The Ant Colony

By Jenny Valentine

An irresistible novel from Guardian-award-winning novelist, Jenny Valentine.

Number 33 Georgiana Street houses many people and yet seems home to none. To runaway Sam it is a place to disappear. To Bohemia, it’s just another blip between crises, as her mum ricochets off the latest boyfriend. Old Isobel acts like she owns the place, even though it actually belongs to Steve in the basement, who is always looking to squeeze in yet another tenant. Life there is a kind of ordered chaos. Like ants, they scurry about their business, crossing paths, following their own tracks, no questions asked.

But it doesn’t take much to upset the balance. Dig deep enough and you’ll find that everyone has something to hide…

Format: ebook
Ageband: from 11
Release Date: 31 May 2012
Pages: None
ISBN: 978-0-00-738101-2
Jenny Valentine is an award-winning writer for Young Adults. Her first novel Finding Violet Park won the Guardian prize in 2007 and since then she has written six more, including Broken Soup and Fire Colour One, as well as Iggy and Me, a series for younger children. Her work has been published in 19 countries and Hello Now, her latest YA novel, was published in the UK and US in April 2020. In 2017 she was the Hay Festival International Fellow, spending the year meeting and learning from teenagers all over the world. She works to empower and give a voice to young people. She lives all over the place and has two daughters.

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