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Scarlet: Defender of the Universe

By James Davis, Illustrated by Dotty Sutton

The funniest book of the year from an incredibly exciting new voice in children’s fiction!

Are you sitting comfortably? Are you fantasising about bamboo? Do you have black and white fur? Are you huge and cute and cuddly-looking? Well, put this book down, because you are a panda, and this is not a book for pandas.

This is a story about a girl called Scarlet. She’s nine years old, just like you, if you’re nine. If you’re not nine, then she’s more like someone else who is nine. She has red hair, just like you, unless your hair is brown. She is 127 centimetres tall, just like you, unless you’re taller or shorter. Her favourite colour is green, just like you, unless your favourite colour is grey, although that seems highly unlikely. And she is as smart as a shiny button, just like you.

Scarlet only responds to the advert at the back of the Beano for the role of Defender of the Universe to prove to her annoying younger brother that it’s not a real thing… so she’s a little surprised to be told that she’s got the job and is now responsible for the safety of the entire galaxy. Along with her co-Defender Jasper, Pom-Pom, the cutest alien in existence, and Bot, the cleverest AI robot that’s ever been invented, Scarlet is thrown into a whirlwind adventure that takes her to the furthest reaches of the cosmos and back again, on a mission to prevent the destruction of planet Earth by an alien species who will do anything for a warm cup of hot chocolate.

Illustrated throughout in black and white by Dotty Sutton, and perfect for fans of Loki: A Bad God’s Guide to Being Good, My Brother is a Superhero, Charlie Changes into a Chicken and Mr Gum, Scarlet: Defender of the Universe is the unbelievably funny, exciting, and action-packed debut by James Davis – a middle-grade Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Format: Paperback
Ageband: from 8
Release Date: 02 Jan 2025
Pages: 240
ISBN: 978-0-00-865362-0
Price: £7.99 (Export Price) , £7.99, €None
James lives in Manchester with his two favourite humans: the one he married and the one that popped out of that one. He likes sprinting after balls, waterslides and other people’s dogs. He has been known to perform stand-up comedy, but not very well known. He took his A-level Art when he was eleven years old. And failed it. Sometimes he misses having hair.