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Scarlett Fever Booktalk

  • Grades: 6–8

Scarlett Fever Video Booktalk

Scarlett thinks her life is over when Eric leaves, but she doesn't know what wild and unbelievable adventures are just around the corner.

Summer is over. Hamlet has closed. Eric is gone, and Scarlett thinks her life is over. But she has no idea what's waiting for her just a few days later. 

She's agreed to become Mrs. Amberson's assistant in her new talent agency. Mrs. Amberson may have moved out of the hotel Scarlett and her family run, but she's taking over more of Scarlett's life than ever. Mrs. Amberson's first client is Scarlett's older brother Spencer. Now, Mrs. Amberson wants another client, Chelsea Biggs. She's determined to make Chelsea a star, and wants Scarlett to make friends with Chelsea. When it turns out that Chelsea's older brother Max is going to the same high school, Mrs. Amberson wants Scarlett to keep an eye on him. She refuses, but he ends up as her lab partner anyway. 

The chaos doesn't end there. Spencer gets a bit part in the most popular crime show on TV, Sonny Lavinski, and on his first day of shooting, has to kill Sonny, making him the hottest new baddie in New York. Marlene, Scarlett's little sister, comes back from cancer camp, and she's nice. Polite, thoughtful, generous-all the kinds of things she's never been before. What happened at camp to make her change-and more important, how long will it last? Scarlett doesn't want to be caught off guard when the real Marlene comes back, the mean, hateful, self centered one, that they've all put up with for years. Even Lola is different, with her uber-rich ex-boyfriend, Chip, trying his best to get back together with her.

It's turning out to be quite a fall, with way too much going on. But there doesn't seem to be any way to get out of it, so Scarlett just braces for a bumpy ride, and goes for it.

This booktalk was written by Joni Richards Bodart, university professor, librarian, school/public library consultant, and internationally known booktalking expert.

  • Subjects:
    Adolescent Issues, High School, Romantic Relationships
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