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    The Golden Day – Ursula Dubosarsky

    “The year began with the hanging of one man and ended with the drowning of another. But every year people die and their ghosts roam in public gardens, hiding behind the gray, dark statues like wild cats, their tiny footsteps and secret breathing muffled by the sound of falling water in the fountains and the quiet ponds.” Eleven little school girls are quietened by their teachers wish to go to the park and think about death. They do not like the thought of death but Miss Renshaw is in charge and they must do as they are told, just as she asks them not to talk about their meetings with…

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    The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight – Jennifer E Smith

    “There are so many ways it could have all turned out differently. Imagine if she hadn’t forgotten the book. She wouldn’t have had to run back into the house while Mom waited outside with the car running, the engine setting loose a cloud of exhaust in the late-day heat. Or before that, even: imagine if she hadn’t waited to try on her dress, so that she might have noticed earlier that the straps were too long” Hadley has a wedding to get to, so when she misses her flight by four minutes she knows that the next 24 hours are going to be slightly hectic. She’s meant to be on…

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    Elsewhere – Gabrielle Zevin

    “’The end came quickly, and there wasn’t any pain’ Sometimes, the father whispers it to the mother. Sometimes the mother to the father. From the top of the stairs, Lucy hears it all and says nothing. For Lizzie’s sake, Lucy wants to believe that the end was quick and painless; a quick end is a good end. But she cant help wondering, How do they know?” Fifteen year old Lizzie is hit by a car. That’s the last thing she can remember before waking up on a boat, traveling to Elsewhere. What Lizzie doesn’t realise at first is that shes dead, and Elsewhere isn’t like earth. All the inhabitants get…