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Ketchup Clouds
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Ketchup Clouds
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15-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. Zoe tells her story in the only way she can: in letters to the man in prison in America.
15-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. Zoe tells her story in the only way she can: in letters to the man in prison in America.
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    Starred review from October 7, 2013
    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.

  • AudioFile Magazine A British teen sends a series of letters to a death row inmate in Texas. Zoe (not her real name since she's confessing her part in the death of a boy) tells the story of her family, friends, romance, and death. Julie Maisey delivers the salutation of each letter with a slow, stilted narration, as if she were reading as Zoe writes it out. The rest of the letters she reads fluidly and evenly. Her British accent and vocal expression are perfect for the funny and introspective Zoe. While the mystery builds as Zoe gets closer to ending her story, Maisey's narration remains true to Zoe's voice. With this story the listener gets an inside look at the mind and emotions of a teenager who is exploring love and grief. E.N. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine
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