The Ant Colony
Written by Jenny Valentine
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Shortlisted for the prestigious Teenage Book of the Year Award 2009.
An irresistible new novel from Jenny Valentine, winner of the Guardian Children's Book Prize with Finding Violet Park. Written with a wonderful lightness of touch, the author manages to weave and interweave the very different lives of a disparate range of characters - 15 year old Sam,10 year old Bohemia and her rather hopeless mother, Steve the landlord and a batty old lady - into a stirring plot that's by turns heartrending and sad but also laced with wit and humour and ultimately an uplifting ending. Quirky but cleverly woven and brilliantly written.
Titles on the 2009 Teenage Book of the Year Award shortlist were:
Auslander by Paul Dowswell
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Ostrich Boys by Keith Gray
The Ant Colony by Jenny Valentine
The Vanishing of Katharina Linden by Helen Grant
The Ask and the Answer by Patrick Ness
The Ant Colony by Jenny Valentine
Number 33 Georgiana Street houses many people and yet seems home to none. To runaway Sam it is a place to disappear. To Bohemia, it's just another blip between crises, as her mum ricochets off the latest boyfriend. Old Isabel acts like she owns the place, even though it actually belongs to Steve in the basement, who is always looking to squeeze in yet another tenant. Life there is a kind of ordered chaos. Like ants, they scurry about their business, crossing paths, following their own tracks, no questions asked. But it doesn't take much to upset the balance. Dig deep enough and you'll find that everyone has something to hide!
Praise for her previous novels:
For Finding Violet Park - 'Ultra-original and brilliantly written, this will have you laughing and crying too' Mizz magazine
For Broken Soup - 'A life-affirming, witty, romantic read' The Sunday Times
About the Author
Interest Age: From 13
More books by Jenny Valentine
5th March 2009
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