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    Gretel and the Dark – Eliza Granville

    “It is many years before the Pied Piper comes back for the other children. Though his music has been silenced, still thousands are forced to follow him, young, old, large, small, everyone… Even the ogres wearing ten-league boots and cracking whips, even their nine-headed dogs. We are the rats in exodus now and the Earth shrinks from the touch of our feet. Spring leaves a butter taste. All day, rain and people fall; all night, nixies wail from the lakes. The blood-coloured ear sniffs at our heels. I keep my eyes on the road, counting white pebbles, fearful of where this last gingerbread trail is leading us.”  In 1899 Vienna…

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    Rose Under Fire – Elizabeth Wein

    “Rose Moyer Justice  August 2, 1944 Hamble, Southampton, Hampshire Notes for an Accident Report.  I just got back from Celia Forester’s Funeral. I’m supposed to be writing up an official report for the Tempest she flew into the ground, since she’s obviously not going to write it herself and I saw it happen. And also because I feel responsible. I know it wasn’t my fault – I really do know that now. But I briefed her. We both had Tempests to deliver and I’d flown one a couple of times before. Celia hadn’t.” Rose Justice is a young america air transport pilot delivering planes and taxiing pilots for the RAF…