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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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    Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie – Jeff Norton

    “My name is Adam Meltzer. The last thing I remember was being stung by a bee while swinging at a robot-shaped piñata on my twelfth birthday. I was dead before the candy hit the ground.  That’s right, I’m dead. But I’m alive… ish. The ‘ish’ is important. I’m the walking dead. Talking too. Its awkward and gross, and there’s nothing anyone can do about it.”  Adam is dead. He has crawled out of his coffin, dug his way out of his grave and is dropping soil all over his mums new carpet. He hates himself for this – and hang on, new carpet?! He is disgusted at his new zombie…

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    Flirty Dancing – Jenny McLachlan

    “‘Here we are again, girls,’ says Miss Cherry, looking down at the four small girls sitting in front of her. ‘I’ve told you before, I don’t like you playing rude pirates. Don’t laugh, Pearl. Showing your knickers is not the behaviour of a pirate, and it is certainly not the behaviour of a Ladybird.” Things were simple for Pearl, Kat, Bea and Betty when they were at the Little Ladybirds Nursery. They were best friends and did everything together. Now though, they are at high school, and year 9 is dire. Pearl is one of the most popular girls at school and hates Bea with a passion, Betty has found…

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    Butter – Erin Lange

    “You think I eat a lot now? That’s nothing. Tune in December 31st, when I will stream a live webcast of my last meal, Death row inmates get one. Why shouldn’t i? I can’t take another year in this fat suit, but I can end this year with a bang. If you can stomach it, you’re invited to watch… as I eat myself to death.  – Butter.”  Butter is so fat he considers himself past the point of bullying, his classmates just ignore the lump of lard sat on the specially made table at the back of the classroom. That is most of them do, some of them stick stick…

  • Lifestyle Post

    No Books Allowed (#14)

    Welcome to No Books Allowed. This is a new monthly feature hosted by me, used to  discuss things things in life which aren’t connected to books. This post can be used to talk about days out, music, TV, video games, films etc for all those book bloggers out there who do occasionally do stuff other than read and go to book events! The feature is usually posted on the last Thursday of the month unless that coincides with a blog tour/other book event. March 2014  March already over huh? Thats gone fast! Hopefully we can all stop being ridiculously cold and enjoy some lovely weather now!  I had a good month this month, I…

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    Penelope Crumb Finds her Lucky Stars – Shawn K Stout

    “Sometimes I worry about getting the BAD LUCK. I don’t know how you catch it exactly, but I guess its a lot like catching the stomach bug. Or getting warts. (Truth be told, if you’ve got the stomach bug AND warts, then your luck probably isn’t so good.)” Penelope Crumb wants to win back her best friend Pasty Cline, who seems to have ditched her for the awful Vera Bogg. When the chance to spend quality time with Patsy arrives Penelope jumps at it, especially as it involves drawing and painting too, but then Vera joins in and Penelope’s ideas cause problems in the group, and everything seems to go…

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    Penelope Crumb Never Forgets – Shawn K Stout

    “Besides Miss Stunkel’s art class, there’s only one other thing I like about school. Field trips. Miss Stunkel calls them Outings for Educational Purposes, but I don’t care what they are called as long as we get out of school and don’t have to learn about fractions.” Things start going downhill for Penelope Crumb as soon as the buss pulls up outside Portwaller History Museum. She gets into trouble with the teacher whilst helping her best friend Patsy Cline. Then she is left behind in one room and upon voicing her opinions about this is sent back to the bus, with yet another note for her mum. But Penelope just…

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    The Golden Day – Ursula Dubosarsky

    “The year began with the hanging of one man and ended with the drowning of another. But every year people die and their ghosts roam in public gardens, hiding behind the gray, dark statues like wild cats, their tiny footsteps and secret breathing muffled by the sound of falling water in the fountains and the quiet ponds.” Eleven little school girls are quietened by their teachers wish to go to the park and think about death. They do not like the thought of death but Miss Renshaw is in charge and they must do as they are told, just as she asks them not to talk about their meetings with…

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    The Isobel Journal – Isobel Harrop

    THE ISOBEL JOURNAL is no ordinary snapshot of a contemporary teenage life. A charming and vivid narrative scrapbook of the eighteen-year-old author’s sketches, mini-graphic novels, photographs and captions, it captures her wit, her observations and her creative talent as she takes us through the three central themes in her life: ‘Love’, ‘Friends, Art and Otters’ and ‘Me’. Resonant of Laura Dockrill’s MISTAKES IN THE BACKGROUND and with the powerful naïve illustrative style of cult Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara, this is a collector’s gift for teenagers and all who have the teenage experience still in their hearts. Readers will emphasise with this witty and honest journal of a girl getting to…