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    Lies We Tell Ourselves – Robin Talley

    “The white people are waiting for us.  Chuck sees them first. He’s gone out ahead of our group to peer around the corner by the hardware store. From there you can see all of Jefferson High.  The gleaming redbrick walls run forty feet high. The building is a block wide, and the windowpanes are spotless. A heavy concrete arch hangs over the two-storey wood-and-glass doors at the front entrance.  And the only thing between us and the school is the parking lot. And the white people.  It’s February 1959 and the doors of Jefferson High School have been unlocked, months later than they should have been. Despite the governors best…

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    Ironheart – Allan Boroughs

    “India Bentley stopped wading through the thick tidal mud and checked the horizon for any sign of southsiders. The first thing you learned when you lived on the North London shores was to keep your eyes peeled for southsiders. They’d come tearing across the water in skim boats and if they caught you unawares then you’d most likely get taken.” The worlds has crumbled. The Great Rains washed away most of it and the things we know and love have been lost. India’s world is most unlike the one we know, and her life is about to be turned upside down. Her father is missing, presumed dead, in Siberia and…

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    Deep Blue – Jennifer Donnelly

    “Deep in the black mountains, deep in the Romanian night, deep beneath the cold, dark waters of the ancient Olt, the river witches sang.  Daughter of Merrow, leave your sleep, The ways of childhood no more to keep,  The dream will die, a nightmare rise,  Sleep no more, child, open your eyes.” Serafina is due to become the queen of the underwater kingdom in which she lives. However scared she is of this nothing prepares her for the day of her declaration when there is an attack on her city. Her kingdom is under siege and she has to flee. She finds herself running from people all around her, people…

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    Lilliput – Sam Gayton (Illustrated by Pete Williamson)

    “All down the pebble path to the beach Lily sulked about her iron shoes. They clang-clang-clanged on her feet as she made her way to the shore. It was blowy and the waves were high as houses. Bellin was already there with her grumpy older sister Bree. They dug through the sucking wet sand, looking for pincher crabs.” Lily is three inches tall and as a former resident of Lilliput this is the average height for people of her race. But it has been a long time since Lily has been in Lilliput, seven moons have since passed and Lily is desperate to get home. However kidnapped by the giant…

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    Who Framed Klaris Cliff – Nikki Sheehan

    “We were talking about the old days, and I remembered the weirdest things. Like people calling them ‘friends’. And how they said they were good for your brain. Some families even laid a place for them at dinner.  Then I thought about the day it changed. The day Shorefield happened.  It was on TV. A newsflash cut through the kids’ programmes. We saw the victims being rolled out on trolleys, their faces covered over. A camera zoomed in on a small hand dangling from underneath a sheet.” Joseph had never been good at imagining things, he was good at Maths and Science, not creative things like Art and English. Which…