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    Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock – Matthew Quick

    “The P-38 WWII Nazi handgun looks comical lying on the breakfast table next to a bowl of oatmeal. It’s like some weird steampunk utensil anachronism. But if you look very closely just above the handle you can see the tiny stamped swastika and the eagle perched on top, which is real as hell.  Leonard Peacock has reached his eighteenth birthday and now he knows exactly what he will do, he will say goodbye.  Not to his mother who will probably not notice he’s not around for a few days or weeks Not to his father who he hasn’t seen in years. Not to his former best friend who has been…

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    Follow Me Down – Tanya Byrne

    “When I was a kid and I couldn’t sleep, my father would tell me it was because someone was dreaming about me. I know now that this isn’t true – it’s just one of those things he used to tell me to make me feel better – but for a long time, I believed him. That’s not a particularly bad thing, I suppose; it just never occurred to me before not that it might not be a good thing.” Adamma Okomma has had to pick up her life and move it to the other side of the world, and it feels like her life is over. The move from a…

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    Everything is Fine (and Other Lies I Tell Myself) – Cathy Brett

    “She was close to the edge, too close. A careless gust thrown up from the beach below might catch her, tip her off balance and send her staggering forward or sideways. Her feet might find a loose patch of chalk. She might slip and be carried towards the crumbling rim.” Esther Armstrong is a bit of a mess, with her brother away from home, her parents guest house becoming more like a ghost house and her mum hiding the wine bottles at the bottom of the bin as if they don’t exist she is worried about the future. As the summer holidays start she is desperate to find something to…

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    This Is What Happy Looks Like – Jennifer E Smith

    “From: GDL824@yahoo.com Sent: Thursday, March 7th, 2013 10:18PM To: EONeill22@hotmail.com Subject: (no subject)  Hey, we’re running pretty behind here. Any chance you could walk Wilbur for me tonight?  From: EONeill22@hotmail.com Sent: Thursday, March 7th, 2013 10:24PM To: GDL824@yahoo.com Subject: Re: (no subject)  I think you have the wrong email address. But since I’m a dog owner too, and I don’t want poor Wilbur to be stranded, I thought I’d write back and let you know…” When an email pops up on Ellie O’Neill’s screen from Graham about his pet Wilbur needing a walk she has to answer it, she can’t leave Wilbur stranded. Assuming Wilbur is a dog, Ellie’s reply…

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    Fuse – Julianna Baggott

    *** This is the second book in the Pure series. Please note that it may contain spoilers for the first book. *** “Lying on a thin coat of snow, she sees gray earth meeting gray sky, and she knows she’s back. The horizon looks clawed, but the claw marks are only three stunted trees. They stand in a row like they’re stapling the ground to the sky.  She gasps, suddenly, a delayed reaction, as if someone is trying to steal her breath and she’s pulling it back into her throat.” Following Partridge’s escape, and Lyda’s expulsion, from The Dome, it’s inhabitants aren’t happy. Lyda was sent to bring Partridge back…

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    Pure – Julianna Baggott

    “There was low droning overhead a week or so after the Detonations; time was hard to track. The skies were buckling with dark banks of blackened cloud, the air thick with ash and dust. If it was a plane or an airship of some sort, we never knew because the sky was so clotted.” Pressia is used to living in the shadow of the Dome. In the world ruined by Detonations, she can barely remember the Before. People are fused with objects, other people and animals, Pressia herself lives with a doll’s head fused over her fist. The OSR were set up to help those unfortunate enough not to be…

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    Heart Shaped Bruise – Tanya Byrne

    “Last year, the psychiatric unit of Archway Young Offenders Institution was closed. A notebook was found in one of the rooms. It’s contents are as follows…” Emily Koll is in Archway Young Offenders Psychiatric unit. She knows why she’s there but she doesn’t want to talk about it, no matter how much Doctor Gilyard does. What starts out as a task for Emily, set by Doctor G, evolves and becomes an explanation, a notebook left for the next person who finds themselves in the situation Emily is in, but not that exact situation, no, hopefully not.  *** Wow. What a story. Heart Shaped Bruise, grabs you right from the start,…

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    The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight – Jennifer E Smith

    “There are so many ways it could have all turned out differently. Imagine if she hadn’t forgotten the book. She wouldn’t have had to run back into the house while Mom waited outside with the car running, the engine setting loose a cloud of exhaust in the late-day heat. Or before that, even: imagine if she hadn’t waited to try on her dress, so that she might have noticed earlier that the straps were too long” Hadley has a wedding to get to, so when she misses her flight by four minutes she knows that the next 24 hours are going to be slightly hectic. She’s meant to be on…