Warrior Scarlet by Rosemary Sutcliff is recommended by Julia Eccleshare, children’s books editor of the Guardian newspaper, as one of her Top Ten Children’s Books in Babyccino Kids, ‘an international lifestyle website for modern mums':
… true burning Warrior Scarlet … was the very colour of courage itself. No woman might wear the colour, nor might the Half People who came and went at the Tribe’s call. It was for the Men’s side.
Warrior Scarlet, published in 1957, is indeed a wonderful historical novel, illustrated by Charles Keeping. Of the story, Julia Eccleshare writes:
Rosemary Sutcliff had an exceptional ability to bring the past to life; in Warrior Scarlet it is the Bronze Age. Drem needs to kill a wolf to become a man of the tribe. How he first fails and then succeeds in doing so despite his withered arm is a moving story about overcoming adversity.
Julia Eccleshare compiled 1001 Children’s Books: You Must Read Before You Grow Up,
- Julia Eccleshare’s top ten book list in Babyccino Kids here
- More on Rosemary Sutcliff’s historical novel Warrior Scarlet on this blog