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Scarlet Ibis

Written by Gill Lewis

Scarlet Ibis Synopsis

Longlisted for the 2015 Carnegie Medal. Red asks, 'Will we always be together?' 'Always,' I say. 'Just you and me in that little boat, watching the scarlet ibis flying back to the Caroni Swamp.' Scarlet's used to looking after her brother, Red. He's special - different. Every night she tells him his favourite story - about the day they'll fly far away to the Caroni Swamp in Trinidad, where thousands of birds fill the sky. But when Scarlet and Red are split up and sent to live with different foster families, Scarlet knows she's got to do whatever it takes to get her brother back . . . Once read, never forgotten - this is the deeply moving new story from award-winning author Gill Lewis, now available in paperback.

Scarlet Ibis Press Reviews

'heart-wrenching and emotional ... I was totally gripped' * Teaching English * 'a story that celebrates the often overlooked courage, loyalty and competence of children.' * Books for Keeps * 'A touching and emotional, but never sentimental, realistic read, which grips from start to finish. Superb!' * Liz Smith, The School Librarian * 'I thought this book was amazing! ... I would recommend this book to people that like animals.' * Olivia Markey, Teen Titles * 'An inspiring tale about how befriending birds helps Red and helps the family stay together.' * Teen Titles * 'I loved reading Scarlet Ibis. I wanted to stay up all night to finish reading it. It is packed full of emotions. There are some sad moments, but some happy moments too.' * Isabella, age 11 * 'Scarlet Ibis is really good. The description is magic. I think Gill is one of the best authors ever!' * Eva, age 10 * 'Every page is a rollercoaster of exciting events and I never knew what the next page might bring.' * Harry, age 13 * 'I really loved Scarlet Ibis! I could not stop reading from the moment I started. It was so enticing, you just wanted to know what happens next!' * Emma, age 10 * 'I thought the book was AMAZING just like all of Gill Lewis's other books! It was good all the way through and I couldn't stop reading! It was brilliant and very realistic!!' * Aisling, age 11 * 'I absolutely loved this; a deeply moving account of two siblings sent to live with different foster families.' * Fiona Noble, The Bookseller *

Book Information

ISBN: 9780192793560
Publication date: 4th December 2014
Author: Gill Lewis
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 224 pages

About Gill Lewis

Gill Lewis spent much of her childhood in the garden where she ran a small zoo and a veterinary hospital for creepy-crawlies, mice, and birds. When she grew up she became a real vet and travelled from the Arctic to Africa in search of interesting animals and places. Gill now writes books for children. Her previous novels, Sky Hawk, White Dolphin, and Moon Bear published to worldwide critical acclaim and have been translated into more than twenty languages. She lives in the depths of Somerset with her husband and three children and writes from a tree house in the company ...

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