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Shades of Scarlet

Written by Anne Fine

Key Stage 3 Family / Home Stories Funny

LoveReading View on Shades of Scarlet

A funny and heartwarming tale of growing up and getting wise

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

Shades of Scarlet Synopsis

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 Press Reviews

'This rite-of-passage story is compelling, entertaining, insightful and kind' Sunday Times Children's Book of the Week

'The perfect novel for young teens... An absolute triumph of a novel' BookTrust

'This is a brilliant as well as a timely novel' Books for Keeps

'A funny and heart-warming tale of growing up and getting wise' LoveReading4Kids

Book Information

ISBN: 9781788451376
Publication date: 3rd February 2022
Author: Anne Fine
Publisher: David Fickling Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 288 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 3
Topics: Divorce, Family / Home Stories, Family Issues, Funny

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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