Ketchup Clouds by Annabel Pitcher audiobook

Ketchup Clouds: A Novel

By Annabel Pitcher
Read by Julie Maisey

Hachette Book Group 9780316246767


Format : Retail CD (In Stock)
  • $40.00

    ISBN: 9781478926559

  • $59.99

    ISBN: 9781478926528

Runtime: 7.12 Hours
Category: Fiction
Audience: Young Adult (12–17)
Language: English



Winner of the 2014 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Young Adult Book

Winner of the 2013 Waterstone’s Children’s Book Prize in Overall and Teen Categories

A YALSA Pick for Best Young Adult Fiction

A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week in November 2013

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

A literary confessional novel that deals with tough stuff and romance, told through letters to a death row inmate that is by turns chilling, moving, and extremely funny, from the award-winning author of My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece

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 …

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 brothers, 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 of humor and heart. Annabel explores the themes of first love, guilt, and grief, introducing a character with a witty voice and true emotional resonance.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Pitcher is one of the sharpest and most original voices in teen literature. From the very start, Ketchup Clouds is absolutely engrossing and entirely out of the norm. Zoe’s story emerges in tantalizing fits and starts, and is ultimately tragic, moving and wonderfully told.” RT Book Reviews (4½ stars)
“Zoe’s introspective and surprisingly humorous voice will strike a chord with readers as they dwell on the space between guilt and innocence.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Pitcher…delivers a novel that is by turns heartbreaking and hilarious…One of the brothers ends up dead—this much we know—but we don’t know which one, or how Zoe was involved, until the very end. The suspense is palpable, and Zoe’s voice is witty and introspective as she explores issues relating to family, grief, and love…There’s no denying the emotional resonance of this bittersweet novel.” Booklist (starred review)
“It’s not just suspense that drives this epistolary page-turner but Zoe’s authentic emotional responses and unyielding wit...[Ketchup Clouds] shows just how easy it is to make mistakes and how hard love can be.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“The twist on a familiar epistolary format is interesting if somewhat overstretched…But the ambiguity of the dead boy’s identity keeps readers turning pages. Overall, this title will be enjoyed by teens seeking edgy, realistic fiction with elements of romance and suspense.” School Library Journal
“Zoe’s original mind, turns of phrase, and sprightly narrative style give her story quick, light momentum and moments of lyricism...Sharp, articulate perceptions and a measure of suspense—as well as a lively thread of wit and humor—make this a very engaging read.” Horn Book
“The first person narrative gives a sense of immediacy to this unusual story of love and betrayal…The ending has excellent action that explains how one of the brothers dies. The story shows whether or not Zoe can find self-forgiveness for her deed as well as deal with her troubled family. The narrative voice of the author is compelling in this story that resonates with teen angst. The unusual title of ketchup clouds is from the mosaic that Zoe’s little sister, Dot, makes on her plate with ketchup and mashed potatoes.” Children’s Literature
“The raw and overwhelming emotions jump off the page and grab the reader by the throat in this beautifully written and unique novel. The grief and the guilt are woven so tightly with Zoe’s elation of experiencing true love that it is truly heartbreaking to read…As Zoe’s story jumps between past and present, Pitcher’s excellent writing builds suspense, as nothing is completely revealed until the very end. A better title might have attracted more readers, but overall this is a fantastic and captivating book that is highly recommended.” VOYA
“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. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award,” AudioFile



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Author Bio: Annabel Pitcher

Author Bio: Annabel Pitcher

Annabel Pitcher graduated from Oxford University with a degree in English Literature and went on to edit television scripts for the comedy Harry Hill and the long-running soap opera Coronation Street. Annabel started writing My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece longhand in Ecuador, on a round-the-world trip. She lives in Yorkshire with her husband.

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Available Formats : Retail CD, Library CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 7.12
Audience: Young Adult (12–17)
Language: English