Scarlet Ibis

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Scarlet Ibis

by Gill Lewis

Illustrations by Susan Meyer

First Release:

September 2018

ISBN: 9781481449410

Twelve-year-old Scarlet doesn 't have an easy life. She 's never known her dad, her mom suffers from depression, and her younger brother Red has Asperger 's and relies heavily on her to make the world a safe place for him. Scarlet does this by indulging Red 's passion for birds, telling him stories about the day they 'll go to Trinidad and see all the wonderful birds there (especially his beloved Scarlet Ibis), saving her money to take him to the zoo, helping him collect bird feathers, and even caring for a baby pigeon who is nesting outside his window.

But things with her mom are getting harder, and after a dangerous accident, Scarlet and Red are taken into foster care and separated. As Scarlet struggles to cope with the sudden changes in her life and her complex feelings towards her mom, the one thing she won 't give up on is finding Red. Nothing is going to get in her way --even if it might destroy the new possibilities offered to her by her foster family.

Black-and-white illustrations, rendered digitally.

  • ISBN: 9781481449410
    Format: Print Book
    Edition: Hardcover edition
    Publisher: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy
    Page Count: 288
    Trim Size: 5 1/2" x 7 1/2"
    Accelerated Reader: Level: 3.8, Points: 5
    Scholastic Reading Counts: Level: 3.3, Points: 10
    Lexile: Level: 570L
    Genre: Fic
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