Ketchup Clouds

Ketchup Clouds

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Fifteen-year-old Zoe has a secret - a dark and terrible secret that she can't confess to anyone she knows. But then one day she hears of a criminal, Stuart Harris, locked up on death row in Texas. Like Zoe, Stuart is no stranger to secrets. Or lies. Or murder. Full of heartache yet humour, Zoe tells her story in the only way she can - in letters to the man in prison in America. Armed with a pen, Zoe takes a deep breath, eats a jam sandwich, and begins her tale of love and betrayal.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 71mm | 300g
  • Hachette Children's Group
  • Indigo (an Imprint of Orion Children's)
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1780620314
  • 9781780620312
  • 24,524

About Annabel Pitcher

Annabel graduated from Oxford University with a degree in English Literature and an ambition to be a children's author. She had a variety of jobs before deciding to travel the world and focus on writing. Annabel now lives in Yorkshire with her husband and two young sons. Her first book, MY SISTER LIVES ON THE MANTELPIECE, won the Branford Boase and a Betty Trask Award in 2012 and KETCHUP CLOUDS won the 2014 Waterstones Children's Prize. Annabel's work has been shortlisted for numerous prestigious awards including the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Galaxy British Book Award and the Red House Children's Book Award and longlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and the 2012 CILIP Carnegie Medal. Visit Annabel's website at and follow her on Twitter @APitcherAuthor.

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Back cover copy

Zoe Collins has a secret - a dark and terrible secret that she dares confess to no one that she knows. But one day she hears of a criminal on death row who knows all about secrets. And lies. And betrayal. Desperate to confide in someone, Zoe picks up a pen and takes a deep breath. These are the letters that she wrote.

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Customer reviews

I really enjoyed this book! Zoe is such a fascinating character. Right off the bat, she tells you that she’s a murderer, so naturally you shouldn’t like her. But she writes the letters in such a brutally honest way that I couldn’t help but loving her. Zoe doesn’t explain the details of the murder until the end, which was perfect, since the story really isn’t about that night. It’s about the relationships built and shattered during the months leading up to it. This is a great YA contemporary where the family dynamics are just as important as the teenage relationships. I completely loved and connected with Zoe’s family. They were just so real and engaging. The narrative structure was interesting too. The entire story is written in a compilation of letters. She uses Stuart as a soundboard to come to terms with everything that’s happening now and everything she can’t change. This story might not be the happiest, but it’s so wonderfully done. It takes the YA Contemporary genre and spins it in a thought provoking gut-wrenching sort of more
by Eunice Leong