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    Dark Satanic Mills – Marcus Sedgwick, Julian Sedgwick, John Higgins & Marc Olivent

    Set in a near-future Britain, Dark Satanic Mills tracks a young girl’s journey from the flooded landmarks of London to the vast, scorched and abandoned hills of the north. Framed for a murder she did not commit, the innocent and beautiful Christie has no other choice but to run for her life.  Both a cautionary tale and a rip-roaring road trip, Dark Satanic Mills is altogether an intelligent, captivating and thrilling ride – The Wizard of Oz for a new generation, told in exhilarating shades of light and dark. *** Wow, this graphic novel was intense, but I shouldn’t have expected anything less with Marcus Sedgwick and John Higgins involved.…

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    Stung – Bethany Wiggins

    “I don’t remember going to sleep. All I remember is waking up here – a place as familiar as my own face.  At least, it should be.  But there’s a problem. The once-green carpet is gray. The classical-music posters lining the walls are bleached, their brittle corners curling where the tacks are missing. My first-place ribbons are pale blue instead of royal. My sundresses are drained of colour. And my bed. I sit on the edge of a bare, sun-bleached mattress, a mattress covered with dirt and twigs and mouse droppings.”  When Fiona wakes up in her bedroom she doesn’t understand the changes within her personal space, she doesn’t understand…

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    Noble Conflict – Malorie Blackman

    “Nearly two centuries ago, the region on our Eastern boarders was not the volcanic wasteland it is today. It was a land as beautiful as our own, but inhabited by another culture, the so-called Crusaders, whose very nature was intemperate and undisciplined. Whilst we in the Alliance lived in harmony with the land, valuing and living at one with nature, their highly skilled scientists sought to control and subdue nature through their technology.” Kasper is graduating from his training as Guardian for the Alliance when the ceremony is caught under attack from a group of Insurgents, soldiers for the Crusaders. All his life Kasper has been told about their vicious,…

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    The Last Wild – Piers Torday

    “My story begins with me sitting on a bed, looking out of the window.  I know that doesn’t sound like much. But let me tell you where the bed is, and what I can see from it. This bed is right in the corner of a room only just big enough for it, and the bed is only just big enough for a kid my age. (Twelve – just about to be thirteen – and skinny.)  The window is the size of the whole wall, made of special tinted glass that means the room stays the same temperature all the time. The room is locked shut and you need an…

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    ACID – Emma Pass

    “The first time I notice the new inmate is when we’re all lined up outside our cells for morning head count. He’s standing five doors down from me, sneaking glances at the rest of us as the guards wave their wrist-scanners across our hips to read the spytags that are implanted when we first get here…  When his gaze lands on me, he does a double take, just as I knew he would.” Jenna Strong has learned to accept the stares she gets from new inmates at Mileway Prison, as the only female inmate she stands out and she has had to also learn how to deflect the come-ons and…

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    Fuse – Julianna Baggott

    *** This is the second book in the Pure series. Please note that it may contain spoilers for the first book. *** “Lying on a thin coat of snow, she sees gray earth meeting gray sky, and she knows she’s back. The horizon looks clawed, but the claw marks are only three stunted trees. They stand in a row like they’re stapling the ground to the sky.  She gasps, suddenly, a delayed reaction, as if someone is trying to steal her breath and she’s pulling it back into her throat.” Following Partridge’s escape, and Lyda’s expulsion, from The Dome, it’s inhabitants aren’t happy. Lyda was sent to bring Partridge back…

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    Pure – Julianna Baggott

    “There was low droning overhead a week or so after the Detonations; time was hard to track. The skies were buckling with dark banks of blackened cloud, the air thick with ash and dust. If it was a plane or an airship of some sort, we never knew because the sky was so clotted.” Pressia is used to living in the shadow of the Dome. In the world ruined by Detonations, she can barely remember the Before. People are fused with objects, other people and animals, Pressia herself lives with a doll’s head fused over her fist. The OSR were set up to help those unfortunate enough not to be…

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    Mystic City – Theo Lawrence

    “The party has begun without me.  Slowly, I descend the main staircase of our apartment, which curves dramatically into the reception lounge, currently packed with important guests. Tall ceramic vases line the room, overflowing with roses of every variety: white albas from Africa, pink centifolias from the Netherlands, pale yellow tea roses from China, and roses altered with mystic dye right here in Manhattan to produce colors so electric they hardly seem real.” Aria Rose hardly seems to know where she is at the minute. Having suffered an overdose of Stic, a drug made from mystic energy which gives nonmsytic people a buzz, she has lost some of her memory.…

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    What’s Left of Me – Kat Zhang

    “Addie and I were born into the same body, our souls’ ghostly fingers entwined before we gasped our very first breath. Our earliest ears together were also our happiest. Then came the worries – the tightness around our parents’ mouths, the frowns lining our kindergarten teacher’s forehead, the question everyone whispered when they thought we couldn’t hear.  Why aren’t they settling?” Addie and Eva are one in the same person, but they are separate at the same time. Born into a world where each and every child has two minds within one body. As that child gets older the repressive soul of the two deteriorates and the dominant soul remains,…

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    Slated – Teri Terry

    “I run. Fists of waves claw the sand as I force one foot to pound after the other. Scramble up, slip down, repeat. Fast. Eyes fixed on dunes ahead. Don’t look back.Mustn’t look. Ragged breath; in, out; in, out. Still I run.” Kyla has been slated. She knows nothing prior to the nine months she has been in hospital, being prepared for the outside world. The memory of whatever happened before is gone, she is 16 and her new parents are picking her up from the hospital. The Government claim she was a terrorist, or a criminal and she is getting a second chance, but Kyla knows nothing of that…