Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Ten Stations by Jenny Valentine (World Book Day)

From the book: Lucas and his sister Mercy have good intentions when they take their little brother Jed and forgetful grandad Norman on a day out in London. It's only ten stations - what could possibly go wrong?

In just sixty one pages, Jenny Valentine managed to make me care about her characters, laugh out loud and wish that this story was longer. Ten Stations revisits characters from Valentine's debut novel, Finding Violet Park, and was written specifically for World Book Day 2009.

Lucas is as funny as ever, with his quick quips and incredibly sarcastic comments. We also learn more about his sister Mercy, and how she feels towards her family. The Norman/Jed scenes were brilliant to read, and provided most of the book's humour. Who would have thought a seven year old and an eighty-odd year old man could forge such a strong and loyal friendship?!

I love that Jenny Valentine's books are all set in and around London, as the references and descriptions make the characters and situations seem that much more realistic. Also, the cover is as quirky as ever, and will fit nicely with your other JV books!

So, if you're in the UK and are planning to buy a WBD book, I would highly recommend this one! Not only is Ten Stations included, but if you flip the book over, there is a Cathy Hopkins Mates, Dates story too. Not bad for £1! And if you're outside the UK/Ireland, I have a couple of copies of this to give away, so check back tomorrow for more WBD fun!

7 comments:

Chicklish said...

Great review! I really enjoyed this little book too.

H said...

Yay for World Book Day!

Steph Su said...

Aww, this WBD thing sounds so cool. I'd never heard of it before. And you know how much I'm already loving Jenny Valentine. This one looks cute too!

Thao said...

61 pages? It's super short. But it sounds cool. I wanna try it someday!

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I'm gonna get this one. I love Jenny Valentine. Do you know how long it's out for?

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

Hey, did you know The Story Siren gave you an award?

http://www.thestorysiren.com/2009/03/im-special.html

prophecygirl said...

No.. I had no idea! Wow!