An intriguing, compelling, and moving new novel from the award-winning author of Finding Violet Park.
When the good-looking boy with the American accent presses the dropped negative into Rowan's hand, she's sure it's all a big mistake. But the next moment, he's gone, lost in the crowd of bustling shoppers. And she can't afford to lose her place in the checkout queue - after all, if she doesn't take the groceries home, nobody else will.
Rowan has more responsibilities than most girls her age. These days, she pretty much looks after her little sister single-handedly - which doesn't leave much time for friends or fun. So when she finds out that Bee from school saw the whole thing, it piques her curiosity. Who was the boy? Why was he so insistent that the negative belonged to Rowan?
©2008 Jenny Valentine (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
"A wonderful debut for many reasons.... What marks this book out is not just its charm, warmth and wit, but also the skill with which Valentine braids together the threads." (The Guardian)
"No plot summary can do justice to the particular flavour of this book, both witty and with moments of genuine sweetness.... Excellent." (Books for Keeps)
"Ultra-original and brilliantly written, this will have you laughing and crying too." (Mizz Magazine)
"Has the originality of Mark Haddon, the immediacy of Jacqueline Wilson and the emotional connection of Kevin Brooks. It really does work." (Jill Murphy, The Book Bag)
"A captivating novel from a compelling new voice in teen fiction...hilarious and dramatic in turns." (Liverpool Echo)
"I loved every page of this extraordinary book; a completely unique and involving story...a great book which deserves to be read over and over again." (Redhouse Review, Hannah Pitts, age 15)
"A great story, with a witty and believable main character." (tBk mag)
"If Jenny Valentine doesn't start you reading, I'm not sure what will.... A very creative and highly original plot.... I would also recommend it to sneaky parents who like to snoop around their children's bookcases. But make sure you have time to spare, as you will be unable to put this book down!" (Emily Decker, South Wales Argus)
"An unpredictable story full of suspense... If you are looking for an original, creative, page-turner that is filled with mystery, look no further." (Megan Davies, South Wales Argus)
Nicely plotted story that shows, through the eyes of the protagonist, Rowan, how a family is still coming to terms with the loss of the oldest son some time after the event. Sensitively handled issues and realistic characters. Highly recommended.
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