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    The Ghosts of Heaven – Marcus Sedgwick

    The spiral has existed as long as time has existed.   It’s there when a girl walks through the forest, the moist green air clinging to her skin. There centuries later in a pleasant greendale, hiding the treacherous waters of Golden Beck that take Anna, who they call a witch. There on the other side of the world as a mad poet watches the waves and knows the horrors the hide, and far into the future as Keir Bowman realises his destiny.   Each takes their next step in life. None will ever go back to the same place. And so, their journeys begin… *** Let me start this review…

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    Gretel and the Dark – Eliza Granville

    “It is many years before the Pied Piper comes back for the other children. Though his music has been silenced, still thousands are forced to follow him, young, old, large, small, everyone… Even the ogres wearing ten-league boots and cracking whips, even their nine-headed dogs. We are the rats in exodus now and the Earth shrinks from the touch of our feet. Spring leaves a butter taste. All day, rain and people fall; all night, nixies wail from the lakes. The blood-coloured ear sniffs at our heels. I keep my eyes on the road, counting white pebbles, fearful of where this last gingerbread trail is leading us.”  In 1899 Vienna…

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    The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

    “First the colours. Then the humans. That’s usually how I see things.  Or at least, how I try.  ~ Here is a small fact ~ You are going to die.  I am in all truthfulness attempting to be cheerful about this whole topic, though most people find themselves hindered in believing me, no matter my protestations Please, trust me. I most definitely can be cheerful. I can be amiable. Agreeable. Affable. And that’s only the As. Just don’t ask me to be nice. Nice has nothing to do with me. “ The year is 1939. A small girl travels from her home to Himmel Street, Molching. Nazi Germany is on…

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    Such a Pretty Girl – Laura Wiess

    “They promised me nine years of safety but only gave me three.  Today my time has run out. I sit on the curb at the back of the parking lot near the Dumpster. The waste from the condo complex bakes in this cumbersome green kiln and the stench is shocking, heavy with rancid grease and sickly-sweet decay.” Meredith has spent the past three years trying to forget about the terrible things her father did to her. He’s in prison and she is safe. Her mother blames her, still goes to see her father at the prison and stands by him, but Meredith can’t do that. Not since he touched her,…

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    This Is What Happy Looks Like – Jennifer E Smith

    “From: GDL824@yahoo.com Sent: Thursday, March 7th, 2013 10:18PM To: EONeill22@hotmail.com Subject: (no subject)  Hey, we’re running pretty behind here. Any chance you could walk Wilbur for me tonight?  From: EONeill22@hotmail.com Sent: Thursday, March 7th, 2013 10:24PM To: GDL824@yahoo.com Subject: Re: (no subject)  I think you have the wrong email address. But since I’m a dog owner too, and I don’t want poor Wilbur to be stranded, I thought I’d write back and let you know…” When an email pops up on Ellie O’Neill’s screen from Graham about his pet Wilbur needing a walk she has to answer it, she can’t leave Wilbur stranded. Assuming Wilbur is a dog, Ellie’s reply…

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    The Lover’s Dictionary – David Levithan

    “Candid, adj. ‘Most times, when I’m having sex, I’d rather be reading.’ This was, I admit, a strange thing to say on a second date. I guess I was just giving you a warning. ‘Most time when I’m reading,’ you said, ‘I’d rather be having sex.’” How does one talk about love? Do we even have the right words to describe something that can be both utterly mundane and completely transcendent, pulling us out of our everyday lives and making us feel a part of something greater than ourselves? Taking a unique approach to this problem, the nameless narrator of David Levithan’s The Lover’s Dictionary has constructed the story of his relationship…

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    In Darkness – Nick Lake

    “I am the voice in the dark, calling out for your help. I am the quiet voice that you hope will not turn to silence, the voice you want to keep hearing cos it means someone is still alive. I am the voice calling for you to come and dig me out. I am the voice in the dark, asking you to unbury me, to bring me from the grave out into the light, like a zombie.” Shorty is trapped under the rumble of the hospital he was lying in when the earthquake struck. It is 2010, the country; Haiti. Shorty is 15, terrified, alone, in the darkness and hes…

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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…