Ketchup Clouds: A Novel
Ketchup Clouds: A Novel
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Annotation: Zoe, a teenager in Bath, England, writes letters to a death-row inmate in Texas, hoping to find comfort in sharing her guilty secret over the death of a friend with someone who can never tell her family.
Catalog Number: #5556686
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Copyright Date: 2013
Edition Date: 2013
Pages: 261 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-316-24676-X
ISBN 13: 978-0-316-24676-7
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2012044116
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
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Word Count: 63,164
Reading Level: 5.0
Interest Level: 7-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 5.0 / points: 9.0 / quiz: 162791 / grade: Middle Grades+
Reading Counts!: reading level:5.7 / points:17.0 / quiz:Q62179
Lexile: 820L

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 exactly three months ago.

Zoe has an unconventional pen pal--Mr. Stuart Harris, a Texas Death Row inmate and convicted murderer. But then again, 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 a 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 a 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.


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