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Cathy Brett
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2 Sep 2010

You're dead Scarlett...

Previously a poor taste jibe from school frenemies, now a statement of fact.

Scarlett is absolutely mortified (in more ways than one) to discover that she's accidentally killed herself while trying to get out of a school trip. Even worse, she's taken her entire family with her.

Life as a ghost is pretty dull - if only some of her friends were dead too...

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Headline (2 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755347870
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755347872
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 689,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cathy Brett has been scribbling stuff since she could hold a crayon - on paper, on walls, sometimes on her sister! At school she was hopeless at maths and cross-country running but quite good at scribbling and doodling (achieving A-Levels in both) She attended Doodling College then doodled professionally for a number of years - as a fashion illustrator, as a jet-setting spotter of global trends and as a consultant to the behemoths of the British high street - until trying children's book doodling and having a go at scribbling them too.
She lectures in design and visits schools around the country, trying to convince students, teachers and parents that scribbling and doodling are proper jobs.

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Meet Scarlett's Creator--Cathy Brett

Who is Scarlett Dedd?
Scarlett is a pale, morbidly-obsessive teenager who would rather fake an authentic-looking, life-threatening stomach bug than go on a school trip. Trouble is the stomach bug ends up being anything but fake and completely, in fact.

Your books are full of cool illustrations--what made you decide to put pictures into your books?
When I made the transition from reading picture books to 'proper' books as a kid, I couldn't believe that the pictures suddenly disappeared. Poor, adults, I thought, to have no lovely illustrations to look at. I've been flummoxed by that youthful disappointment ever since. Being an illustrator long before I was a writer, it was pretty obvious I would have to illustrate my fiction and today's teens are so visually sophisticated I thought they deserved it!

Your main characters in Scarlett Dedd make very gruesome amateur horror films. Where did you get your inspiration from? Are you a horror film fan?
Some recent horror films scare the pants off me, but I love the classics (like Scarlett and her mates). I'm fascinated by the way that terror and laughter are very close emotional neighbours. I find horror films make great 'date' movies. Ever laughed all the way through something gory? Well, I don't tend to laugh much at romcoms and my dates never do, but they like it when I need comforting during a 90 minute bloodbath! My inspiration in Scarlett Dedd was a real group of teenagers who make the funniest and most disgusting horror videos. Priceless! So cool, that they just had to end up in a book!

Is it true you have a secret recipe for fake blood?
I have several--some tomato product-based, some using syrup. A blood-type for all occasions!

At times Scarlett Dedd is very spooky, did you have to write it hiding behind the sofa? What scares you?
Would you believe I'm totally scared of the dark? I think it's the 'unknown' thing--shapes lurking in corners, monsters under the bed, axe-wielding psychos about to leap out at you! The usual.

Will Scarlett Dedd and Ember Fury ever meet?
Ooo, wouldn't that be cool? Some minor characters do seem to be popping up in other books--I wonder if my readers will spot them--so I'd love to bring them all together. They definitely exist in the same universe (my head!) so, yes, I think it might happen.

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Cathy Brett's debut book, EMBER FURY, was selected as Children's Book of the Month at Borders.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not great 7 Nov 2010
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
With modern ghost stories featuring more principle characters who are on the wrong side of deceased becoming all the rage, the author has to do something a bit different and special to stand out from the crowd.

Here, in this title, is a book that is more UK based than anything else, it's reasonable and with an online blog to follow, adds to its own build up allowing the reader to get quite into the title as well as getting to know the "players" a bit better. Add to this, that it's aimed at the younger teen market and it's OK, however be aware of the odd swear word.

