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Shades of Scarlet

Written by Anne Fine

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Shades of Scarlet Review

Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 13+ readers Featured Books for Young Adults Funny Personal Social Health Economic (PSHE) Personal Social Health Economic (PSHE)

A funny and heartwarming tale of growing up and getting wise

A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month April 2021

Award-winning author and former Children’s Laureate Anne Fine has a rare gift for revealing family relationships accurately and painfully but with laugh out loud humour. She is at her best unpicking the complicated feelings around family break up and exploring the devious means all parties have of keeping secrets and uncovering the truth. When Scarlet’s dynamic mother decides to leave her quieter father Scarlet has to go with her. Luckily, she can still see her dad at weekends and she still has her best friend Alice to share everything with. Gradually Scarlet finds that there are other people to think about too including her mother’s new boyfriend and the possible new partner for her father. She also finds she has a lot to learn about her parents as individuals as well as in relationship to her. Anne Fine is as full of family insight and humour as ever.   

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

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Julia Eccleshare's Picks for April 2021

Burning Sunlight by Anthea Simmons

Shades of Scarlet by Anne Fine

The Day the Screens Went Blank by Danny Wallace & Gemma Correll

Fourteen Wolves by Catherine Barr & Jenni Desmond

Weirdo by Zadie Smith, Nick Laird & Magenta Fox

Ruffles and the Red, Red Coat by David Melling 

The Duck Who Didn't Like Water by Steve Small

An Alien in the Jam Factory by Chrissie Sains

Shades of Scarlet Synopsis

Every teenager remembers when they realized how disappointing their parents actually are. Scarlet’s feeling that in spades. Her mum has left for a new life with a new love, and her dad’s just hopeless. She’s feeling stuck in the middle.

When Mum gives her the notebook, Scarlet should be happy. It's beautiful, with its shiny scarlet cover and its blank pages full of promise. But Scarlet is absolutely not in the mood for a peace offering. Does Mum really think she can tear their family apart and expect Scarlet to be happy about it? And it's Dad's fault too. Why didn't he fight to keep them all together? Now Scarlet has to start a new life, and none of it was her choice. Scarlet decides there's only one thing she can write in the notebook. The truth, about everything...

Shades of Scarlet is a deeply insightful, sharply funny book, about how growing up means coming to terms with your parents’ lives being just as messy as your own.

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ISBN: 9781788451376
Publication date: 03/02/2022
Publisher: David Fickling Books
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781788451352
Publication date: 04/03/2021
Publisher: David Fickling Books
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781788451352
Publication date: 4th March 2021
Author: Anne Fine
Publisher: David Fickling Books
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 288 pages
Suitable for: 13+ readers, YA readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories, Funny, Personal Social Health Economic , Personal Social Health Economic
Recommendations: Julia Eccleshare's Picks
Collections: 2021 Preview - Mega Books on the Horizon, 30 Kids Books about Changing Families, Separation and Divorce, 20 Kids Books that celebrate Family Diversity,

About Anne Fine

Anne Fine was our Guest Editor in July 2011 Anne Fine is a distinguished writer for both adults and children.  Her novel Goggle-Eyes won the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize as well as Britain’s most coveted award for children’s literature, the Carnegie Medal. She won the Carnegie Medal again for Flour Babies, which also won the Whitbread Children’s Book of the Year Award. Among her many other prizes are the Smarties Prize for Bill’s New Frock, a second Whitbread Award for The Tulip Touch, a silver Nestle prize for Ivan the ...

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