The Ant Colony
Author: Jenny Valentine
Publication Date: 5th March 2009
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 Isabel 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!
I love the way the book is narrated; switching between points of views, this book tells the story of 17 year old runaway Sam and 10 year old Bohemia - a young girl struggling with her mum's speedy relationships. Both Sam and Bohemia have experienced some shape of distress in their youthful lives. As well as the two of them Number 33 houses interfering old Isabel, 'tough guy' Mick with the gun tattoo, scale-face Steve and thin, blonde Cherry (Bohemia's mum); and of course Isabel's peeing dog Doormat!
I love the way everyone is associated with ants! This is a really funny book that tells an amazing story!