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Red Fever

Caroline Clough


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Range: Kelpies Paperback 224 pages 198 x 130 mm ISBN: 9780863157769 Publication date: 21 October 2010
Genre: Adventure and Thriller Theme: Dystopia Ideal for ages: 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 Red Fever series

No school. No phones. No friends. Just a race for survival.

A deadly virus, red fever, has killed most
people on Earth. Scotland is a wasteland,
overrun by wild dogs. Toby’s little sister Sylvie
is dangerously ill, so his family set sail along
the north-east coast in search of medicine.

As fierce pirates pursue them, and hungry
dogs hound them, will they find a cure
for Sylvie before it’s too late?


'An adventure of immense pace and imagination, with a young hero, Toby battling against terrible odds with a courage and intelligence every reader will envy and admire.'
-- Roger McGough

'A thrilling adventure set at a time of total devastation. Red fever is sweeping the earth. Almost everyone is dead and those that remain are struggling to cope with the aftermath. When Toby's sister falls dangerously ill, he and his father set off on a mad mission by boat to save her life. Can they find the medicine they need? And how will they stay safe from the pirates?'
-- Julia Eccleshare, LoveReading4Kids

'[Red Fever] is a great book and I really enjoyed it. Being able to link with the places in the book as they are located in Aberdeen and being able to visualize the setting really added to the book. Having a good local author is a great luxury. Not only was the setting a great aspect of the novel, but the storyline was gripping. There was so much happening that I just wanted to keep reading on to find out what was going to happen next; it was a book I just couldn't put down. Also I felt like I personally knew the characters, as I slowly grew attached to them, and that made the story even more interesting as I couldn't stop reading because I wanted to find out what happened to the characters.'
-- Greig Torpey, aged 15, Aberdeenshire

'I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I love how the author has made lots of problems for the characters to solve, instead of just one ... This book is great for children from 9+ who love adventure stories. I definitely think Caroline Clough should write more children's books, maybe even some more about Toby.'
-- Harriet Johnson-Gibbs, aged 10

'An atmospheric beginning to this story hooks the reader into a tale of survival against all odds for Toby and his family in this end of the world thriller... This is an excellent read with incisive narrative and sharp dialogue.'
-- Just Imagine

'This blood pumping story gives you a rush of adrenaline and the only medicine is to read it right to the last page.'
-- Owen Roberts, Carousel, Summer 2011

'This gripping story of a post-epidemic world will keep readers spellbound. Mum's dead, and Dad and Toby are sailing secretly, avoiding pirates while they try to find medicine for ailing little sister Sylvie. The red fever has changed everything. On land, dogs now rule under Cerberus's command. The risky rescue of a boy and his Pyrenean mountain dog is risky, but may prove an advantage. The dramatic tale makes fine reading; the North Sea setting with Scots characters and dialect add interest.'
-- The Yellow Brick Road

'Wow! Here a deadly virus is knocking off the people on earth. And Toby's sister has now come down with it. His family takes to the coast searching for a cure before it is too late. They battle the storms on the water, fight off pirates that are chasing them and encounter packs of dogs that are very very hungry. It seems that the odds are all against them. Toby does find that even thought his world has completely changed, his family has not. As a matter of fact they are getting closer still.'
-- Crazed Mind

Red Fever


Caroline Clough was born and raised in Yorkshire but has lived in Scotland for 30 years. She was inspired to write her thrilling post-apocalyptic Red Fever series after living for many years in rural Aberdeenshire outside Turriff with her husband, two children, and a menagerie…

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