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.
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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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