Written by Jenny Valentine
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Shortlisted for the 2008 Costa Children’s Book Award.
Rowan is sure that she didn’t drop the negative that a boy presses into her hands but when her friend Bee offers to print it, Rowan’s curiosity causes her to accept. Who was the boy? And what will the picture show? Prize winning jenny Valentine has written another thought provoking story in which a teenage unpicks a difficult part of her life. From the same author who wrote Finding Violet Park.
Broken Soup by Jenny Valentine
Judges: “A poignant story of a family coming to terms with a terrible loss.”
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 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?
'The award-winning Valentine has a keen eye for the idiosyncrasies of young children, and the rhythms of family life.'
'[Valentine] has a wonderful ability to take readers right into the hearts and souls of her central characters, and reading her is always a truly vicarious experience.'
...a life-affirming, witty, romantic read, about freedom, responsibility and love. - Sunday Times, Culture 'delicately written ... A solid tale of what it takes to grow up and how to ask for help.
's appeal lies in conveying life and hope. - The Times ...a very funny and sad story about what really makes a family, and how we can lose our common sense in times of crisis and find it again through love. - The Daily Mail Beautifully written and emotionally sure, this is unputdownable and should keep even the most moany teenager quiet until it's finished. - The Independent'
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Interest Age: From 11
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7th January 2008
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