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    Water Born – Rachel Ward

    “You need eyes in the back of your head with kids, don’t you? They’re there one minute, gone the next.  Someone nearby shouts and it brings me back to my sense. I look around and she’s not next to me. Nicola. I can’t work out where she is, but she can’t be far away. I only took my eyes off her for a second, didn’t I?” Nic has always been drawn to the water. At two and a half she nearly drowns, her parents and grandmother think its best to move away. Then as a teen she shows a natural talent for swimming, her parents aren’t happy but it makes…

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    Tease – Amanda Maciel

    “‘Did you ever have a physical confrontation with Miss Putnam?’  ‘Did what?’  ‘Did you ever have a -‘  ‘Oh. Yeah. Um, yeah, I guess there was the one time in the locker room.’  The lawyer writes this down, even though the tape recorder is on, has been on the whole time. Also, she already knows the answer to the question. Also, the law firm’s intern is taking notes, too. I shouldn’t notice how hot he is, but he’s the only good thing to look at in here.” Emma Putnam is dead, and everyone is blaming Sara. Everyone except maybe Sara herself and her best friend Brielle. They, along with three…

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    Stella – Helen Eve

    “Everyone wants to hear a story about an underdog, don’t they? A kid with a stammer getting a recording contract; an ex-con winning the lottery. The public’s sympathy might always lie with the underdog rather than the deserving winner, but, even so, I won’t try to deceive you. I’m not an underdog. Far from it.  Stella Hamiltion is the queen bee. She has everything going for her and when things aren’t on track for her to be viewed the champ, she changes them. When Caitlin is dragged from her quiet life in New York City to England and forced to attend Temperley High, a posh boarding school different to any…

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    Burning Bright – Sophie McKenzie

    “Emmi banged on the door of my changing cubicle.  ‘River,’ she yelled. ‘Come on.’ I gritted my teeth and opened the door. Emmi stood in front of me, her hands on her hips. Tall, dark and impatient, the string of her dark blue designer bikini were looped in artfully casual bows over her slim hips and tanned shoulder. Grace hovered beside her – all fragile and blonde – in a pretty, pink one-piece.” Its four months since River and Flynn got together, and its been amazing for River. However Flynn’s temper is not getting any better and when River finds out he has been getting into fights and people are…

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    Mercury – Hope Larson

    In small-town modern day Nova Scotia Tara is getting to grips with living at her aunt and uncles house and returning to school after two years o home-schooling. Following a fire that burnt down the family home and her mum moving away following a better job, Tara is feeling lonely and unsure of what her life has become. Reminiscent of a time 150 years previous when her ancestor Josey has met Asa Curry, Josey doesn’t know that her world will be turned upside down by the arrival of this new man in town and she certainly doesn’t know that being swept off your feet is not always a good thing.…

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    She Is Not Invisible – Marcus Sedgwick

    “One final time I told myself I wasn’t abducting my little brother.  I swear I hadn’t even thought of it that way until we were on the underground, and by the time we got to the airport, it was too late for second thoughts, and it was too late to put Mum’s credit card back in her purse.  It was also too late not to have used that credit card to buy us, Benjamin and me, two tickets to New York, and it was without a shadow of a sought far too late not to have taken five hundred dollars from the fancy-pants cash machine at the airport.” TWO DRIED…

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    Weirdos Vs Quimboids – Natasha Desbough

    ‘‘Felix Winters looks so HOT in a tuxedo,’ I whispered. His bum cheeks are like two orbs of wonder. ‘Could a boy be any more perfect?’ ‘It would take a brave girl to attempt to prise him away from Fiona’s claws,’ Petrina replied from behind me. ‘Look at her with her leg cocked up against his thigh. She’s like a dog marking its territory on a lamp post.’ ‘One day he’ll realise how shallow she really is,’ I sighed, knowing that this would never really happen. ‘Oooh look! Toby’s undoing his shirt!’ Petrina shoved me roughly out of the way so that she could get a better look at the…

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    The Moon and More – Sarah Dessen

    “Here they come. ‘-or I promise you, we’ll turn tight around and go back to Paterson!’ the woman behind the wheel of the burgundy minivan was shouting as it pulled up beside me. She had her head turned towards the backseat, where I could see three kids, two boys and a girl, staring back at her. A vein in her neck was bulging, looking not unlike the interstate, thick and unmissable, on the map held by the man in the passenger seat beside her. ‘I am serious. I have had it.’” Emmaline is the first port of call for the renters of Colby Realty houses in Colby, the seaside town…

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    Friday Brown – Vikki Wakefield

    “My life has been told to me through campfire tales – stories that spill over when the fire has burned low and silence must be filled. They’re like old coats hauled from the back of the cupboard. Dusted off, aired out, good as new. My mother, Vivienne, doled them out as reward or consolation, depending on her mood. And so I came to know myself – through the telling and retelling. They became as much a part of me as blood or bone. On the night of my eleventh birthday, Vivienne told me that I was cursed.” Friday Brown has spent all her life on the run. Being brought up…

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    This Northern Sky – Julia Green

    “I’m thinking about this photograph Sam showed me. We were round at his Nan’s after school. I’d been worrying about stuff – my parents, as usual. All their arguing, and the silences, which were worse. Sam used to listen, kind of, while I went on about it.” Kate’s parents are arguing, a lot. Though there’s also ridiculously long silent moments too. They used to be so happy but she has no idea what went wrong. As a one last attempt to rekindle their relationship they are spending four weeks on a Hebridean Island, with Kate. Kate doesn’t want to go but after her relationship with her ex-boyfriend ended so badly…