Longlisted for the 2015 Carnegie Medal.Red asks, 'Will we always be together?' 'Always,' I say. 'Just you and me in that little boat, watching the scarlet ibis flying back to the Caroni Swamp.' Scarlet's used to looking after her brother, Red. He's special - different. Every night she tells him his favourite story - about the day they'll fly far away to the Caroni Swamp in Trinidad, where thousands of birds fill the sky. But when Scarlet and Red are split up and sent to live with different foster families, Scarlet knows she's got to do whatever it takes to get her brother back ...A wonderfully moving new novel from the author of Sky Hawk and White Dolphin.
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Gill Lewis spent much of her childhood in the garden where she ran a small zoo and a veterinary hospital for creepy-crawlies, mice, and birds. When she grew up she became a real vet and travelled from the Arctic to Africa in search of interesting animals and places. Gill now writes books for children. Her previous novels, Sky Hawk, White Dolphin, and Moon Bear published to worldwide critical acclaim and have been translated into more than twenty languages. She lives in the depths of Somerset with her husband and three children and writes from a tree house in the company of squirrels.Review:
"Praise for Gill Lewis' novels: Opens your eyes, touches your heart, and is so engaging it almost turns the pages for you." --Michael Morpurgo
"Moving, gripping and full of well-drawn, convincing characters, this is a powerful and inspirational book" --Daily Mail
"Exciting yet sensitive, tender and thought-provoking." --Booktrust
`. . . a beautiful read with a fast paced plot and ends with an uplifting message of emotional survival and hope.' We Love This Book
"This is a lyrical, emotive, engrossing adventure." --Sunday Times, Nicolette Jones
"A beautifully-told, nail-biting tale, that will inspire and empower anyone who reads it." --Kate Humble
"I absolutely loved this beautiful tale of friendship and hope. There's obvious appeal for fans of Lauren St John and Michael Morpurgo, and she's most definitely a writer to watch." --Bookseller
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