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Publication date11th October 2010
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Julia Eccleshare's comment:
Winner of the Kelpies Prize 2010 for new Scottish writing for children. A thrilling adventure set at a time of total devastation. Red fever is sweeping the earth. Almost everyone is dead and those that remain are struggling to cope with the aftermath. When Toby’s sister falls dangerously ill, he and his father set off on a mad mission by boat to save her life. Can they find the medicine they need? And how will they stay safe from the pirates?
The Lovereading Comment:
A post-apocalyptic adventure where Toby and his dad race to find medicine that will cure his younger sister after a terrible virus has wiped out much of the human population. The eagerly awaited sequel to Red Fever, Black Tide, is published at the end of May 2012. We have an exclusive extract of Black Tide to whet your appetite.
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SynopsisRed Fever by Caroline Clough
A terrible virus has wiped out much of the human population and Scotland is now a wasteland, overrun by wild dogs. Toby's little sister Sylvie is dangerously ill and his family set out in a boat along the Aberdeenshire coast in desperate search of medicine. On their journey they battle for food and fuel, try to outwit lawless pirates and struggle to stay one step ahead of the ever-more powerful dogs and their mighty leader Cerberus. But will they find a cure for Sylvie before it's too late?
'[Red Fever] is a great book and I really enjoyed it. Being able to link with the places in the book as they are located in Aberdeen and being able to visualize the setting really added to the book. Having a good local author is a great luxury. Not only was the setting a great aspect of the novel, but the storyline was gripping. There was so much happening that I just wanted to keep reading on to find out what was going to happen next; it was a book I just couldn't put down. Also I felt like I personally knew the characters, as I slowly grew attached to them, and that made the story even more interesting as I couldn't stop reading because I wanted to find out what happened to the characters.' Greig Torpey, aged 15, Aberdeenshire
'I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I love how the author has made lots of problems for the characters to solve, instead of just one ... This book is great for children from 9+ who love adventure stories. I definitely think Caroline Clough should write more children's books, maybe even some more about Toby.' Harriet Johnson-Gibbs, aged 10
'An atmospheric beginning to this story hooks the reader into a tale of survival against all odds for Toby and his family in this end of the world thriller... This is an excellent read with incisive narrative and sharp dialogue.' - Just Imagine
'This blood pumping story gives you a rush of adrenaline and the only medicine is to read it right to the last page.' - Owen Roberts, Carousel
'This gripping story of a post-epidemic world will keep readers spellbound.. The dramatic tale makes fine reading; the North Sea setting with Scots characters and dialect add interest.' - The Yellow Brick Road
'Wow!' - Crazed Mind
About The Author
Caroline Clough was born and raised in Yorkshire but has lived in Scotland for 30 years. She lives with her husband, two children, and a menagerie of pets, in rural Aberdeenshire outside Turrif.
Her first novel for children, Red Fever, won the Kelpies Prize 2010. Caroline came very close to not entering the prize at all. She discovered an advert for the prize in a writing magazine just ten days before the deadline in February. Regretfully Caroline threw out the magazine and spent a sleepless night thinking about what she could have written.
“In the morning I became convinced that I could write 40,000 words in ten days!” says Caroline. “This sounds like sheer madness now — I’m not sure where I got the confidence to do it, but as soon as I had finished my chores I came in and started.”
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