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 Scarlet ibis
 Author: Lewis, Gill

 Publisher:  Atheneum Books for Young Readers (2018)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 273 p., ill., 20 cm

 BTSB No: 568476 ISBN: 9781481449410
 Ages: 9-14 Grades: 4-9

 Siblings -- Fiction
 Foster children -- Fiction
 Asperger's syndrome -- Fiction
 Mother-daughter relationship -- Fiction
 Birds -- Fiction

Price: $6.50

When a fire leaves twelve-year-old Scarlet in a different foster home than her autistic little brother, she does everything she can to find her way back to him--even if it means sacrificing a better life for herself.

 Illustrator: Meyer, Susan
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: MG
   Reading Level: 3.80
   Points: 5.0   Quiz: 195121

   Kirkus Reviews (04/15/18)
   School Library Journal (05/01/18)
   Booklist (04/15/18)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 04/15/2018 Scarlet lives in fear that a visiting social worker will figure out how bad things really are. Though there’s never much food in the refrigerator and her mother rarely gets out of bed, 12-year-old Scarlet manages to keep them all fed and the apartment tidy in hopes that she won’t be separated from her eight-year-old brother, Red, who has autism. After Mum sets their place on fire, Scarlet is sent to a loving foster home, but her main focus is finding Red. When she carries out a desperate plan to take him away and keep him safe, she finds unexpected help along the way. The siblings’ relationship is well drawn. An avian theme runs throughout the story, from Scarlet’s given name (Scarlet Ibis) to her brother’s fascination with birds to an elderly friend who feeds pigeons in the park. Full-page drawings, not seen in final form, will illustrate the novel. An English writer whose children’s books include Wild Wings (2011) and Gorilla Dawn (2017), Lewis writes with clarity and empathy about her resourceful, fiercely determined heroine. - Copyright 2018 Booklist.

School Library Journal - 05/01/2018 Gr 4–6—Scarlet Ibis Mackenzie takes her name from a bird native to her father's homeland of Trinidad. She's never met her father and has seen only one picture of him that her mother holds close. "Mum says I have his eyes and his smile. She says I have his skin too. Like the color of soft caramel." Her brother Red has never seen his daddy either. Red's skin color is "white, white, white" and his hair is a "shock of orange." Red also has autism. He is very close to Scarlet; no one else appreciates that he knows every species of bird and holds a vast collection of feathers that he gently inventories each day. Their mum never leaves the house and rarely gets out of bed. Scarlet takes care of all of them. She tries to put on a good front for the social worker so she doesn't take Red away, but when tragedy strikes, the family is separated. Scarlet is sent to foster care and no one will tell her where Red was placed. This poignant story examines issues of racism, discrimination, and disability with compassion and depth. Scarlet has had to grow up fast in order to keep her family together but she still longs for the same things every 12-year-old does: friends, acceptance, and stability. Readers will empathize with Scarlet's story and appreciate her deep connection with her brother. VERDICT A loving story of family and the bonds of trust between siblings; a fine addition to elementary school shelves.—Carol Connor, Cincinnati Public Schools - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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