“Smart, funny, and full of awesome . . . everything I look for in a book.” —Rachel Hawkins, New York Times bestselling author of the Hex Hall series
Felicity St. John has it all: loyal best friends, a hot guy, and artistic talent. And she’s right on track to win the Miss Scarlet pageant. Her perfect life is possible because of just one thing: her long, wavy, coppery red hair.
Redheads hold all the power in Scarletville—and everybody knows it. That’s why Felicity is scared down to her roots when she receives an anonymous note: I know your secret.
Because Felicity is a big fake. Her hair color comes straight out of a bottle. And if anyone discovers the truth, she’ll be a social outcast faster than she can say strawberry blond.
Felicity isn’t about to let someone blackmail her life away. But just how far is she willing to go to protect her red cred?
“As thought-provoking as it is enchanting.” —Rae Carson, author of the Fire and Thorns trilogy
“Clever, wickedly funny, and with so much heart.” —Melina Marchetta, author of Jellicoe Road, a Michael L. Printz award winner
Alison Cherry, author of Red, For Real, Look Both Ways, and The Classy Crooks Club, grew up in a suburb of Chicago and graduated from Harvard. She is a professional photographer and worked as a lighting designer for theater, dance, and opera… More about Alison Cherry
“Debut author Cherry’s writing sparkles with wit, and she cleverly uses Scarletville’s obsession with redheadedness to raise questions about typical high school politics and the ways people determine what is beautiful, good, and worthy of popularity—all with a satirical wink to readers.” —Publishers Weekly
“[U]nderneath the “ginger” focus, there is a really strong commentary on superficiality and social standing. Readers will find themselves questioning the distribution of power based on appearance and the lengths that people will go to in order to protect their deepest secrets…. While readers may giggle their way through this fast-paced tale, they will also find themselves thinking about it.” —School Library Journal
“Debut author Cherry infuses this satire of social hierarchy with plenty of wit, and Felicity is believable as a girl struggling between who she is and what society—and her pageant-loving mother—expects from her. This may challenge readers to reconsider how they define beauty—and perhaps give them the confidence to question a pecking order or two.” —Booklist
“Addresses bullying, accepting those with physical differences and sticking up for what we believe. This is an important read for teens.” —Children’s Literature