Books by Jenny Valentine

FIRE COLOR ONE by Jenny Valentine
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"A story about an ugly situation that explodes into beauty through cunning and resilience. (Fiction. 13-17)"
In any family, not everything is as it seems, but in Iris' family, this is a big problem. Read full book review >
Released: Feb. 21, 2012

"Readers who like the quick pace of Gail Giles' mysteries and the dark, finely crafted suspense of Kevin Brooks will find the perfect combination here. (Thriller. 12 & up)"
What are the odds of two identical missing boys? The possibility will haunt readers in this British import by Morris Award finalist Valentine. Read full book review >
BROKEN SOUP by Jenny Valentine
Released: April 1, 2009

Fifteen-year-old Rowan—clever, introspective and stressed—is holding her grieving, broken family together with elbow grease and well-told lies. Lacking parental support and missing her late brother Jack, Rowan focuses entirely on the day-to-day business of keeping her five-year-old sister Stroma fed, occupied and happy. Into this sad monotony drops Harper, a cute American bearing a photographic negative he insists belongs to Rowan. The photo, developed with help from would-be friend Bee, reveals Jack's face, full of joyous life. The shock of this mysterious gift prompts Rowan to build a makeshift family for herself, first relying on Bee and her father Carl, then befriending and falling for Harper. 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. This is rich, satisfying storytelling, indeed. (Fiction. YA)Read full book review >
ME, THE MISSING, AND THE DEAD by Jenny Valentine
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 2008

Deciding to hire a cab with the ten pounds his sister left in his jacket after borrowing it, Lucas enters a London cab company office to find himself mystically drawn to Violet, the dead inhabitant of an urn left behind by a fare years earlier. Lucas's own father had gone missing right about the time his younger brother was born, and his mother has never managed to let go of her anger and loss. Thus, the journey of discovery to find where Violet belongs becomes in part Lucas's attempt to come to terms with his own circumstances. Readers never learn whether it's his own loss that draws him to the answers, or whether Violet somehow leads him along through a series of interviews that enlighten both his and Violet's shadowed pasts. The voice is fresh and humorous, which keeps the melodrama low and the atmosphere light. Everyday quirkiness brings the secondary characters to life as distinct individuals, and fortuitous turns in the plot lead to the answers to Lucas's critical questions. Charmingly told, this mystery manages to be both frothy and nourishing. (Fiction. YA)Read full book review >