Broken Soup by Jenny Valentine

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It's how you look at it. . . .

Someone shoves a photo negative into Rowan's hands. She is distracted but, frankly, she has larger problems to worry about. Her brother is dead. Her father has left. Her mother won't get out of bed. She has to take care of her younger sister. And keep it all together . . .

But Rowan is curious about the mysterious boy and the negative. Who is he? Why did he give it to her? The mystery only deepens when the photo is developed and the inconceivable appears.

Everything is about to change for Rowan. . . . Finally, something positive is in her life.

Award-winning author Jenny Valentine delivers a powerful and life-affirming story of grief, friendship, and healing that will resonate long after the last page.


About Jenny Valentine

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Jenny Valentine studied English literature at Goldsmith's College, which almost made her stop reading but not quite. Her debut novel, Me, the Missing, and the Dead, was a William C. Morris Award finalist and won the prestigious Guardian Children's Fiction Prize in the UK under the title Finding Violet Park. She is also the author of Broken Soup, a Best Books for Young Adults title. Jenny is married to a singer/songwriter and has two children. She lives in Hay-on-Wye, England.
Published March 11, 2009 by HarperTeen. 228 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The narrative takes several dramatic turns—Rowan discovers Bee and Jack’s romance, and her mother attempts suicide—but Valentine handles each one with a light touch, letting Rowan’s warmth and grit, as well as her loneliness and resentment shine through on each page.

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Broken Soup by Jenny Valentine 256pp, HarperCollins, £5.99 Jenny Valentine's first novel, Finding Violet Park, was so raw and fresh that a second book seemed bound to disappoint.

Feb 16 2008 | Read Full Review of Broken Soup

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And it turns out to be a picture of Jack, a picture she's never seen before, but the Jack-est picture Rowan's ever seen.

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