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May 2014 Book of the Month - Winner of the Little Rebels Book Award 2015 - Longlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal Gill Lewis is renowned for her stories about powerful and beneficial relationships between animals and children. Scarlet Ibis is an emotional story about how befriending birds can help to heal Red, a little boy with complex difficulties. In Scarlet’s troubled life only one thing matters; keeping her little brother Red safe. But that’s easier said than done as Red is hard to manage and Scarlet’s mum is no help. When disaster strikes their fragile family, Scarlet and Red are separated. As Scarlet grows stronger in a new environment she finds a way of making sure Red is safe forever.
Scarlet Ibis has won the Little Rebels Book Award 2015. The award, which is for children’s fiction for readers any age up to 12 that promotes social justice, went to Scarlet Ibis because it “raises awareness of the care system, mental health issues and the challenges facing young carers”, said the judges.
Kim Reynolds, professor of children’s literature at Newcastle University, and a judge of the award, said: “All the judges agreed that Scarlet Ibis stands out as a book that not only fulfils the criteria for the award but is also excellently crafted. Birds, especially the scarlet ibis, weave the book’s multiple storylines together and provide a moving backdrop for a story that celebrates the often overlooked courage, loyalty and competence of children.”
Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.
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 ...
a gritty, more realistic story than her previous books but she tackles racism, isolation and the importance of acceptance and belonging with great sensitivity and intelligence, using flawed but believable characters to create a highly original narrative - The Daily Mail
Praise for Gill Lewis novels:
Opens your eyes, touches your heart, and is so engaging it almost turns the pages for you. Michael Morpurgo
Moving, gripping and full of well-drawn, convincing characters, this is a powerful and inspirational book Daily Mail
Exciting yet sensitive, tender and thought-provoking. Booktrust
... a beautiful read with a fast paced plot and ends with an uplifting message of emotional survival and hope. We Love This Book
This is a lyrical, emotive, engrossing adventure. Sunday Times, Nicolette Jones
A beautifully-told, nail-biting tale, that will inspire and empower anyone who reads it. Kate Humble
I absolutely loved this beautiful tale of friendship and hope. There's obvious appeal for fans of Lauren St John and Michael Morpurgo, and she's most definitely a writer to watch. Bookseller
Lewis has quickly established herself as a leading children's writer: OUP put her sales at more than 120,000 copies since Sky Hawk in 2011. This is top of my reading pile. Fiona Noble, The Bookseller
I absolutely loved this: a deeply moving account of two siblings sent to live with foster families. Fiona Noble, The Bookseller
Publication date: 01/01/2015
Publisher: Oxford University Press
|Publication date:||1st May 2014|
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Genres:||Family / Home Stories, General Fiction|
|Recommendations:||Books of the Month, eBooks, Reviewed by Children|
Gill Lewis worked as a vet in the UK and across the world before becoming the acclaimed author of several books for children, including Sky Hawk and Gorilla Dawn. Gill’s writing has earned her numerous awards such as the UKLA Children’s Book Award and the Little Rebel Award, and several nominations for prestigious awards including the CILIP Carnegie Medal. Gill lives in Somerset.More About Gill Lewis