You know sometimes you think you've done something and then you realise you haven't? Well that's exactly what I've done with the last book I read. It was so good I thought I must have told you all about it, but, no, I haven't!
Scatty, as ever...
Finding Violet Park by Jenny Valentine follows a boy called Lucas who gets concerned about an urn left in a taxi cab office for over five years. Lucas has a real quirky voice which I really enjoyed getting to know.
The evidence of reading a good book:
You think about the characters way after you've finished, like you want to visit them again or wonder what they're doing.
Lucas' story twists and turns as you get to know all about his family and their dysfunctional dynamics. Can Violet, the dead lady in the urn really link in any way to his strange family? I mean, what do you do with the urn of a lady you never knew?
For me the best part was the ending. I'm usually disappointed with then, but this one was really affective. You'll have to read it to find out why...
Jenny Valentine won the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize for this story and she's written more since, so check her out.
My cover doesn't have the teeth on it - weird!