Red Sky in the Morning by Elizabeth Laird

Red Sky in the Morning

Written by Elizabeth Laird
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Highly Commended for the Carnegie Medal and runner-up for the Children's Book Award, Red Sky in the Morning is remarkably moving and beautifully narrated. A teenage girl worships and adores her disabled little brother but can’t bring herself to tell her friends that he’s anything but normal as she terrified what her peers will think. That is until romance blossoms and her secret gets out but thankfully sympathy and understanding abound.


Red Sky in the Morning by Elizabeth Laird

Twelve-year-old Anna is looking forward to the birth of her baby brother. Ben arrives, but he is handicapped. Anna loves him with her whole heart, but she finds herself unable to admit the truth of Ben's condition to her school friends. Eventually, the truth gets out and leads not to the ridicule Anna expected, but sympathy and understanding.


A wonderfully moving story -- Times Educational Supplement

About the Author

Elizabeth Laird

ELIZABETH LAIRD was born in New Zealand of Scottish parents. On leaving university, she lived and taught for some time in Addis Ababa, where she fell in love with Ethiopia’s stunning landscapes and brace, enduring people. Since her first trip to the country in her early twenties, Liz has travelled extensively all over Ethiopia (and indeed the world), and everywhere she went she saw boys and girls running. Running to school, running to work. They ran and ran. In every young heart the ambition to win gold for their country was beating. These young runners with their huge dreams have stayed with Liz and inspired the story of The Fastest Boy in the World.

In between her travels in Ethiopia, Malaysia and India, Liz also lived for some time in Lebanon, Iraq and Austria with her husband and two sons. After leaving Austria she and her husband decided to earn their living as writers, settling in London: since then, she has written over 30 books for children, has been shortlisted five times for the CILIP Carnegie Medal as well as every other major children’s book award. Liz now lives with her husband, splitting their time between London and Edinburgh.

Elizabeth Laird's books have been translated into 15 languages.

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272 pages
Interest Age: From 7


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Publication date

11th February 2016




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