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    Since You’ve Been Gone – Morgan Matson

    “The list arrived two weeks after Sloane had been gone two weeks.  I wasn’t at home to get it because I was at Sloane’s. Where I had gone yet again, hoping against hope to find her there. I had decided, as I’d driven over the her house, my iPod off and my hands gripping the steering wheel, that if she was there, I wouldn’t even need an explanation.” When Emily’s best friend Sloane disappears without a trace Emily is worried. Sloane and her parents are gone, Sloane isn’t answering emails, texts or phone calls and no one knows anything. Then Emilly is sent a list, she knows its from Sloane,…

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    Lets Get Lost – Adi Alsaid

    “Hudson could hear the car’s engine from blocks away. He stepped outside the garage and closed his eyes, listening, picking apart the sounds so that he would know exactly what he’s have to fix before he even popped the hood. Standing there against the garage, listening to the still-far-off car, Hudson could forget about everything else. About school and girls and his future and whether his friends were actually jackasses or just acting like them.”  Leila is on a mission. She is travelling across the country at her own pace, doing her own thing. On the way she will meet and change the lives of four others. Hudson is a small-town mechanise with…

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    Through Dead Eyes – Chris Priestley

    “The plane dipped out of dazzling sunshine into a grey mass of cloud. Beads of rainwater scurried diagonally down the glass, trembling as they did so. The wing tip was obscured and revealed and obscured once again in rapid succession as the plane descended through the formless murk of cloud, until a darkened landscape was laid out beneath them.”  Arriving in a dark, damp Amsterdam, Alex isn’t convinced this trip will be any fun. His dad will be spending most of the time working and he’ll be bored. That is until he finds out Angelien, his dad’s editor’s daughter, has offered to keep him company. On their first day in…

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    Two Boys Kissing – David Levithan

    “You can’t know what it is like for us now – you will always be one step behind.  Be thankful for that.  You can’t know what it was like for us then – you will always be one step ahead.  Be thankful for that, too.  Trust us; there is a nearly perfect balance between the past and the future. As we become the distant past, you become a future few of us would have imagined.” Harry and Craig were a couple. They are not anymore but they remain friends. That is why one summers day they decide to take on the world in the only way they can think of;…

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    Dead Ends – Erin Lange

    “I had a foot on some guy’s throat and a hand in my pocket the first time I saw Billy D. He was standing across the street, staring – not even trying to be sly about it – just staring without a word, without even blinking. ‘What you lookin’ at?’ I called.  His mouth fell open in a silent little O, but he didn’t respond. He didn’t leave either, just kept on staring.” When Billy D moves in over the road Dane just hopes he’ll stay away from him. Dane doesn’t do people very well and often they end up on the receiving end of his fist when they don’t…

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    Geography Club – Brent Hartinger

    “I was deep behind enemy lines, in the very heart of the opposing camp. My adversaries were all around me. For the time being, my disguise was holding, but still I felt exposed, naked, as if my secret was obvious to anyone who took the time to look. I knew that any wrong action, however slight, could expose my deception and reveal my true identity.” Russel is gay. He assumes he is the only gay person in the whole of Goodkind High School. That is until he meets another Goodkind student in an internet chat room. The other student just happens to be star baseball player Kevin and the pair…

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    Boy Meets Boy – David Levithan

    “9.00 p.m. on a November Saturday, Joni, Tony and I are out on the town. Tony is from the next town over and he needs to get out. His parents are extremely religious. It doesn’t matter which religion – they’re all the same at a certain point and few of them want a gay boy cruising around with his friends on a Saturday night. So every week Tony feeds us bible stories, then on a Saturday we show up at his doorstep well versed in parables and earnestness, dazzling his parents with our blinding purity. They slip him a twenty and tell him to enjoy our study group.” Paul and…

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    The Perks of Being A Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky

    “August 25, 1991 Dear Friend, I am writing to you because she said you listen and understand and didn’t try to sleep with that person at that party even though you could have. Please don’t try to figure out who she is because then you might figure out who I am, and I really don’t want you to do that.” Charlie is a wallflower. Just about the start his first year of high school he is scared and knows he has no friends. He observes life rather than taking part in it. He is highly intelligent but very few people actually tell him that because he is so socially awkward…

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    Dying to Know You – Aidan Chambers

    “‘Could I talk to you?’ ‘Why?’ ‘You’re a writer?’ ‘And?’  ‘I need your help’ ‘You see the sign on the door?’ ‘Yes’ ‘What does it say?’ ‘No visitors without appointment.’” Karl is quiet, shy but stubborn. He is in love with cleaver, gorgeous Fiorella and she wants him to prove it. She has asked him to write the answers for a series of questions. However Karl is dyslexic, he has trouble structuring sentences and spelling out his feelings, but he hasn’t told her; worried that she will not love him if she thinks he’s stupid. So Karl enlists the help of a local author, a local author who Fiorella adores…

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    Wanderlove – Kirsten Hubbard

    “Day 1: Arrival Travel companions Overpriced organic fruit & nut bar from airport terminal Ergonomic travel pillow Phone with astronomical roaming charges Sketchbook (knockoff moleskine) Assortment of pens and pencils Left Behind Old version of myself” Bria had had enough of being a good girl, her love of art stopped when it became a battle. Telling her parents she was fine with a State college instead of Art School gaged no reaction whatsoever and she knew she had to get away. So she booked herself onto a Global Vagabonds trek across Central America. The brochure had lots of 18-25 year old types laughing and having fun, the reality; it was…