Dear Scarlett Paperback – 7 Feb 2013
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About the Author
Born in Chobham and raised outside Winchester, Fleur Hitchcock grew up as the youngest child of three. She spent her smallest years reading Tintin and Batman, and searching for King Alfred's treasure. She grew up a little, went away to school near Farnham, studied English in Wales, and, for the next twenty years, sold Applied Art in the city of Bath. When her younger child was seven, she embarked on the Writing for Young People MA at Bath Spa and graduated with a distinction. Now living outside Bath, between parenting and writing, Fleur works with her husband, a toymaker, looks after other people's gardens and tries to grow vegetables.
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Scarlett's dad was a thief. He died years ago but as she turns 11, a package for her is delivered. With picklocks, photos and a copy of Gone with the Wind inside. A good start to a children's book, full of the promise of action.
There is the not-unusual 'child detective' storyline here as Scarlett and her 'friend' Ellie (who she begrudgingly let's join in) search for her dad's inheritance. Their relationship grows quietly over the course of the book, it's nicely done.
There is also the touching storyline of Scarlett trying to live up to her father's ideal, with some hilarious consequences (the penguin episode is my favourite). And a wish-fulfilment Sweet Shop chapter... Sigh!
And there's the bad guys after the thief's takings. This seemed a bit wishy-washy.
It may sound routine. But the story rattles along, the girls are likeable (though the villains are mundane), the conclusion heartwarming. A great little drama with lots for a reader to think about.
For confident readers 9-12.
it shows how easy it is to misunderstand important things or to do something without thinking of the consequences.
On her journey with slightly irritating step-sister Ellie, she finds clues left from her father, tools, cards and postcards. But tracking her father's life down is hard - especially when half the population seem to know that her father had been paid in diamonds! But it's even harder with the Lady Mayoress and her brother on their tails - all for the diamonds, they seem to know every step of Ellie and Scarlett.
Enjoy this book and have a great time on the couch!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great children's book with a plot to get your teeth into although I wonder if children would get bored waiting for the climax.Published 7 months ago by clarachuck
An absolutely great book for 8-12 year old girls. A clever book which could not be put down once you start reading it.Published 7 months ago by whu fan
This book had me gripped!There was constantly and cliff hanger round the corner,I just couldn't put this book down. Read morePublished 16 months ago by lydia wood
Really good book
I suggest getting this book because it is a very interesting read.
It kept me up most nights to try and see what happened.
Appealed to the 14 year old it was intended for, she said it was a good read and she enjoyed it. Age appropriate.Published 19 months ago by Christianne Pask
Lovely book. Superbly written for 9+. I really enjoyed it, excellent till the last word. It makes you want to keep reading on and on. Brilliant Absolutely brilliant!Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
Innocent "detective" story along the lines of Enid Blyton, 101 dalmatians etc and all those other simple adventure stories involving young people, a mystery to solve and an... Read morePublished on 28 Jun. 2014 by Book chatter
Nice little story for a young girl to read, not a lot of content but got me to sleep at nightPublished on 20 Feb. 2014 by Geri