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, three months ago exactly.
Zoe has a terrible secret, and she can't tell anyone she knows. But then she hears of Mr. Stuart Harris, a Texas death row inmate. Like Zoe, Stuart is no stranger secrets. Or lies. Or murder. As Zoe's life begins to unravel, she tells him her story in the only way she can: by sitting in her shed at midnight, eating a jam sandwich, and writing to her unconventional pen pal on the back of her Geography homework. Mr. Harris may never respond to Zoe's letters about how she fell for two brothers and killed one of them, but at least somebody will know her story-somebody who knows what it's like to kill a person you love.
Rising literary star Annabel Pitcher pens a captivating second novel, 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.
Winner of the 2013 Waterstones Children's Book Prize
A YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Pick
Nominated for the 2014 Edgar Allen Poe Award for Best Young Adult Fiction
* "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)
* "By turns heartbreaking and hilarious... Zoe's voice is witty and introspective as she explores issues relating to family, grief, and love."
—Booklist (starred review)
Annabel Pitcher is the award-winning author of My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece and Yours Truly. She graduated from Oxford University with a degree in English Literature. She lives in Yorkshire, England, with her husband, son, and dog.