International Books for Children / Young Adult


A Novel

By Annie Cardi (Author)


Format Hardcover, Jacketed


Moving to Hawthorne was something Tess and her mom never anticipated, but after Tess’s mom loses her job, it’s their only option. Tess’s grandparents welcome them into their home, but with the condition that Tess and her mom attend church, something Mom isn’t too pleased about. But Tess enjoys the church community, finding a place in youth group and the church choir. Faith fills a void Tess didn’t know she had.

After a very personal decision goes public, Tess faces daily harassment and rejection by her former friends, and singing in the church choir is no longer an option. When she meets some kids in the music room, her only place of solace in the school, who don't judge her for what's happened, she learns to find her voice again. Against the backdrop of the Spirit Light Festival, Tess will need to find the strength to speak out if she has any chance of ending a silent cycle of abuse in Hawthorne.
"Keenly felt and achingly timely, Red is a must-read for anyone who has ever struggled to sing out." —Katie Cotugno, New York Times bestselling author of 99 Days

"Annie Cardi’s beautifully written story about reproduction rights is a multilayered read that speaks of religious hypocrisy while also exploring how a teen can rise above tragedy to become new and magnificent. I devoured it in one sitting." ––Sharon Biggs Waller, author of Girls on the Verge 

“[A] timely story. No doubt Red will end up being one of the most talked-about books in 2024.” ––CULTURESS

"A heartfelt tale of an ostracized teen who finds caring people and a way through trauma."––KIRKUS REVIEWS


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Annie Cardi is the author of The Chance You Won’t Return, which received starred reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly, and was named a Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year for 2015. She has an MFA from Emerson College, and she currently lives with her family and dog in the Boston area.

Pub Date: 1/30/2024

ISBN: 9781454951308

Price: $18.99 / $24.99 CAN

Format: Hardcover, Jacketed

Pages: 256 pages

Trim: 5.5 x 8.25 x 0 Inches

Territories: World

Category: Young Adult

Age Range: 14 to 18

Publisher: Union Square & Co.