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    The Cure For Dreaming – Cat Winters

    “The Metropolitan Theater simmered with the heat of more than a thousand bodies packed together in red velvet chairs. My nose itched from the lingering scent of cigarette smoke wafting off the gentlemen’s coats – a burning odour that added to the sensation that we were all seated inside a beautiful oven, waiting to be broiled. Even the cloud of warring perfumes hanging over the audience smelled overcooked, like toast gone crisp and black”  Halloween night was Oliva’s seventeenth birthday. It was also the day her eyes were opened and she started to see things more clearly than ever before. That day she was victim of abuse as she cheered…

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    The Boundless – Kenneth Oppel

    “Three hours before the avalanche hits, William Everett is sitting on an upturned crate, watching for his father.  The town doesn’t even have a name yet. Nailed to a crooked post at the side of the train track is a messy hand-painted sign that says only: Mile 2553. Paint has dribbled down from the bottom of each number and letter. Yesterday when Will and his mother stepped off the train, the conductor shouted, ‘End of the line! Farewell Station!’ But Will wasn’t sure if Farewell was the town’s name or if the fellow was just in a hurry to say ‘Good riddance.’” Its 1887. Three years ago Will’s life changed…

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    Treason (Secrets & Spies #1) – Jo Macauley

    “In the eerie half-light before dawn, the ship drifted through the autumn mist like a restless ghost. John and Will caught their first glimpse of it as they rowed their little boat through the vapoury grey swirls. The brooding turrets of the Tower of London rose out of the haze on their left.” The year is 1664, 60 years since the gunpowder plot was foiled, there has been a return to justice with King Charles II returning to England to rule. Yet not everyone is happy, there are people who need watching on the streets of London and girls like Beth, a 14 year old actress, are perfect to do the watching. No one…

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    The Serpent House – Bea Davenport

    “My name is Annie Cotterill and I’m twelve years old. It is the first month of the Year 1899 and I’m on my way to the train station with my brother Tom and his sweetheart, Lucy. Tom has his bag of money, Lucy has a bundle of clothes and I have something in my pocket that just might make my fortune. We’re about to start a new life. Again.” When Annie Cotterill moves to Hexer Hall to be closer to her brother, little does she know that the mysterious Lady Hexer has plans for her. Annie is Lady Hexer’s key to the past, where she needs to go to find…

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    The Devil in the Corner – Patricia Elliott

    “‘What shall I do, Miss Caseborne? I am penniless. I have nowhere to go.’ I was dry-eyed but my voice faltered. We were sitting in the drawing room of Miss Caseborne’s Boarding Seminary for Young Ladies, surrounded by a press of empty chairs and heavy mahogany furniture. ‘Come, come,’ said my headmistress. She patted her neatly coiled hair. ‘We shall find a position for you. I shall write a reference myself.'” When Maud Greenwood’s father dies suddenly she is forced to start work as a governess. Left with no money and no known family she starts her working life. Two years later she has walked out of two jobs and…

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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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    Sawbones – Catherine Johnson

    “Mr Charles Finch closed his eyes and winced as the knife dug into his skin. He bit down hard on the handkerchief and tried to think of good things: his daughter, Loveday, entering the vanishing cabinet with a flourish; the crowd at the Alhambra, Paris, cheering, on their feet. The heat of from the floodlights, the smell of the tallow and rouge. A crescendo of applause.”  Amongst the open surgeries and dissections in London is the heavy stench of crime. Illegal trading in corpses is rife due to the flourish of people interested in medical science and at the dissection table of his master Ezra McAdam learns that every body…

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    Mercury – Hope Larson

    In small-town modern day Nova Scotia Tara is getting to grips with living at her aunt and uncles house and returning to school after two years o home-schooling. Following a fire that burnt down the family home and her mum moving away following a better job, Tara is feeling lonely and unsure of what her life has become. Reminiscent of a time 150 years previous when her ancestor Josey has met Asa Curry, Josey doesn’t know that her world will be turned upside down by the arrival of this new man in town and she certainly doesn’t know that being swept off your feet is not always a good thing.…

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    Frost Hollow Hall – Emma Carroll

    “’The Combe Vale Chronicle Tuesday 7th February 1871 A Terrible Tragedy A most terrible incident has occurred at Frost Hollow Hall, the country estate of Viscount Barrington near the village of Frostcombe.  Lord Barrington’s only child, Christopher, died tragically yesterday afternoon whilst skating alone on a frozen lake in the grounds. It appears that he fell through ice too weak to bear his weight, an came to grief in the cold water.’” It is the cold winter of 1881 and Till is dared by the butcher’s boy to go ice skating, little does she know his desired destination for this is a frozen lake in the grounds of the villages…

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    Belle Epoque – Elizabeth Ross

    “‘Perfect, just perfect,’ days the stout man. He scrutinizes me, his suit pinching across his rotund torso, and I assume that this is Monsieur Durandeau, but he doesn’t introduce himself. Instead he walks around me in a circle as I stand still and awkward in the middle of the sitting room. A faint perfume lingers in the air.  Perfect: no one has ever described me like that before.” When Maude runs away from her fathers house to escape he fate as the old butcher’s wife she expects to get to Paris and for everything to fall into place. However with no letters of recommendation, no shops will take her on…