Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher

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Ketchup Clouds is magic, if you allow it to be, and don't look at it with a reviewer's critical eye, like I did. A 4/5 for this brilliant book. And, when reading, as Aaron says, "Just fly …"
-Guardian

Synopsis

Previously published under the title Ketchup Clouds
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 three months ago exactly.

Zoe has an unconventional pen pal -- Mr. Stuart Harris, a Texas Death Row inmate and convicted murderer. But that's okay, because 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 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 the 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.
 

About Annabel Pitcher

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Annabel Pitcher graduated from Oxford University with a degree in English literature and went on to edit television scripts for the comedy Harry Hill and the long-running soap opera Coronation Street. Her debut novel, My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece, was nominated for more than fourteen UK awards, including the CILIP Carnegie Medal, the Guardian children's fiction prize, the Waterstones Children's Book Prize, the Dylan Thomas Prize, and two Galaxy British Book Awards. Annabel was also named one of the Guardian's ten favorite children's authors. Ketchup Clouds (now titled Yours Truly) won the Waterstones Children's Book Prize in the UK. She lives in Yorkshire, England, with her husband, son, and dog.
 
Published December 27, 2012 by Orion Children's Books. 304 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Kirkus

Good
Reviewed by Mandy Wan on Nov 12 2013

It’d be nice and easy if this book and I were the rainbow-unicorn-happiness type. But what we have is real and it hurts, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

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Kirkus

Excellent
on Sep 18 2013

After many red herrings, a bittersweet ending brings compassion and answers to Zoe’s dilemma and shows just how easy it is to make mistakes and how hard love can be.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Oct 07 2013

Zoe’s introspective and surprisingly humorous voice will strike a chord with readers as they dwell on the space between guilt and innocence.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by OrliTheBookworm on Jan 22 2013

Ketchup Clouds is magic, if you allow it to be, and don't look at it with a reviewer's critical eye, like I did. A 4/5 for this brilliant book. And, when reading, as Aaron says, "Just fly …"

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Mal Peet on Jan 04 2013

Ketchup Clouds is risky, confident, compelling and ends, as all prize-winning teen novels seemingly must, with hope for redemption and self-forgiveness.

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