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Suite Scarlett

Maureen Johnson
"A hilarious romantic comedy set in New York City from the UK Queen of Teen"
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A hilarious romantic comedy set in New York City from the UK Queen of Teen

If living in a famous art deco hotel minutes away from Central Park sounds like your idea of a pretty sweet deal – you should talk to Scarlett Martin. Having a hotel for a home really isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, especially when you’ve got no guests, no money and no prospects for any fun thanks to your parents putting you to work all summer. Luckily for Scarlett, the Hopewell is about to be shaken to its foundations with the arrival of Mrs Amberson, a glamorous travelling socialite who’s planning on putting down some roots for a while – and hiring Scarlett as her assistant. With a new job, new friends, and (maybe) a new boyfriend on the horizon, Scarlett’s summer is beginning to look a lot more interesting…

Publication Date: Thu 7 Nov 2013
ISBN Paperback: 9781471402029
ISBN Ebook: 9781471402036

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Maureen Johnson

Maureen Johnson was crowned the 2012 Queen of Teen in the UK - but, as it turns out, she is American. She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, during a massive snowstorm. After a little dalliance with astronomy (she had a glow in the dark star chart) and archaeology (she had a little shovel), Maureen declared her intention to become a writer at the age of eight or nine or so.

She is a New York Times bestselling author of ten YA novels, including SUITE SCARLETT, SCARLETT FEVER, THE KEY TO THE GOLDEN FIREBIRD, 13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES, THE NAME OF THE STAR and THE MADNESS UNDERNEATH. She has also written many collaborative works, such as LET IT SNOW (with John Green and Lauren Myracle), and THE BANE CHRONICLES (with Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan). She writes frequently on the subject of Young Adult literature for many publications, and is well-known for her online presence on Twitter @maureenjohnson). Maureen lives in New York, and online on Twitter (or at www.maureenjohnsonbooks.com), and was selected to represent the YA category for World Book Day 2014 with her short story THE BOY IN THE SMOKE. By the way - she's not giving that crown back...

Extract

Generally speaking, New York City is a good place to spend your birthday. You can go to a show, you can shop, you can eat and see the sights. There is very little you can't do in New York, if you set your mind to it. The problem, however, is if you are alone and broke. If you have about sixteen dollars left to your name, with no prospect of getting many more . . . if your friends have scattered around the globe, your older sister is working a ten-hour shift, your younger sister probably wouldn't put you out if you were on fire, and your brother, who would normally have spent the day with you, is out trying to save his career . . . it's not all it could be. Especially if you live there, and have therefore seen all the sights, because the "sights" are really just the "things on your street." If you add to that the fear that your family is on the verge of total financial collapse, you have the makings of a birthday that is memorable for all the wrong reasons. You should probably go back to bed. Scarlett tried to make the most of her day. She wandered around some stores and went to Central Park. She'd even gotten away with using the expired ice cream coupon, which felt like a minor victory. When it got too hot and walking around got tiring, she went home and sat on her bed with her computer.