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Scarlet and Ivy (1) - The Lost Twin: Book 1 Paperback – 23 February 2015
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- Publisher : HarperCollins GB (23 February 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0007589182
- ISBN-13 : 978-0007589180
- Reading age : 9 - 13 years
- Dimensions : 12.9 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 66,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for the Scarlet and Ivy series:
“I loved this book as it is a true page-turning, nail-biting mystery. The author has very cleverly hidden clues in the story and lets us solve the mystery as well. I read it in less than a day. It is gripping and keeps you begging for more.” Guardian.com, children’s reviews
About the Author
Sophie Cleverly was born in Bath in 1989. She wrote her first story at the age of four, though it used no punctuation and was essentially one long sentence. Thankfully, things have improved somewhat since then, and she has earned a BA in Creative Writing and MA in Writing for Young People from Bath Spa University.
Now working as a full-time writer, Sophie lives with her partner in Wiltshire, where she has a house full of books and a garden full of crows. The books largely consist of fantasy and historical novels; many of them for children and young adults. You probably don’t want to know what the crows consist of.
The first title in the Scarlet and Ivy series is Sophie’s debut novel, written after Ivy appeared in her head one day and demanded she told the twins’ story.
From the Publisher
Twin sisters, a boarding school and a lot of mysteries to be solved...
Scarlet and Ivy is a series of mystery stories for ages 8 and up. Starring twin sisters at a creepy boarding school, it's perfect for fans of the Murder Most Unladylike books.
The Last Secret is the sixth and final story in the Scarlet and Ivy series, in which the very existence of Rookwood school comes under threat...
'true page-turning, nail-biting mystery'
Guardian.com child reviewer
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In some ways this series is a bit darker than murder most unladylike but it feels in very similar vein to me.
The book is about twins Scarlet and Ivy who are identical. They are close twins and, as often with twins, one is very outgoing (Scarlet) and one is less so and a bit of a shadow. They oth sat the exam to get into the school, however Scarlet passed whereas Ivy didn’t. The book follows Ivy and her journey as she is forced into taking over Scarlet’s place at the school after a tragic event. It moves along well and I couldn’t really see where the story was going until very close to the end.
The characters are quite well written and it has a slight Harry Potter feel to it to - not with regards to the magic side of Harry Potter but the friendship side. Right from the beginning there are villains and a loyal friend. However it doesn’t follow in quite the same way! No spoilers but I would recommend this book, especially to girls in the 8 to 12-year-old age range. Although I do with this too and I’m in my 40s!
The story is punchy, engaging, and pacy, with some lovely cliffhangers that means both my kids come hammering downstairs to update us and beg for the next book. For a bedtime read there hasn't been a series in our house this addictive for some time!
My 8YO is a slow, every word reader, and my 10YO is a super fast skim kind of reader, and both have devoured and enjoyed these books.
Another aspect to these kinds of books that I don’t usually like, is the endless trilogy, saga concept; they all seem to be at it these days, and for the most part it’s a total cheat and rip-off as far as I’m concerned. However, I feel this an exception, as I’d made my mind up when I started reading this one that should it end unsatisfactorily in a way that only MAKES the reader need to read the follow on to gain any kind of ‘tying up of loose ends’, I simply wouldn’t do it, but this has a VERY satisfying ending, but with an ‘opening’ that makes you want to read on by CHOICE! (a different kind of thing altogether)
Ivy had a twin sister ‘Scarlet’, who dies mysteriously. Ivy is then, bizarrely, forced to take her place at the school where she was boarded – but it’s all cockeyed as to why she’s really there, and what actually happened to her sister. Instead she has to piece it together by locating portions of Scarlet’s diary from strange places. To say more would only serve to spoil the plot for those yet to read this riveting book, but it’s full of great characters that you won’t forget or get confused over, and they have substance so you always know who’s who – even those with smaller roles.
I LOVED this book, and unusually for me, will most definitely be reading the rest in the series; in fact, I’m just about to place my order for book number two at this minute!
Five stars from me!
NOTE: The story is set in 1930s England, but one single reference to ‘sleepovers’ really threw me so much I had to look up from my book for a moment, and was so out of place it took me a while to get back into the story... I’m not sure we had ‘sleepovers’ back then – and I think this was an American term originally – but I could be wrong...
As I browsed through endless books this one really caught my eye - I could at once tell even just by the blurb I'd love it!
So I bought it, I'm certainly VERY glad i did ^_^
Just a quick overview of the book:
This is told from identical-twin Ivy's point of view.
Her sister Scarlett attended Rookwood boarding school, but soon mysteriously died…
Ivy is informed she must immediately start at Rookwood and the intimidating headmistress Miss Fox takes her to the school.
While there she meets the wonderful Ariadne (my fave character) and ghastly Penny the teachers pet.
Soon Ivy discovers her twin left diary pagess for her to peice together, and with the help of Ariadne is left to uncover the mystery…
But then something truly terrible is found about the head which leads them to wonder 'Is Scarlett reallyh dead?'
Find out and read the book!
I recommend this for 9 (maybe 8) - 12 year olds.
Even being a super fast reader, it took me a good few days of itense reading to finish ths book!
This is engaging, funny, exciting and although long easy to read!
Please consider buying as you won't regret!
Hope my review helped you!
By Sophie aged 10 3/4 :)
P.S: The rest of the series are equaly cheap and just get better too! ^_^