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    High & Dry – Sarah Skilton

    “I wasn’t invited, but I showed up to the party anyway so I could talk to Ellie Chen and find out why she dumped me two weeks ago It was a choir party at Maria Posey’s place, in celebration of killing it at the state qualifier yesterday, so I figured Ellie and her songbird friends would be there.”  When one of the Choir girls is dropped off at hospital in a severe state after OD’ing on LSD, Charlie is number one suspect, after all if was his car which did the dropping off. Charlie knows he didn’t do it but with no one else taking his side and the only…

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    Smart – Kim Slater

    “It just look like a pile of rags, floating on the water.  Jean sat on the bench with the brass plaque on. It said: In Memory of Norman Reeves, who spent many happy hours here.  The plaque means Norman Reeves is dead, but it doesn’t actually say that.  Jean held her head in her hands and her body was all jerky, like when you are laughing or crying, I guessed she was crying and I was right.  ‘He was my friend,’ she sobbed.” Jeans friend has been murdered. But the police don’t agree. To them he was just another homeless person who’s fallen into the river after one too many…

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    Anything to Have You – Paige Harbison

    “I heard her before I saw her. Music blasted from inside her car despite the fact that she was in a quiet neighbourhood. I climbed in, and she turned down the volume.  ‘So fucking cold outside,’ Brooke said as I buckled my seat belt.  ‘It’s winter, it’s supposed to be cold outside.’  She rolled her eyes and turned around in my driveway. ‘Im moving to, like, California or something. I can’t stand this. Okay, so,’ she said. ‘Justin continues to to notice me, despite my employment of slutty tank tops.'”  Natalie and Brooke are and have always been best friends. Senior year is meant to be the best time of…

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    The Killing Woods – Lucy Christopher

    “Before  Saturday Night. August. Emily.  Something was draped across Dad’s outstretched arms. A deer? A Fawn that was injured? It was sprawled and long-legged, something that had been caught in a poacher’s trap maybe: a mistake. So this is where Dad had been all this time: in the woods and cutting this creature free. I breathed out slowly, squinted at the mist that hovered around Dad like a ghost.” When Emily’s dad brings home the dead body of a girl from her school he is arrested and admits to believing he killed her. But Emily is sure he is not the killer, despite what the police think and the Post…

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    Dare To you – Katie McGarry

    “I’m not interested in second place. Never have been. Never will be. It’s not the style of anyone who wants to play in the Majors. And because of my personal philosophy, this moment sucks. My best friend is seconds from scoring a phone number from the chick working the Taco Bell counter, placing him in the lead.” When Ryan asks Beth for her number in the line at Taco Bell, she blows him off…making him look like a fool in front of his friends and making him lose the dare he and his mate had. The two leave Taco Bell believing they will not see one another again. However when…

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    The Hit – Melvin Burgess

    “With Jimmy, it was all about the fans. People often say a performer gave everything, but no one ever promised more for a show than he had tonight.  Adam didn’t believe it, but he still felt part of something special. Jimmy Earle had been the big thing for years, his shows were legendary, but nothing before had ever been like this. People had flown from California and Beijing  to be here. This was going to be the concert to end all concerts, the one experience no one could ever repeat.” The world has gone to pieces, the government are making to rich richer and the poor poorer, and a new…

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    Heroic – Phil Earle

    “Talk is cheap, which explains a lot. Explains why every day of my life has been a shouting match, why, even with the phone help away from my ear, all I could hear was banter. White noise.  We might not have the money for much else, but we can always afford an argument.” Sonny and Jamm are brothers, Jamm has spent his entire life on the look out for Sonny, who tends to live in the moment. But when Jamm is in Afghanistan and Sonny has to fend for himself a bit more. Jamm returns home on leave and instantly Sonny is aware that there is a change in him.…

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    Candy – Kevin Brooks

    “It’s hard to imagine life before Candy. Sometimes I sit here for hours, staring into the past, trying to remember what it was like, but I never seem together very far. I just can’t see myself without her. Abut the best I can manage is the last half-hour before we met, the last few moments of my pre-Candy existence, when I was still just a boy…” When Joe makes his way into London centre for a doctors appointment he doesn’t realise it will change his life. While he’s trying to work out which way to go a girl calls out to him, and from that moment he’s hooked. Candy is…

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    Before I Die (Now is Good) – Jenny Downham

    “I wish I had a boyfriend, I wish he lived in the wardrobe on a coat hanger. Whenever I wanted, I could get him out an he’d look at me the way boys do in films, as if I’m beautiful. He wouldn’t speak much, but he’d be breathing hard as he took off his leather jacket and unbuckled his jeans.” Tessa has cancer. She is dying, choosing to stop the treatment that was causing her so much more pain than she could bear. But before she goes, she has a list, and every thing on that list has to be done. Number one on the list is sex, and that’s…