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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…

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    Hidden – Miriam Halahmy

    “Schools out and I’m waiting for Kim when my phone bleeps. Cant cum shopping. Gran sick. Soz. So I’m stuck here on the high street on my own, my best friend since forever sucked back into her super huge family. I need a new top but I’ve got hardly any money left and mum wants me home in one hour max, because since she broke her leg she expects me to do everything. Even clean the loo.” Alix is having a hard time. Her mum broke her leg, just after her Grandpa and her dad left them, so shes stuck doing everything around the house, including bringing the money in!…

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    Pink – Lili Wilkinson

    “’You’re leaving?’ Chloe dropped my hand. ‘I know, it sucks,’ I lied ‘My parents think I’ll get better marks at a new school’ Another lie. ‘The fascists’ said Chloe, which was kind of hilarious given that my parents met at the Feminist-Socialist-Anarchist Collective at university” Ava has everything she could want, good grades, a beautiful girlfiend and parents who are so understanding that they through her a coming-out party when she told them she was a lesbian. So why isn’t it enough? She wants to try something different; she wants to push her boundaries, which is why she’s applied to attend The Billy Hughes for Academic Excellence. She wants to…

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    Struts and Frets – Jon Skovron

    ‘Our band was called Tragedy of Reason. Or Tragedy of Wisdom. We hadn’t decided yet. I liked “Reason” because it said how much it sucked to be the only thoughtful person in a crazy world. But our frontman, Joe, liked “Wisdom” because, he said: “It just sounds cooler!”’ Sammy is a musician, he doesn’t just play guitar, it is engrained into him. His band sucks a bit but hes determined to make them awesome to win the upcoming Battle of the Bands. But with a singer who cant remember the lyrics and a bassist who switches songs partway through one Sammy has his work cut out to make this band the…

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    A Gathering Light – Jennifer Donnelly

    “When Summer comes to the North Woods, time slows down. And some days it stops altogether. The sky, grey and lowering for much of the year, becomes an ocean of blue, so vast and brilliant you can’t help but stop what you are doing – pinning wet sheets to the line maybe, or shucking a bushel of corn on the back steps – to stare up at it.” Mattie is the eldest of four girls, and the second eldest of five siblings. But following her mothers death and her brothers sudden departure, she is left in charge of the household. Holding onto dreams of going to college in New York…

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    What My Mother Doesnt Know – Sonya Sones

    “Nicknames Most people just call me Sophie (Which is the name On my birth certificate), Or Sof,          Or sometimes Sofa. Zak and Danny think its cute To call me Couch” Sophie is almost fifteen, but there’s a lot going on with her life. Her mum has a crazy addiction to soap operas and she seems a bit boy-crazy. But that’s just normal for a 14 year old girl right? It’s normal to not know what you want. It’s a part of growing up. This is probably going to be a short review… sorry but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy this book… it was just short that’s all! This is…