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    An Island of Our Own – Sally Nichols

    “I told my brother Jonathan I was going to write a book about all the things that happened to us last year. About the homemade spaceships, and the lock-pickers, and the thermal lancase, and the exploding dishwasher, and the island that was old when the Vikings came, and Auntie Irene’s treasure, and all the things that happened before we found it.  ‘It’s going to be brilliant!’ I told him. ‘And I’ve already got a title. An Island of Our Own! Isn’t it great?’ ‘But we don’t have an island of our own,’ said Jonathan. ‘People are going to pick it up and expect it to be Swallows and Amazons for…

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    Doll Bones – Holly Black

    “Poppy set down one of the mermaid dolls close to the stretch of asphalt road that represented the Blackest Sea. They were old – bought from Goodwill – with big shiny heads, different coloured tails, and frizzy hair.  Zachary Barlow could almost imagine their fins lashing back and forth as they waited for the boat to get closer, their silly plastic smiles hiding their lethal intentions.” Poppy, Zachary and Alice have been playing together for years, playing with the dolls their parents have bought them and loving them as if they were real people. But as they get older things are changing, they are changing and when Zach decides he…

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    Geography Club – Brent Hartinger

    “I was deep behind enemy lines, in the very heart of the opposing camp. My adversaries were all around me. For the time being, my disguise was holding, but still I felt exposed, naked, as if my secret was obvious to anyone who took the time to look. I knew that any wrong action, however slight, could expose my deception and reveal my true identity.” Russel is gay. He assumes he is the only gay person in the whole of Goodkind High School. That is until he meets another Goodkind student in an internet chat room. The other student just happens to be star baseball player Kevin and the pair…

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    Soul Storm – Kate Harrison

    ***Please note that this is the third in a trilogy. Whilst I have tried to refrain from spoiling any aspects of the story there may be some assumptions about the previous books that can be made from this review*** “Loneliness is worse than death.  It rots you from the inside out, making you disappear. I avoid mirrors, because I am afraid I will see a space where I should be. And when I accidentally catch a glimpse of my reflection in a window, I am surprised at how solid I look. How ‘normal’.” For a year now Alice has been visiting Soul Beach, a website where she can talk to, touch and…

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    One Crow Alone – SD Crockett

    “High on a wave-battered cliff is a simple cottage built of stone. It clings the black rocks above a churning wide-grey sea. Smoke from a narrow chimney is beaten horizontal by the wind.  Inside the cottage a girl tends the fire. But her baby will not sleep.”  After her Grandmother dies, Magda is alone in their house in their small Polish village. That evening men come and evacuate the village, but not knowing who the men are, and assuming them to be thieves in the night, Magda hides. The next day she is alone completely. Taking her neighbours horse she rides towards the nearest town. There she finds more evacuations,…

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    The Tragedy Paper – Elizabeth Laban

    “As Duncan walked through the stone archway leading into the senior dorm, he had two things on his mind: What “treasure” had been left behind for him and his Tragedy Paper. Well, maybe three things: he was also worried about which room he was going to get.”  Every year the graduating seniors at The Irving School, leave behind a treasure for the new senior who get their room. When Duncan arrives back for his last year at the school he inherits what is commonly thought of as the worst room, and what he thinks is quite possibly the worst ‘treasure’. His treasure is a pack of CDs, CDs which his…