Winner of the Guardian Children's fiction prize 2007. Told with a delightfully light touch, this thoughtful and introspective novels for teens tells how hearing the story of Violet Park, leads Lucas on a moving and thought provoking mission that helps him to understand much more about his own life.
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...
|Publication date:||2nd September 2010|
|Publisher:||HarperCollins Publishers HarperCollins Audio|
|Primary Genre||Children's & YA Fiction|
"A wonderful debut for many reasons â€¦ 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
â€œA captivating novel from a compelling new voice in teen fictionâ€¦hilarious and dramatic in turns.â€ Liverpool Echo
"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
Jenny Valentine moved house every two years when she was growing up. She has just moved house again, probably not for the last time. She worked in a wholefood shop in Primrose Hill for fifteen years where she met many extraordinary people and sold more organic loaves than there are words in her first novel. She has also worked as a teaching assistant and a jewellery maker. She studied English Literature at Goldsmiths College, which almost put her off reading but not quite. Jenny is married to a singer/songwriter and has two children.More About Jenny Valentine