Scarlett's not red like a sunset, she's red with rage. She cannot believe her mum's sunk so low as to pack her off to Ireland to stay with the dad who left them. Surely he's the reason for everything going wrong, her never being able to stay in a school, rules always just, somehow, seeming to get broken? Ha! They won't get round her so easily. But she hasn't reckoned the gorgeous Kian, and he might just find a way to change Scarlett's mind. There's a chance that - this time - things will be different...
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(198mm x 129mm x 15mm)
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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Twelve-year-old Scarlett has been expelled from school one time too many following her parents' divorce, so her mother sends her to live with her father, who she hates. He left her and her Mum in England while he ran off to Ireland to live with Claire and her nine-year-old daughter Holly. This fast-paced story follows Scarlett's difficult adjustment to her new surroundings and family (which will soon include a new baby) as she rebels in typical teenage fashion by piercing her tongue, dying her hair red and being an obstinate vegetarian. Set in the rural countryside of Kilimoor, near Lough Choill, which boasts the magical Wishing Tree, Scarlett soon meets Kian, a boy of her own age, and his horse Midnight. He's the only one she doesn't feel the need to battle with her anger and bitterness. Perhaps he also has his own demons? This blend of teen angst and the magical will most definitely appeal to middle-school girls. (Fiction. 11-15) (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Cathy Cassidy
Cathy Cassidy wrote and illustrated her first book at 8-years old for her little brother and has been writing and drawing ever since. Cathy has worked as an editor on Jackie magazine, a teacher and as agony aunt on Shout Magazine. She lives in Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland with her husband, 2 young children, 3 cats, 2 rabbits and a mad hairy lurcher called Kelpie. This is her fourth book for Puffin, following the success of Dizzy, Indigo Blue and Driftwood.