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An intriguing, compelling, and moving new novel from the award-winning author of Finding Violet Park.

When the good-looking boy with the American accent presses the dropped negative into Rowan's hand, she's sure it's all a big mistake. But the next moment, he's gone, lost in the crowd of bustling shoppers. And she can't afford to lose her place in the checkout queue – after all, if she doesn't take the groceries home, nobody else will.

Rowan has more responsibilities than most girls her age. These days, she pretty much looks after her little sister single-handedly – which doesn't leave much time for friends or fun. So when she finds out that Bee from school saw the whole thing, it piques her curiosity. Who was the boy? Why was he so insistent that the negative belonged to Rowan?

©2008 Jenny Valentine (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"A wonderful debut for many reasons…. What marks this book out is not just its charm, warmth and wit, but also the skill with which Valentine braids together the threads." (The Guardian)
"No plot summary can do justice to the particular flavour of this book, both witty and with moments of genuine sweetness.… Excellent." (Books for Keeps)
"Ultra-original and brilliantly written, this will have you laughing and crying too." (Mizz Magazine)

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  • 06-19-14

Great story

Nicely plotted story that shows, through the eyes of the protagonist, Rowan, how a family is still coming to terms with the loss of the oldest son some time after the event. Sensitively handled issues and realistic characters. Highly recommended.

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