Author(s): Annabel Pitcher
Fifteen-year-old Zoe has a secret - a dark and terrible secret that she can't confess to anyone she knows. But then one day she hears of a criminal, Stuart Harris, locked up on death row in Texas. Like Zoe, Stuart is no stranger to secrets. Or lies. Or murder. Full of heartache yet humour, Zoe tells her story in the only way she can - in letters to the man in prison in America. Armed with a pen, Zoe takes a deep breath, eats a jam sandwich, and begins her tale of love and betrayal.
Zoe is sixteen and has a secret that is keeping her up at night with guilt, so she begins writing to an inmate on death row, someone she feels will be the only person she can tell her secret to. The story follows Zoe's relationships with two boys, Max and Aaron, and her family. I loved the characters in this book, especially the funny, self-aware and relatable-to Zoe. I began reading this after work and couldn't stop until I had finished it much later that night. I was completely hooked. One of my favourite young adult novels in a while, I highly recommend. - Jessie
15 year old "Zoe" has a secret. One that is eating her up inside. So she writes guilt ridden letters to the only person she thinks will understand, a man sentenced to death for murder. Unlike most young adult novels, Ketchup Cloudsunderstands that teenage life isn't black and white, but several shades of grey. Aimed at an older market than Pitcher's first book, the fantastic My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece, this book would suit older teens. - Lucy
Annabel Pitcher studied English at Oxford and has since worked as a script writer and an English teacher. She lives in Yorkshire with her husband and is now a full time writer. To visit Annabel's website, click here.