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The Ant Colony


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About the Author

Jenny Valentine moved house every two years when she was growing up. She has also worked as a teaching assistant and a jewellery maker. She studied English Literature at Goldsmiths College, which almost put her off reading but not quite. Jenny is married to a singer/songwriter and has two children. In 2007, Jenny won the Guardian Prize for Children's Fiction with her debut novel Finding Violet Park.


Praise for Jenny Valentine:

'Valentine has the essential storyteller's gift of making you want to read on - and to know more even after the book is finished.' Guardian

'The award-winning Valentine has a keen eye for the idiosyncrasies of young children, and the rhythms of family life.' The Bookseller

Praise for The Ant Colony:

'[Valentine] has a magical narrative voice that instantly engages ... Valentine writes so beautifully and so convincingly that you're instantly swept in the mystery of these people's lives.' Amanda Craig, The Times

'Valentine's observation and language is both unexpected and refreshing.' Nicolette Jones, Sunday Times Culture

'[Valentine] has produced a story that is both witty and entertaining ... charmingly written.' Daily Telegraph

'This is a fine piece of slice-of-life fiction, warm but not cosy, neatly structured and credible.' FT Weekend

'A moving narrative of belonging, love and redemption.' School Librarian

'The Ant Colony... has a very raw emotional honesty about it that is tempered past heartbreak by a vivid imagination and wonderful sense of humour. [It's] completely gorgeous, utterly charming, funny, sweet, sad, and underneath it all, very, very real.' The Bookbag

'Expertly plotted and continually gripping, it is hard to remember that this is only Jenny Valentine's third novel ... an excellent and heartening read.' Books for Keeps

'Intriguing.' Mizz

'A clever and well-paced plot.' The Ultimate Book Guide

'Once again the author has created believable characters with integrity and skill. They come complete with flaws, hopes and fears and effectively convey a whole range of emotions.' Carousel

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