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Ketchup Clouds
by Annabel Pitcher

Overview - "Dear Mr. S. Harris, "
"Ignore the blob of red in the top left corner. It's jam, not blood, though I don't think I need to tell you the difference. It wasn't your wife's jam the police found on your shoe. . . .""
""I know what it's like. ""
""Mine wasn't a woman.
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Overview
"Dear Mr. S. Harris, "
"Ignore the blob of red in the top left corner. It's jam, not blood, though I don't think I need to tell you the difference. It wasn't your wife's jam the police found on your shoe. . . .""
""I know what it's like. ""
""Mine wasn't a woman. Mine was a boy. And I killed him exactly three months ago.
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Zoe has an unconventional pen pal--Mr. Stuart Harris, a Texas Death Row inmate and convicted murderer. But then again, Zoe has an unconventional story to tell. A story about how she fell for two boys, betrayed one of them, and killed the other.
Hidden away in her backyard shed in the middle of the night with a jam sandwich in one hand and a pen in the other, Zoe gives a voice to her heart and her fears after months of silence. Mr. Harris may never respond to Zoe's letters, but at least somebody will know her story--somebody who knows what it's like to kill a person you love. Only through her unusual confession can Zoe hope to atone for her mistakes that have torn lives apart, and work to put her own life back together again.
Rising literary star Annabel Pitcher pens a captivating second novel, rich with her distinctive balance between humor and heart. Annabel explores the themes of first love, guilt, and grief, introducing a character with a witty voice and true emotional resonance.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780316246767
  • ISBN-10: 031624676X
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publish Date: November 2013
  • Page Count: 272
  • Reading Level: Ages 14-17


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Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Issues - Death & Dying
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Law & Crime
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Issues - Dating & Sex

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-10-07
  • Reviewer: Staff

Pitcher (My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece) delivers a taut epistolary novel about a British teenager who writes to a Texas death row inmate and confesses her guilt in a murder: “You killed someone you were supposed to love and I killed someone I was supposed to love, and we both understand the pain and the fear and the sadness and the guilt and the hundred other feelings that don’t even have a name in all of the English language.” Though the writer invents her name, Zoe, there’s nothing false about her one-way letters that gradually reveal her turbulent and destructive romance with two brothers, Max and Aaron, which ends in a death. Pitcher (who won the 2013 Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize for this novel) thrusts Zoe into charged situations (her parents’ strain over her deaf sister and her father’s unemployment heighten the conflict), and Zoe’s guilt casts a chill on her relationship with the boys’ mother. Zoe’s introspective and surprisingly humorous voice will strike a chord with readers as they dwell on the space between guilt and innocence. Ages 12–up. Agent: Catherine Clarke, Felicity Bryan Associates. (Nov.)

 
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