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Scarlet Ibis
Written by:
Gill Lewis 
Read by:
Lisa Moule 
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
4 hours 29 minutes 
July 01 2023 
Available Date:
July 01 2023 
Age Category:
Children (10+) 
Fiction; Animals; Children; Children's Fiction 
Bolinda audio 
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Award winning author
UK Author

Longlisted Carnegie Medal 2015
Winner Little Rebels Award 2015

When a fire leaves 12-year-old Scarlet in a different foster home than her autistic little brother, she tracks a bird to find her way back to him in this deeply moving story from the author of Moon Bear.

Twelve-year-old Scarlet doesn't have an easy life. She's never known her dad, her mum suffers from depression and her younger brother Red has Asperger's and relies heavily on her to make the world a safe place for him. Scarlet does this by indulging Red's passion for birds, telling him stories about the day they'll go to Trinidad and see all the wonderful birds there (especially his beloved Scarlet Ibis), saving her money to take him to the zoo, helping him collect bird feathers and even caring for a baby pigeon who is nesting outside his window. But things with her mum are getting harder, and after a dangerous accident, Scarlet and Red are taken into foster care and separated. As Scarlet struggles to cope with the sudden changes in her life and her complex feelings towards her mum, the one thing she won't give up on is finding Red. Nothing is going to get in her way – even if it might destroy the new possibilities offered to her by her foster family.

'I absolutely loved this; a deeply moving account of two siblings sent to live with different foster families.'
The Bookseller

'A story that celebrates the often overlooked courage, loyalty and competence of children.'
Books for Keeps

'We all expect Gill Lewis, as an incredible bestselling author, to give us the best – and here, she definitely did. In one word, this book was perfect.'
The Guardian

'A touching and emotional, but never sentimental, realistic read, which grips from start to finish. Superb!'
The School Librarian