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    Monster – CJ Skuse

    “That last week at school before the Christmas Holidays, death was in everything. Im Geography, the sea was saying away at the coasts. In English, Juliet was stabbing herself with Romeo’s dagger. Even the school gerbil, Rafferty, was found stiff in his water bowl on Tuesday lunchtime. The skies above us bore a foreboding grey gloom, telling us snow was on its way to suffocate the land.”  Nash believed that the hardest thing she would have to do this school year was convince the head that she was the right girl for the Head Girl job. That was, however, before Bathory Girls for School became the place she feared most…

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    Flesh and Blood – Simon Cheshire

    “I didn’t want things to turn out this way. I really didn’t.  There have been deaths, and worse. Even if there’s no blood on my hands, not directly. I have to face the consequences of my actions, of what I did do. If events had happened differently, if I hadn’t been so intent on following my theories, then perhaps I wouldn’t be here now, sitting at this desk, writing out what some might see as a confession.”  Sam is new in town, moving onto one of the best streets Hadlington has to offer is more than his parents could have dreamed of months ago. But its turning into Sam’s nightmares.…

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    Frozen Charlotte – Alex Bell

    “The girls were playing with the Frozen Charlotte dolls again.  The schoolmistress had given them some scraps of fabric and ribbon from the sewing room to take out to the garden. They were to practice their embroidery skills by making little dresses and bonnets for the naked porcelain dolls. “They’ll catch their death of cold otherwise,” the teacher had said.” When Sophie and her friend try out an ouija board she expects nothing to come of it, but calling out the spirit of her dead cousin brings along questions she never thought she’d have. Now her best friend is dead and she’s off to spend two weeks in her uncles’…

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    Killing Sound – Paul Southern

    “The black cab tore through London’s rain-washed streets, slicing through the late-night traffic. It was 1.33am and Malcolm Lawrence was feverish with anticipation. The clamp of fear that had gripped him all day was gone, the blackened tunnels all lit up. He stared at the readings in his red notebook and a triumphant smile appeared across his face. William would be furious about this.” Twelve years ago Jodie saw something terrifying. She saw something no little girl should and she had to live with the devastating aftermath. Both her parents were dead and she only had her Aunt Gene to rely on. For a while Jodie’s mind had blocked the…

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    Say Her Name – James Dawson

    “Drip, drip, drip.  Drip, drip, drip.  Drip, drip, drip.  This was really starting to get on her nerves. Taylor Keane tightened the kitchen tap with all her might, even using a tea towel to gain a better grip, but the relentless dripping continued. Where it was coming from? Leaning over the sink, she twisted the handle and threw the window open, snaking her arm through the opening and into the balmy night air. She held out her open palm. It wasn’t even spitting.”  Bobbie doesn’t believe in ghosts. She certainly doesn’t believe that her boarding school is the place where the Bloody Mary legend began, like Sadie is saying. To…

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    The Feathered Man – Jeremy De Quidt

    “The window of Kusselmann’s shop was full of teeth. They were laid out in neat rows along polished ebony shelves, and piled into small mounds in blue and white porcelain bowls the size of your hand.  Teeth.  Hundreds of teeth. And that was just the window. If you were to go inside, you would find even more laid out on cloth lined trays along the counter and in glass-fronted cabinets along the walls.” In a German town many years ago a teeth puller is called to a lodging house. Two of its boarders have died and its time to get some money for their teeth. What the lady who owns…

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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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    The Dead of Winter – Chris Priestley

    “My name is Michael: Michael Vyner. I’m going to tell you something of my life and of the strange events that have brought me to where I now sit, pen in hand, my heartbeat hastening at their recollection.  I hope that in the writing down of these things I will grow to understand my own story a little better and perhaps bring some comforting light to the still-dark, whispering recesses of my memory.” Following the death of his mother, Michael is taken in by the man his father died saving. Sir Stephen is not the man Michael was expecting him to be and in the depth of the English Countryside…

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    The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co #1) – Jonathan Stroud

    “Of the first few hauntings I investigated with Lockwood & Co. I intend to say little, in part to protect the identity of the victims, in part because of the gruesome nature of the incidents, but mainly because, in a variety of ingenious ways, we succeeded in cocking them all up. There, I’ve admitted it! Not a single one of those early cases ended as neatly as we’d have wished.” When Lucy Carlyle goes for her interview at Lockwood & Co. the agency seemed unusual and shabby, there wasn’t the formality that there had been at the other agencies and one of the workers seemed sure she would run screaming…