The major problem with this title is that whilst the idea's are there, the characters really aren't fully formed leaving them feeling flat as well as possibly quite "jokey" and when compared to the complexities alongside world building of other titles within the genre such as Ghost Girl fall short of what today's readers expect. With luck future books in this series will correct this oversight but personally if you're looking for this type of title for the forthcoming holidays, then go for Ghost Girl.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really Original 23 Nov 2010
By Dot
I loved this book, I loved the idea, the illustrations and most of all Scarlett herself! Basically by chapter three, Scarlett is actually dead and what follows is the tale of her adjusting to her new existence and devising ways in which to make her old and still alive friends notice her.
There are illustrations by the author throughout the book and they bring the whole thing to life. At times, the text takes on different shapes and fits around the pictures, I think this is a very appealing way of presenting the book and would very much be enjoyed by young adult readers.
Cathy Brett has all the spooky elements that you would want from a book where the main character is dead. Scarlett has to learn some haunting tricks which are not initially well received by her old friends. I really warmed to Scarlett and even though she does do some extremely dodgy things, I did feel sorry for her. As she says, being a dead teenager sucks, she misses her friends and you do begin to wonder how she will ever be happy.
Scarlett Dedd is a brilliant graphic novel, Cathy Brett's story and illustrations come together to make a book that will be enjoyed by readers of many different ages.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun and wonderfully illustrated 22 Sep 2010
Cathy Brett's Scarlett Dedd is the first graphic novel I've read in years. I do not have a lot to compare Scarlett Dedd to, but even for a non art enthusiast, I was blown away by the illustrations in this book - so brilliantly done! It's very detailed, very vivid and so real to life. I can look at them over and over again and never tire.

Scarlett Dedd is not only one of the best illustrated novels I've ever come across, it's also one of the funniest. Scarlett, our protagonist, dies in the stupidest (her words, not mine!) way, and or the most pathetic of reasons - you have to read the book to discover how, as doing so is one of the fun things about this book. Scarlett Dedd feels like an interactive novel, as I was always looking forward to the next illustration and find myself examining all the details and matching it with the text when I do. I also hugely enjoyed the conversations in this book - they are genuinely british, what with the British slangs. I absolutely love it!

I'll have you know that I probably damaged my guts laughing my head off at all Scarlett's antics. She's such a fresh, vivacious and infectious character, I wanted to pull her pictures off the page and bring her to life. She's determined and resilient, albeit a little misguided. Her naivety sometimes grated at my nerves, but this book shows an in depth character development and maturity, in which Scarlett discovers the thin line between right and wrong, her own strength and weakness and ultimately her place in life (afterlife?). The supporting characters are just as fun. Teens and adults alike are just as mischievous and entertaining as Scarlett.

There appears to be a lack of emotions from the secondary characters though -interestingly, apart from Psycho (lol!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Funny and Original 2 Sep 2010
By A. Kerr
This book was kind of awesome, seriously. For the first two thirds of the book I was just enjoying it and I liked it but the final third made me really like it. It was fast paced and hilarious in a sort of melancholy Tim Burton kind of way.

I loved all the characters, they were quirky and yet weirdly realistic - I loved that Cathy showed the immaturity of the teenagers because a lot of books I read, although I like them, they seem to try and turn all of the characters (except the antagonists, of course) into these deep philosophical people and it was refreshing to read a book where the kids acted like kids and the teens acted like teens and the parents were actually present and parent-like.

I really liked that it was broken up with her blog entries and chatroom logs, it made the book really... fun, I guess is the right word.

I'm pretty much fascinated with the whole ghost thing, I love reading books about it, and I loved the world Cathy created -- her version of the afterlife is one of my favourites I've read so far and it's funny, because it doesn't seem very plausable and yet it's written in a way that makes it seem really realistic. I actually wish it was real.

I adored the illustrations in the book and actually, my only complaint was that some of the pages were a little awkward/hard to read because the writing was swirled round in a weird way (in the ice skating chapter) or the words were printed over a dark illustration so they weren't very clear.

Anyway, I loved the book and really recommend it. And I also really hope there's gonna be a sequel, I'm going to look that up once I finish writing this.
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