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    I’ll be Home For Christmas – a YA Anthology

    Supporting homeless charity Crisis, this collection of short stories explores the lives of a number of young adults as they venture into very different Christmases. I have enjoyed reading short stories more and more since having Spike. I don’t have the time to commit to a book in full anymore and short stories give me the ideal reason to pick up a book for 10 minutes. This is why I thought I’ll be Home for Christmas was the ideal thing to read over the Christmas period last year. It features a number my favourite authors; Cat Clarke, Non Pratt and Juno Dawson. As well as a couple I’ve been meaning…

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    Monster – CJ Skuse

    “That last week at school before the Christmas Holidays, death was in everything. Im Geography, the sea was saying away at the coasts. In English, Juliet was stabbing herself with Romeo’s dagger. Even the school gerbil, Rafferty, was found stiff in his water bowl on Tuesday lunchtime. The skies above us bore a foreboding grey gloom, telling us snow was on its way to suffocate the land.”  Nash believed that the hardest thing she would have to do this school year was convince the head that she was the right girl for the Head Girl job. That was, however, before Bathory Girls for School became the place she feared most…

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    The Winter Wolf – Holly Webb

    “Tangled Branches tapped at the windows as the car nosed down the track towards the house. Amelia shivered happily. It was a bit like a fairy tale, this huge, old, abandoned house, deep in the countryside. There had been a sign at the end of the track, half grown over with ivy. Amelia had just about been able to see that it said ‘Allen House’.” Amelia is excited for her Scottish Christmas break in the old house that now belonged to her mum and her mum’s aunt. The house was in the middle of nowhere and it would be a proper family Christmas. However she didn’t expect that her cousin…

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    The Dead of Winter – Chris Priestley

    “My name is Michael: Michael Vyner. I’m going to tell you something of my life and of the strange events that have brought me to where I now sit, pen in hand, my heartbeat hastening at their recollection.  I hope that in the writing down of these things I will grow to understand my own story a little better and perhaps bring some comforting light to the still-dark, whispering recesses of my memory.” Following the death of his mother, Michael is taken in by the man his father died saving. Sir Stephen is not the man Michael was expecting him to be and in the depth of the English Countryside…

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    Let it Snow – Maureen Johnson, John Green & Lauren Myracle

    “It was the night before Christmas.  Well to be more precise, it was the afternoon before Christmas. But before I take you into the beating heart of the action, let’s get one thing out of the way. I know from experience that if it comes up later, it will distract you so much that you won’t be able to concentrate on anything else I tell you.  My name is Jubilee Dougal. Take a moment and let it sink in.  See, when you get it up front, its not that bad. Now imagine I was halfway through some long story (like I’m about to be), and I dropped that one on…

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    Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares – Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

    “December 21st Imagine this:  You’re in your favourite bookstore, scanning the shelves. You get to the section where your favourite author’s books reside, and there, nestled in comfortably between the incredibly familiar spines, sits a red notebook. What do you do? The choice, I think, is obvious: You take down the red notebook, and open it.  And then you do whatever it tells you to do.” When Lily and her brother leave a red notebook on her favourite bookshelf in her favourite bookshop she hopes that the right guy will come along and snap it up. Dash is alone this Christmas and the red notebook daring him to do things…