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    Bringing the Summer – Julia Green

    “It’s the end of August, my last day on the island of St Ailla. ‘I’m just going out,’ I call to Evie as I slip out of the back door, on my way to the shed to pick up my wetsuit. ‘One final swim!’ ‘Keep an eye on the time, Freya,’ she calls back from the kitchen. ‘The ferry leaves at eleven.’ It’s the end of another summer and Freya is leaving St Ailla once again. After spending so many summers there she is determined to leave this year and make a new start. College is approaching and she wants to make more friends, experience more of life and have…

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    Welcome, Caller, this is Chloe – Shelley Coriell

    “I loved being a burrito. Not the actual costume, a stinky ankle length tube of compressed foam with scratchy shoulder straps. No, I loved the physical act of being a burrito – more precisely, of getting people to notice me – and i was good at it.” Chloe’s life may not be perfect, but she’s got a few things sorted out. She enjoys her saturday job, dressed up as a burrito, handing out flyers on the towns busiest road, always showing off a pair of vintage shoes in the process. Then just after winter break she goes to lean into the car of her best friend, Brie, and gets stung.…

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    Emma Hearts LA – Keris Stainton

    It’s not enough that Emma’s best friend moved to New York a year ago, or that her parents split up a few months back, now her life has to change dramatically again because her mums got a new job – in LA. Emma’s not thrilled about moving to practically the other side of the world but what else can she do? Stay with the Dad she’s mad at? That’s not happening!  So off they go, for a new life, Emma’s mum settles in great, loving work and getting her life back on track, Emma’s sister gets a meeting with a casting agent and starts auditions for the glamorous world of…

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    Wonder – RJ Palacio: Early Review

    “I know I’m not an ordinary ten-year-old kid. I mean, sure, I do ordinary things. I eat ice cream. I ride my bike. I play ball. I have an Xbox. Stuff like that makes me ordinary. I guess. And I feel Ordinary. Inside. But I know ordinary kids don’t make other ordinary kids run away screaming in playgrounds. I know ordinary kids don’t get stared at wherever they go.” August was born with a severe facial deformity, in and out of hospital for most of his life he’s never been to normal school, he’s been home-schooled, until now… He is ten and about to start fifth grade at the local…

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    Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher

    “’Sir?’ she repeats ‘How soon do you want it to get there?’ I run two fingers, hard, over my left eyebrow. The throbbing has become intense. ‘It doesn’t matter’ I say. The clerk takes the package. The same shoebox that sat on my porch less than twenty-four hours ago; rewrapped in a brown paper bag, sealed with clear packaging tape, exactly as I had received it. But now addressed with a new name. The next name on Hannah Baker’s list.” When Clay Jensen picks up a package that’s been left on his porch, he doesn’t know what it contains, he doesn’t know its going to change his life, he doesn’t…

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    Double Clutch – Liz Reinhardt

    “My Mom waltzed into my room early on the morning of my first day of high school back in Sussex County, NJ, after a year in Denmark, and I breathed a sigh of relief that she kissed my forehead like it was my first day of kindergarten instead. “ Brenna’s back home after a year of living, and homeschooling, in Denmark, her stepfathers home country. Excited but also terrified by being back at school she breathes a sigh of relief when one of the first people she encounters is her best friend from Middle School, Kelsie. But that’s only at the local high school, and Brenna has opted for Share…

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    The Boyfriend List – E Lockhart

    “1. Adam (but he doesn’t count.) 2. Finn (but people just thought so.) 3. Hutch (but I’d rather not think about it.) 4. Gideon (but it was just from afar.) 5. Ben (but he didn’t know.) 6. Tommy (but it was impossible.) 7. Chase ( But it was all in his mind.) 8. Sky (but he had someone else.) 9. Michael  (but I so didn’t want to.) 10. Angelo (but it was just one date.) 11. Shiv (but it was just one kiss.) 12. Billy (but he didn’t call.) 13. Jackson (yes, okay, he was my boyfriend. Don’t ask me anymore about it.) 14. Noel (but it was just a…

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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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    Forbidden – Tabitha Suzuma

    “I gaze at the small, crisp, burned-out black husks scattered across the chipped white paint of the windowsills. It is hard to believe that they were ever alive. I wonder what it would be like to be shut up in this airless glass box, slowly baked for two long months by the relentless sun, able to see the outdoors – the wind shaking the green trees right there in front on you – hurling yourself again and again at the invisible wall that seals you off from everything that is real and alive and necessary until eventually you succumb: scorched, exhausted, overwhelmed by the impossibility of the task. “ 16 and 17…

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    Lottie Biggs is (Not) Tragic – Hayley Long

    “I am what I am Just when I thought I knew everything about me that there is to know, I have gone and shocked myself. I am potentially the next Lady Gaga. I’ve written my very own chart-topping smash hit pop classic, which succeeds in being both poppy and light and deep and meaningful all at the same time. When you consider I gave up music at the end of Year 9, this is actually quite incredible.” Lottie Biggs has had her fair share of adventures and interesting events. Following her slight mental disturbance in the summer and an interesting start to Year 11, Lottie is looking forward to finishing…