Written by Julie Mayhew
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Shortlisted for The Branford Boase Award 2014 - June 2013 Debut of the Month
***Unsuitable for younger teens.
Red Ink is an utterly compelling coming-of-age tale about superstition, denial and family myth. Though heart-breaking it is ultimately an uplifting novel that's beautifully written and marks out this talented young author as one to watch.
Red Ink by Julie Mayhew
When her mother is knocked down and killed by a London bus, fifteen-year-old Melon Fouraki is left with no family worth mentioning. Her mother, Maria, never did introduce Melon to a 'living, breathing' father. The indomitable Auntie Aphrodite, meanwhile, is hundreds of miles away on a farm in Crete, and is unlikely to be jumping on a plane and coming to East Finchley anytime soon. But at least Melon has 'The Story'. 'The Story' is the Fourakis family fairytale. A story is something.
Although Red Ink is billed as a coming-of-age tale, it would be a pity for older readers to dismiss it. There are so many nuances and such precise observations that Red Ink transcends categorisation. I loved it... Hope Whitmore, The Independent on Sunday
This is a wonderful book about the damage that lies and myths can ultimately do to a family and how the truth, though harsh, really can set you free. The Bookseller Children’s Bookseller’s Choice: February
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