Ketchup Clouds
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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.

Read by Julie Maisey
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Product details

  • 12+
  • CD-Audio
  • 130 x 138 x 15mm | 180g
  • Orion Children's Books (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged edition
  • 1409141969
  • 9781409141969

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This is a clever, multi-layered book. It's heartstoppingly sweet, very sad, and very, very real. Everyone should take notes on how to write a love story from this gorgeous novel because I believed every word. And, of course, I cried.
Highly recommended. * THE BOOKBAG * Blending powerful emotion and darkness with ironic humour, it is a gripping and moving story about secrets, lies and growing up. Sometimes uncomfortable, sometimes wistful, often funny and always compassionate, this is a beautifully-crafted and unexpected coming-of-age story that will win readers' hearts. * BOOKTRUST * Annabel Pitcher presents a harrowing tale of a girl learning to deal with love, family, remorse and grief. Through a mixture of her hilarious, sweet and honest confessions, Zoe comes to life on the page. * TEENREADS * I would definitely recommend this book for anyone looking for an invigorating, coming-of-age book. The young adult category can often come off as whiney and "woe is me" but this book proves that that is not always the case, even when the main character does have a lot to whine about. There are good authors of every genre if you just know where to look and Annabel Pitcher is one of them. * THE GUARDIAN * It's a moving and ultimately highly compassionate tale. To be human is to err, after all. * Martin Chilton, THE TELEGRAPH *
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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 www.annabelpitcher.com and follow her on Twitter @APitcherAuthor.

Julie Maisey is an accomplished actress who trained at The Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. Since graduating she has worked extensively in theatre and television including roles at The National Theatre , Hampstead Theatre and in Eastenders and the Bill. Voiceover highlights include the BAFTA nominated and British Animation Award winning 'Dad's Dead' and 'Peoples Britain' as well as the many audiobooks she has narrated over the years. She lives in London with her partner and young daughter.
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12,143 ratings
3.77 out of 5 stars
5 26% (3,168)
4 38% (4,598)
3 26% (3,162)
2 8% (958)
1 2% (257)
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