Sophie Cleary’s new book, Scarlet and Ivy: The Lost Twin, set in the mysterious school of Rookwood, came out on May 3. Featuring a mysterious disappearance and a twin pretending to be her sister, the book promises to be intense reading. We have a summary below and an opportunity for you to win a copy for yourself!
Ivy, I pray that it’s you reading this. And if you are, well, I suppose you’re the new me…
When shy Ivy’s troublemaking twin Scarlet vanishes from Rookwood boarding school, Ivy is invited to “take her place.” But when Ivy arrives, she discovers the school’s true intention; she has to pretend to be Scarlet. She must think like Scarlet, act like Scarlet, become Scarlet. What on earth happened to the real Scarlet, and why is the school trying to keep it a secret?
Luckily for Ivy, Scarlet isn’t about to disappear without a fight. She’s left pieces of her journal carefully hidden all over the school for Ivy to find. Ivy’s going to figure out what happened to Scarlet. She’s got to.
But the staff of Rookwood is always watching, and they’ll do anything to keep their secrets buried…
Scarlet and Ivy: The Lost Twin
By Sophie Cleverly
May 3, 2016; Hardcover; ISBN 9781492633396
Title: Scarlet and Ivy
Series: The Lost Twin
Author: Sophie Cleverly
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Excerpt from Scarlet and Ivy: The Lost Twin below!
“Scarlet’s place needs to be filled, and it is fortuitous that we have someone to fill it. We shall not have the good name of Rookwood School tarnished by unfortunate circumstances. We’ve put the absence before summer down to a bout of influenza, which you, Scarlet”—she looked at me pointedly—“have recovered from well.”
I was lost, reeling, and the room span around me. Perhaps this was a nightmare, and in reality I was in a tormented sleep back at my aunt’s house.
“But,” I protested, “you didn’t accept me for the scholarship! Only Scarlet passed the entrance exam.”
“That is irrelevant, child. The fees are already paid. You will take your sister’s place for the sake of the greater good. From now on, you are Scarlet. Ivy might not have passed the entrance exam, but you did.”
I wanted to shout at her, but my lips were quivering and my breathing was shallow and panicked. “P-please, why do I have to do this?”
She held out a finger to silence me, the tip of her nail long and sharp.
“It does not concern you. These are adult matters, and we shall deal with them as we see fit. You don’t want to trouble the other pupils with this, do you?” She leaned back and looked away from me.
“D-does my father know about this, Miss?” If everyone at the school was clueless, I hoped there was a chance that Father had been deceived as well.
My hopes were shattered when she replied, “Of course he does. We have his full permission. He understands that it’s the best way. Now,” she continued, “we’ve kept your room for you. Breakfast is at seven thirty.” She started tapping her fountain pen, and talking in a flat voice as though she were reading from an invisible blackboard. “Lessons start at nine.” Tap. “The Matron’s office is at the end of your corridor.” Tap. “No loitering in the hallways.” Tap tap. “Lights out at nine o’clock…”
I should have been listening to the rules, but I couldn’t help being distracted by the items on Miss Fox’s desk: a lamp, a telephone, an inkwell, an ivory paperweight, a checkbook, a small golden pill-box, and—oh no—a stuffed Chihuahua with a mouth full of pens.
“Pay attention, girl!”
My eyes darted back up. “Yes, Miss Fox,” I replied.
Miss Fox gave an exasperated sigh. “Here, take this.” she handed me a map and a list of the school rules. “Remember, you are Scarlet now. There is no more Ivy.”
She got up from the chair quickly, and waved at me to follow her.
It’s quite a thing to be told that you don’t exist anymore. It took me a moment to stand, my legs were shaking so much.
I felt like one of the sad dogs on Miss Fox’s walls. Their glassy gazes penetrated my back as I walked out of the office, trying to leave Ivy Gray behind me.
About the Author:
Sophie Cleverly began writing Scarlet and Ivy in her second year at university, where she studied Creative Writing. She knew she had to finish telling the story, and when she heard that the university offered an MA in Writing For Young People shevrealized it was the perfect opportunity. She lives in Wiltshire, England. This is her debut. Visit hapfairy.co.uk.
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