A funny, moving and absorbing story about a young girl’s attempts to learn more about her dead father through the objects she finds in a cardboard box he’s left her.
Scarlett and her friend, Ellie, go on a sometimes hilarious, sometimes scary, journey of discovery, following the clues and always remembering to ‘keep looking up’. Was Scarlett’s dad a thief? Was he a spy? And what does it mean to be his daughter?
Fleur Hitchcock is a great new voice in children’s literature, and Dear Scarlett is a great book.
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“This is a great book. It’s so beautifully written, it pulls you in and refuses to let go. Perfect for everyone who likes a quirky adventure that makes you laugh and cry in equal measure.”
“One day, on the slow train to London, Scarlett climbed out of my note book and declared herself.
‘My Dad didn’t leave me much, just the tools of his trade and a head for heights, but he did teach me the difference between right and wrong. He was very good at that, even though he was dead.’
That was it, nothing more, she didn’t give me any more clues.
For the rest of the journey, I tried to find out more about her. I needed to know where she lived, who her dad was, whether she had any brothers and sisters. I knew she lived in the watercress beds, that much was obvious, and she had to be good at gym – and she needed a friend. By the time I reached London, the first chapter had spilled out onto the page along with pictures of penguins and keys, and a host of other things from Scarlett’s life.”