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‘Fire Colour One’: A crash course in Jenny Valentine

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She has been out of the YA spotlight for a little while now, but this former queen of YA lit is coming back with her gorgeous new book, ‘Fire Colour One’. Woven with a twisting storyline and dotted with memorable characters and killer lines, we think that ‘Fire Colour One’ should be added to your (already way too long) ‘Must Read’ list right now.

“Iris’s father, Ernest, is at the end of his life and she hasn’t even met him. Her best friend, Thurston, is somewhere on the other side of the world. Everything she thought she knew is up in flames.

Now her mother has declared war and means to get her hands on Ernest’s priceless art collection. But Ernest has other ideas. There are things he wants Iris to know after he’s gone. And the truth has more than one way of coming to light.”

If you want to have any idea of Jenny Valentine’s work and style before you plunge into this book, then by all means, check out MP!’s Crash Course.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT: Jenny Valentine.

  • This talented lady has occupied a range of interesting jobs, including wholefood shop worker, teaching assistant, jewellery maker, and of course, author.
  • She attended Goldsmiths College and studied English Lit.
  • She moved house every 2 years while growing up
  • Really awesome writer
  • Awesome person
  • Love her

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT: her books.

Valentine’s best known book is ‘Finding Violet Park’, the story of one boy and a stranger’s ashes. Weird, wonderful, and winner of 2007 Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize – a staple amongst Valentine fans.

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If you’re going to buy any other Valentine titles, we would definitely suggest one of the above 4. Not only are these covers uber beautiful, but they’re great reads for YA fans and you can get all of them on your Kindle for £11.49.

Here are the intriguing first lines of the blurbs:

‘Broken Soup’: “When the good-looking boy with the gentle voice presses the dropped negative into Rowan’s hand, she’s sure it’s all a big mistake.”

‘The Double Life of Cassiel Roadlight’: “Two boys. One identity. He can change his life if he says yes…”

‘Finding Violet Park’: “The mini cab office was up a cobbled mews with little flat houses either side. That’s where I first met Violet Park, what was left of her.”

‘Ant Colony’: “Number 33 Georgiana Street houses many people and yet seems home to none.”

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT: ‘Fire Colour One’

It’s about this painting.

It’s about a girl named Iris, who loves fire and is struggling to control it. It’s about a street boy with a million tricks up his sleeve. And a father with a secret to share and not much time to do so.

Melancholic, thoughtful, with a strong first person narration, Jenny Valentine’s ‘Fire Colour One’ is striking. It’s the kind of book which possesses a voice you will hear in your head for hours later.

And you really need to read it.

 

 

 

 

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Written by Laura Fulton

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