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Red Ink

author: Julie Mayhew

When her mother is knocked down and killed by a London bus, fifteen-year-old Melon Fouraki is left with no family worth mentioning. Her mother, Maria, never did introduce her to a living, breathing father. The indomitable Auntie Aphrodite, meanwhile, is hundreds of miles away on a farm in Crete, and she is not likely to jump on a plane to come to East Finchley anytime soon. But at least Melon has The Story. The Story is the Fouraki family fairy tale. A story is something. Balanced with tenderness and humor, this time-shifting novel offers a narrator by turns angry and vulnerable, hurt and defiant as she struggles with sudden grief—and the unfolding process of finding out who she really is.

A sharp-witted teenager discovers surprising truths after her mother’s death in a wry and heartrending novel touching on denial, identity, and family lore.
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$16.99 / $0.00
0763680516 /  9780763680510
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Young Adult Novel / EBook
age range:
14 yrs and up
# of pages/size:
320 / N/A
grade range:
Grade 9 and up
Fiction; Family; Girls & Women; Social Themes; Family; Girls & Women; Social Themes;
author’s comments:
Julie Mayhew has written plays for radio and the stage. Red Ink is her debut novel. The cofounder and host of a short-story cabaret and head of a writers' workshop, she lives in England.
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