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    Pop! – Catherine Bruton

    “Rules of Talent TV No: 1: Come up with a great story I’ve always been good at making up stories. I get it from me mam. She reckons the more outrageous you make a story the more likely people are to believe it – and she’s had plenty of practice at telling whoppers, so she should know.” The factory workers are on strike. For Elfie’s family – who’s dad laughed the strike – that means no money and her mum can’t cope with that so she’s out. For Jimmy’s family it means no money, and with his swimming training it means more pressure so that he can gain sponsorship. Money…

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    Two Boys Kissing – David Levithan

    “You can’t know what it is like for us now – you will always be one step behind.  Be thankful for that.  You can’t know what it was like for us then – you will always be one step ahead.  Be thankful for that, too.  Trust us; there is a nearly perfect balance between the past and the future. As we become the distant past, you become a future few of us would have imagined.” Harry and Craig were a couple. They are not anymore but they remain friends. That is why one summers day they decide to take on the world in the only way they can think of;…

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    Charm and Strange – Stephanie Kuehn

    “I don’t feel the presence of God here. I pace along the far side of the river, my ears filled with the hum of cicadas and the roar of water flowing over the mill dam. Vermont is postcard perfect. I could stand on my toes and peer over the current and the cattails and see the whole town spread before me. Green-shuttered houses. The cobblestone square. The church spire. The boarding school.  But I don’t.  I crave the illusion of solitude.” Drew is ten years old and one of the best tennis players his club has seen for a long while. When he snaps after losing a match and breaks…

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    The Originals – Cat Patrick

    “My part is first half.  I go to student government, chemistry, trigonometry, psychology, and history at school, the do the rest of the day at home. I maintain that Mom was in a mood when she made the assignments this year – math and science are definitely not my best subjects.” Lizzie, Ella and Betsy live like sisters in their home, to look at them you would think they were sisters, but to the outside world they are just one person – Elizabeth – and they split the day between them. This is because in reality they are clones, they shouldn’t even exist, but they do and they are living,…

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    Bookish and Blogish News (#36)

    Bookish and Blogish news is my weekly wrap up of the news around the YA industry and my blog this week. This includes cover reveals, new book announcements, new author sign ups, book trailers, blog tours and more. I hope you enjoy! *** Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson & Antigoddess by Kendare Blake  The wonderful people at Hatchette Children’s books have acquired two awesome books from the states. I mentioned in a previous news post that they would be publishing Peter Pan inspired Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson. Hatchette however recently announced that the publication date for the book will be October 3rd. Also, Antigoddess, a new series…

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    Finding Cherokee Brown – Siobhan Curham

    “I’ve decided to write a novel. If I don’t write a novel I will kill somebody. And then I will go to jail and, knowing my lousy luck, end up sharing a cell with a shaven-headed she-he called Jeff who smokes roll-ups and thinks it’s cool to keep a fifteen-year-old girl as a slave. But if I write a novel I can kill as many people as I like with my words and never have to be anyone’s slave.” Clare is fed up. She’s got to live up to her mum’s idea of the perfect family, a family that she doesn’t even fit in to, her best friend has moved…

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    Bookish and Blogish News (#32)

    Bookish and Blogish news is my weekly wrap up of the news around the YA industry and my blog this week. This includes cover reveals, new book announcements, new author sign ups, book trailers, blog tours and more. I hope you enjoy! *** Cover Reveal: Sweet Legacy by Tera Lynn Childs This is the third book in the Medusa Girls series. I loved the first and really must get round to the second. The covers, of which the first and second can bee seen below the third, haven’t really had much of an effect on me to be honest, I could take them or leave them but I really do…

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    Into That Forest – Louis Nowra

    “Me name be Hannah O’Brien and I be seventy-six years old. Me first thing is an apology – me language is bad cos I lost it and had to learn it again. But here’s me story and I be glad to tell it before I hop the twig.” Hannah and Becky were on a trip, a boat trip for a picnic, with Hannah’s parents. When a storm brews and they try to make their way home tragedy strikes, a tree falls on the boat and Hannah’s parents are lost. Six and seven years old the two girls are scared and alone. When a tiger seems to want to help they follow it…

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    Survive – Alex Morel

    “It is ten minutes before ten, and normally I’d be stalking out a chair for Group. That’s the kind of thing you worry about in an institution like Life House. I guess that’s good, in a way. The challenge of Group is to find a chair as far away from Old Doctor as possible without sitting too close to Big Stink, otherwise secretly known as BS. BS is Ben, and hes the only boy on Life House D, which is specifically for cutters and suicides , and he smells like urine baked at three-fifty for forty minutes.” Jane is in Life house following an ‘incident’ which she still isn’t sure…

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    Dads, Geeks and Blue Haired Freaks – Ellie Phillips

    “I was having a good hair day when this whole thing started. It was my birthday and, in honour of having made it to fifteen, I’d given myself purple streaks (Blue Haired Freak from SFX hair dyes) perfected using only a tint brush, a tail comb and some kitchen foil.”  Sadie has made it to fifteen, has perfect hair, an geeky, yet awesome cousin, and a very tight-knit family. However, although tight-knit her family was missing a member and when Sadie gets the Dadcard through the post on her fifteenth birthday it sparks something she’s never really thought about before. The Dadcard cant be real though, surely, because Sadie’s dad…