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    Siege – Sarah Mussi

    “The Before Time  In the time before the shooting I was Leah Jackson, sixteen years old. I used to wish my life was different. I had one brother of thirteen, Connor; one six-year-old sister, Sally. N dad. Not one I’d met, anyway. A mum with depression.  In the before time, I took care of everyone.” Leah hears the gunshots, they sound like popcorn popping. Sat in detention she knows no difference, until she hears the pounding footsteps in the corridor and see the two boys run into the room, shooting Miss Carter straight through the head. She does what anyone would do, she runs. Along with Anton she runs as…

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    Maggot Moon – Sally Gardner

    “I’m wondering what if.  What if the football hadn’t gone over the wall.  What if Hector had never gone looking for it.  What if he hadn’t kept the dark secret to himself.  What if… Then I suppose I would be telling myself another story. You see, the what if’s are as boundless as the stars.” Standish Treadwell’s best friend Hector went to retrieve a ball from the other side of the wall. The next day, Hector and his family were gone. Standish’s life changed when Hector came into it and now he’s gone it’s going to change again, for the worse. The Motherland is oppressing everyone in Standish’s world and…

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    Slated – Teri Terry

    “I run. Fists of waves claw the sand as I force one foot to pound after the other. Scramble up, slip down, repeat. Fast. Eyes fixed on dunes ahead. Don’t look back.Mustn’t look. Ragged breath; in, out; in, out. Still I run.” Kyla has been slated. She knows nothing prior to the nine months she has been in hospital, being prepared for the outside world. The memory of whatever happened before is gone, she is 16 and her new parents are picking her up from the hospital. The Government claim she was a terrorist, or a criminal and she is getting a second chance, but Kyla knows nothing of that…