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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Nosy Crow (7 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857631500
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857631503
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 245,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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This book was great. It had me on the edge of my chair and I didn't put it down. I think Scarlett's character was a great person and the lady mayoress and co. were great at stirring it up constantly. Great book, recommend for 11+!
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Gripping, funny and poignant, this is an adventure story for anyone who wants to read a page-turner about a non-girly girl. Scarlett is brave and principled but doesn't always do the right thing. With her sometimes annoying step-sister, Scarlett has to travel a path of diamonds, gangsters, bullies and penguins to piece together the clues left to her by her dead father in order to find out who he really was, and in turn, who she will turn out to be.
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A great bit of writing for children.
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.
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a brilliant storyline and a good mystery that shows the curiosity and confidence that goes through the girls heads in the story as well as being picked on a lot.
it shows how easy it is to misunderstand important things or to do something without thinking of the consequences.
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Do you and your family enjoy stories about diamonds and mysterious things to discover? If so, this is the story for you, a tale about Scarlett, an eleven year old who wishes to know more about her dead father, a known criminal and burglar.

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!
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Dear Scarlett is a book of danger and discovery. It I sure to send your minds spinning with the adventures of Scarlett and her new friend Ellie as they try to unlock the secret lurking behind a mysterious box that was given to Scarlett by her father's solicitor. Scarlett finds this odd though because the box she was given to her was from her father but her father has been dead for five years now. Once Scarlett and Ellie start searching for clues there is no stopping them. Join them on their hilarious, thrill-seeking and dangerous adventure as they push themselves to the limit, doing practically anything for the clues. I would recommend it for girls age 9 and above. This book is a true masterpiece from an exciting new author.
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By Mrs. K. A. Wheatley TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Mar. 2015
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This is a great adventure story, aimed squarely at girls (which is my only criticism, as I think the cover might put boys off, but it's so exciting I don't see why girls should get all the perks). It has elements of a Jacqueline Wilson style novel, with Scarlett, the heroine of the piece, coming to terms with the loss of her father, and her mum's new boyfriend and daughter. These elements are secondary however to the fantastic adventure story that unfolds when Scarlett inherits a box of memorabilia from her father which may contain clues that will change Scarlett's life forever. The two elements of the story are beautifully merged by the author and this is a real page turner of a book.
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This book was not very impressive, even though it has great reviews. This book is probably best for readers 7+, as it can be slightly tedious and predictable at times. It may be be some readers cup of tea, but if your searching for a fabulously breath taking book, then do not read " Dear Scarlett."
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