Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson (audio week June 21-25)
Posted by Sheila (Book Journey)
15-year-old Scarlett is thrilled that Summer is here! In New York city, Scarlett lives in their family owned hotel, Hopewell, where everyone is pitching in to help make ends meet. Along with brother Spencer (19) is an out of work actor, sister Lola (18),and little sister Marlene (11), things are bound to be interesting.
A tradition in Scarlett’s family is that when you turn 15, you receive a room in the hotel to call your own and be in full care of it and its occupants. Scarlett receives the Empire Suite, and along with it, a starlet called Ms. Amberson. As life is starting to look a little interesting, in enters Eric, a nineteen year old actor who is causing Scarlett to think that maybe.. just maybe, this will turn out to be the best summer of her life.
This is my first experience with Maureen Johnson and I was excited to give this one a listen. I was pleasantly surprised to hear the youthful voice of narrator Jeannie Stith. Told in this sweet story sort of way I could imagine listening to this with a young teen girl.
The story line was catching, lite, and fun. I really liked the characters and enjoyed Scarlett’s adventures. Ms. Amberson really adds to the adventure as she begins giving Scarlett tasks to do. This was a young YA (if that makes sense). Its fun and funny and I listened to this audio straight through, at many times with a big smile on my face.
Book Journey’s had updated the book travel map to include Suite Scarlett
Cover Story: I really like this cover, it is age appropriate and hold a little mystery to it with the gold key. There is a second cover I have seen with a girl on the cover with messy blond hair and bright red lipstick, the girl looks to be 18 or so in age and older than what Scarlett is in this book, causing me to prefer the fun pinkish one pictured here with the key.
I received my copy of this audio from our BBC bags in New York
where Maureen Johnson was the speaker for this event