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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

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The Ant Colony Synopsis

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!

The Ant Colony Press Reviews

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

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ISBN: 9780007283590
Publication date: 05/03/2009
Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780007283590
Publication date: 5th March 2009
Author: Jenny Valentine
Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 224 pages
Suitable for: 13+ readers
Recommendations: eBooks
Other Categories: All Shortlists and Winners

About Jenny Valentine

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. 'Finding Violet Park' is her first ...

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