Valentine Joe
Rebecca Stevens
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UK Price: £6.99
Format: Paperback
Age: 10+
Size: 198x129mm
Extent: xxxpp
ISBN: 978-1-909489-60-8
Publication date: May 2014
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World Rights     Rights sold: Germany, Netherlands, UK Audio


When fifteen-year-old Rose visits Belgium, she can feel the deep scars left there by the Great War. But when she hears the sound of marching late at night, she does not expect to see the ghosts of the past from her window …

Rose’s granddad takes her on a trip to Ypres, Belgium to visit the graves of those who died in the Great War. It’s the day before Valentine’s Day, but Rose can sense the shattered old city beneath the chocolate-box new. And it seems that it can sense her too. When she goes up to her room that night, she hears the sound of marching feet and glimpses from her window a young soldier on his way to the front line …

 

You can listen to the first chapter of VALENTINE JOE here (with kind permission from W.F. Howes).

‘A moving exploration of the war’s impact resonating down the years.’
TONY BRADMAN, AUTHOR
‘A touching, tentative love affair develops, set against the carnage of war. Rose knows Joe is doomed but cannot alter his destiny nor warn him … This delicate little story, told with economy and tact, was inspired by letters written home from France by Rebecca Stevens’s own grandfather, an RAF pilot during the First World War. Valentine Joe himself was a real person, and Stevens uses him to embody all the futility and tragically misplaced glory of that conflict whose centenary is now upon us.’
JAMES LOVEGROVE, FINANCIAL TIMES
‘Valentine Joe is smart, funny, touching and incredibly easy to read. Highly recommended’
SO MANY BOOKS, SO LITTLE TIME
‘Valentine Joe by Rebecca Stevens is inspired by a real life story of one of the youngest Tommies to die on the Western Front and his story is told through the eyes of a modern-day schoolgirl with a moving voice.’
ARMADILLO MAGAZINE
‘Based on a true story, Valentine Joe offers an intriguing insight into the war, but also provides a window into Rose’s relationship with her family … The dreamy and self-reflective Rose will particularly appeal to girls aged 10-15.’
BOOKTRUST
‘This book packs a powerful emotional punch in just 150 pages as it combines grief, love and the reality of the trenches … This is a beautifully written story that sensitively evokes the rawness of grief and how it can trap the living – and if it doesn’t make you cry, you must have a heart of flint.’
SALLY MORRIS, DAILY MAIL
‘Massively recommended, a really stunning read … a hugely powerful novel.’
THE BOOKBAG
‘A thought-provoking, original and deeply moving story which brings the war vividly to life.’
JULIA ECCLESHARE
‘This is a little gem of a book – beautifully written and full of emotion … Valentine Joe is the kind of book every young girl should read – part ghost story, part romance, part history lesson – completely wonderful!’
CHILDREN’S BOOKSELLER, TOPPINGS BATH

It was the day before Valentine’s Day and Rose was on a train, speeding through the misty Kent countryside with her passport in her bag, her

“I've always loved ghost stories, I've always loved love stories and I've always loved stories where the past and the present collide. Valentine Joe's story gave me the chance to combine all three. Perfect!”

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