Narrated by the most compelling voice since Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, this is a quirky and original voyage of self-discovery triggered by a lost urn of ashes.
The mini cab office was up a cobbled mews with little flat houses either side.
That's where I first met Violet Park, what was left of her. There was a healing centre next door, a pretty smart name for a place with a battered brown door and no proper door handle and stuck-on wooden numbers in the shape of clowns. The 3 of number 13 was a w stuck on sideways and I thought it was kind of sad and I liked it at the same time.
Sixteen-year-old Lucas Swain becomes intrigued by the urn of ashes left in a cab office. Convinced that its occupant - Violet Park - is communicating with him, he contrives to gain possession of the urn, little realising that his quest will take him on a voyage of self-discovery and identity, forcing him to finally confront what happened to his absent (and possibly dead) father...
©2007 Jenny Valentine (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
"Finding Violet Park is a wonderful debut for many reasons... the book is astute... full of bitter-sweet observations. The plot is so well controlled that you never anticipate the clever ending."(Guardian Review)
"Ultra-original and brilliantly written, this will have you laughing and crying, too."(Mizz)
"Clever and totally assured, it is hard to believe that this is a first novel from a new author... [an] ingenious novel from a writer who already has much to offer."(Nicholas Tucker, Books for Keeps)
"Memorable and well-paced, this is a book to help young people grow in spite of adversity." (Carousel)
"This is terrific stuff and quite unlike anything else I've come across.... a powerful and compelling story... and manages to give every question, every problem, every doubt its right weight - no more, no less." (Inis)
"First-time author Jenny Valentine has an original and exciting voice."(Writing Magazine)
"Narrated by the most unique voice since Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, this is a quirky and original voyage of self-discovery... a terrific book." (Gateway)
"Profound, funny and beautifully written: I doubt I'll read a better teenage novel this year." (Bournemouth Daily Echo)
"A captivating novel... Hilarious and dramatic in turns." (Liverpool Echo)
"Prepare to be thrilled and chilled." (School House magazine)
This story has such a clever plot. The narrator is a little stilted and unnatural at times, but overall, he's not bad. Jenny Valentine's YA books are a pleasure to listen to - definitely worth a listen if you like Jacqueline Wilson. Broken Soup is my favourite.
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