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    A Monster Calls – Patrick Ness

    “The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do. Conor was awake when it came. He’d had a nightmare. Well, not a nightmare. The nightmare. The one he’d been having a lot lately. The one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming. The one with the hands slipping from grasp, no matter how hard he tried to hold on. The one that always ended with-” When the monster turns up Conor is expecting it. What he isn’t expecting however, is for it to be the monster it is. He was expecting the monster from his nightmare, the one that has been terrorising him for months. This monster…

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    Anthem for Jackson Dawes – Celia Bryce

    “Jackson Dawes He’s as tall as doors, standing in his battered old hat, singing his battered old  songs, slapping his fingers down the length of the sand like an upright bass.” Jackson Dawes is an old hand at life on the cancer ward. When Megan Bright turns up she’s unsure of what shes meant to do, what life will be like and why she’s been put on the baby ward. Jackson is the only other person her age but his cheerful, mischievous manner is enough to put her off him; for now. Once Megan gets used to him though it would appear that his warmth and sparkle is contagious and…

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    Before I Die (Now is Good) – Jenny Downham

    “I wish I had a boyfriend, I wish he lived in the wardrobe on a coat hanger. Whenever I wanted, I could get him out an he’d look at me the way boys do in films, as if I’m beautiful. He wouldn’t speak much, but he’d be breathing hard as he took off his leather jacket and unbuckled his jeans.” Tessa has cancer. She is dying, choosing to stop the treatment that was causing her so much more pain than she could bear. But before she goes, she has a list, and every thing on that list has to be done. Number one on the list is sex, and that’s…

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    The Look – Sophia Bennett

    “’busk: to perform music in the streets and other public places for money.’ That’s the official dictionary definition. I checked it on Dad’s computer before we came out, while I was waiting for Ava to remember where she’d put her flute case. But there was another version underneath: ‘busk it [informal]: to do something as well as you can, without much preparation’ That’s the one we need, my sister and me. We aren’t so much busking as busking it. And I have a feeling it shows.” Ted and her sister are trying to get a bit extra cash in. Since their father lost his job ad they had to move…