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Broken Soup

by Jenny Valentine

Broken Soup by Jenny Valentine
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  • Published in USA  Apr 2009
    224 pages
    Genre: Novels

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Positive.

Negative.

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.

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"The story is delicately written, and mysteries and revelations involving Jack propel it forward. A solid tale of what it takes to grow up and how to ask for help. Ages 14-up." - Publishers Weekly.

"Give this poignant, rewarding story to teens who need books dealing with grief or who crave romance amid tragedy and hardship." - School Library Journal.

"Starred Review. This is rich, satisfying storytelling, indeed." - Kirkus Reviews.

"Most enjoyable: a life-affirming, witty, romantic read, about freedom, responsibility and love." - Sunday Times (UK).

"Starred Review. The language is simple, but its crafting is deft and emotional. Rowan herself is a believable blend of heroic and desperate, and the book is particularly perceptive." - - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books.

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Jenny Valentine worked in a food shop for fifteen years, where she met many extraordinary people and sold more organic bread than there are words in her first book. She 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, won the prestigious Guardian Children's Fiction Prize in the UK under the title Finding Violet Park. She is married to a singer/songwriter and has two children. They live in Hay on Wye, England.

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