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Children's Laureate 2001-2003

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The cover of 'Shades of Scarlet'

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...

"...the perfect novel for young teens... ...a very funny book... An absolute triumph of a novel..."


"As an exploration of relationships - of children, parents and new partners, friends and siblings - this rite-of-passage story is compelling, entertaining, insightful and kind."

Children's Book of the Week, Sunday Times

Shades of Scarlet, a book for older children, was published on 4th March 2021 by David Fickling Books.