Teen Stuff: Cool fiction titles by Jenny Valentine

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Me, the missing, and the Dead, which won The Guardian Children's Fiction Prize (under the title “Finding Violet Park”), is told from the point of view of 16 year old Lucas Swain. His father went missing five years ago and he now lives in a tension-filled house in London with his mother and two siblings. The book centers around his friendship with a dead lady he finds in a taxi cab office. A dead lady named Violet Park who resides in an urn, to be exact. Everything in this book happens by chance and is fueled by coincidence. Lucas believes he was lead to Violet in order to figure out what happened to his father. He learns a lot about himself, his family, life, and loss through the course of this fantastic book.

Jenny Valentine’s follow up novel, and not to be missed, is Broken Soup, which also has similar themes of grief, family, friendship, and love.