books for teens, women, and children. Before publishing, Melody traveled around the world, volunteered in teen ministry, taught preschool, raised two sons, and worked briefly in interior design and later in international adoption. “I think real-life experiences inspire the best fiction,” she says. Her wide variety of books seem to prove this theory.

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Product Details:

List Price: $9.99
Reading level: Young Adult
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Zondervan (May 7, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0310717876
ISBN-13: 978-0310717874


My Review:

I liked this book, especially from the perspective of providing reading for a teen. The story is continuing from the first book in the series, Premiere, but you don’t need to have read Premiere, to enjoy Catwalk.  Two sisters, Paige and Erin, have a TV show called, On The Runway, about fashion news.  For their show about the New York Fashion Week, they head to the Big Apple.  The sisters have very different personalities.  Paige is outgoing and loves a spotlight.  Erin is quieter and happy to work behind the scenes.  I like the message this sends to teens.  The author shows that different personalities and perspectives can contribute to a blend that is better than each separately.  The banter between the two sisters makes the book funny and I laughed out loud several times when I was reading this book. On the serious side, there are several difficult situations brought up in the book that teens face, ranging from mean girls to drunk driving.  It would be wonderful if a mother and daughter could both read the book and then use the discussion questions at the end of the book to talk about them.

The next book in the series is coming out in September and it’s called Rendezvous.  The sisters go to Paris.  I can’t wait!

Disclosure:  I was given a copy of Catwalk for review purposes.

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