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    The Castle – Sophia Bennett

    “What is wrong with this picture?  It’s Saturday afternoon. We’re in the small, ancient church of St Thomas the Martyr in Winchelsea, where my granny does the flowers, and where I was christened fourteen years ago.  I’m in a satin dress. An old-fashioned bridesmaid’s dress with a sash. It’s apricot satin, apparently. Or peach. Some soft fruit or other. And it comes down to my ankles. Did I mention the sash? There are no words.” Peta is watching her mother marry a family friend, just a year after her dad has been declared dead, when she gets a phone call. Its not great timing but the caller, who she doesn’t…

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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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    Love, Lies & Lemon Pies – Katy Cannon

    “Home is a funny word.  It means different things to different people. Everyone believes that the way they live, the way their family do things, that’s normal. Whatever anyone else does? Just plain weird.  Maybe that means we’re all normal, in our own way. And maybe we’re all a little bit freakish as well.  Still, say ‘home’ to a group and ask them to define it, and you’ll get as many different responses as there are people.” When the head of year suggests a meeting at her house to discuss life since her dad died, Lottie knows she must do anything to stop that from happening. She manages to convince…

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    The Year of The Rat – Clare Furniss

    “The traffic light glows reed through the rainy windscreen, blurred, clear, blurred again, as the wipers swish to and fro. Below it, in front of us, is the hearse. I try not to look at it. My hands fidget as though they don’t belong to me, picking at a loose thread on my sleeve, stretching my skirt down so that it covers more of my legs. Why did I wear it? It’s way too short for a funeral.” Pearl has a new baby sister. However that sister – The Rat – is the reason Pearl no longer has a mum and Pearl isn’t sure if she’ll ever be able to…

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    Heartbeat – Elizabeth Scott

    “I sit down with my mother. My smile is shaky as I tell her about my day.‘I think I did okay on my history test,’ I say. ‘Oh, and Olivia wore her new pair of false eyelashes, the ones I told you about. She was batting them around so much that a teacher stopped and asked if she had something caught in her eyes.’I laugh at the memory, and the sound is shaky too. ‘Olivia wasn’t super happy about that.’There’s a slight movement, but its not on Mom’s face. Her face never changes. But under the skin of Mom’s stomach… I don’t want to look but I can’t help it, because there…

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    The Lost Girl – Sangu Mandanna

    “I remember being in town with Mina Ma. I must have been about ten. She wanted to buy a lottery ticket and I stood outside the newsagent’s and looked in the window of the toyshop next door. There was a man in the shop, sitting on a stool with a knife and a large piece of wood in his hands. I watched him for ages… His hands moved so delicately, so lovingly.”  Eva wasn’t born, she was made, by The Weavers. She has been sculpted into someone else her entire life by her guardians, her other and her familiars. She is an Echo, she exists purely to replace her other,…

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    Forever – Judy Blume

    The 2011 MacMillan version of ‘Forever’ “Sybil Davison has a genius I.Q. and has been laid by at least six different guys. She told me herself, the last time she was visiting her cousin, Erica, who is my good friend. Erica says this is because of Sybil’s fat problem and her need to feel loved – the getting laid part, that is” Katherine is a senior at high school. Its New Years Eve when she meets Michael at Sybil’s party. She thinks nothing of him at the party but when he turns up the next day under the pretense of picking up his records and tells her the real reason…

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    Dear Dylan – Siobhan Curham

    “From: georgie*harris@hotmail.com To: info@dylancurtland.com Date: Mon, 22 May 16:05 Subject: Love Dear Dylan, Oh my God, this feels really weird, writing you an email as if I know you or something! But the thing is, I really feel as if I do know you. And – here goes – I love you. I know we haven’t met or anything, but sometimes when I watch you in Jessop Close I feel as if you’re talking just to me.”  Georgie’s first major crush is Dylan Curtland, except she can’t exactly flirt and bat her eyelashes at him like her friend Jessica does to Jamie, the boy she fancies. That’s because Dylan isn’t…

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    Soul Fire – Kate Harrison

    ***Whilst I have taken great care not to spoil any of the story in this review please take note that this is book 2 of the Soul Beach series so therefore may contain spoilers for book 1.*** “Another Death is coming, I can feel it.  Maybe I gained a sixth sense when I decided I would be the last person to hold Meggie Forster. The last person to touch her skin. The last to brush her hair.  It wasn’t murder. I was protecting her from the others, the ones who wanted to exploit her face, her name, her soul.” Ever since Alice’s sister Meggie was murdered, she has been spending…

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    Soul Beach – Kate Harrison

    “The girl is dead, no doubt about it. That face, the one that launched a billion internet clicks, is flushed, as though she’s spent too long in the sun. Somehow, her skin still glows – one of the TV critics called her dewy – but that won’t last, of course.” When Alice receives an email from her sister she is stunned. The emaill arrives on the day of a funeral, a funeral of someone who’s been dead for four months, her sisters funeral. It must be some kind of sick joke, someone must have hacked Meggie’s emails. But then an email arrives inviting Alice to Soul Beach, an online community…