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    Corpse Talk – Adam Murphy

    Join Adam Murphy as he hosts his very own, unique talk show, Corpse Talk, the only show which takes you direct to the voices of the past. Each week Adam digs up the dirt on some of the most famous, and infamous figures from the past. Did you know the secret of Cleopatras irresistible personality? Or why Genghis Khan became obsessed with world domination? Well you can, as Adam talks to their corpses and scoops all the goss!  *** What a crazy concept! This book is a collection of comic strips which I believe have run in previous issues of The Phoenix comic, and I must say I fully understand…

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    This Book is Gay – James Dawson

    “Lesson one  Sometimes men fancy men  Sometimes women fancy women  Sometimes women fancy men and women  Sometimes men fancy women and men  Sometimes people don’t fancy anyone  Sometimes a man might want to be a woman Sometimes a woman might want to be a man Got that? It really is that simple.” This Book is Gay takes all the myths and prejudice surrounding the notion of gender identity and sexual orientation and tells it how it is. The Queen of Teen James Dawson shows how all human beings are confusing creatures and how not everyone wants, or needs, labels to be who they really are. This book will have you…

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    Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie – Jeff Norton

    “My name is Adam Meltzer. The last thing I remember was being stung by a bee while swinging at a robot-shaped piñata on my twelfth birthday. I was dead before the candy hit the ground.  That’s right, I’m dead. But I’m alive… ish. The ‘ish’ is important. I’m the walking dead. Talking too. Its awkward and gross, and there’s nothing anyone can do about it.”  Adam is dead. He has crawled out of his coffin, dug his way out of his grave and is dropping soil all over his mums new carpet. He hates himself for this – and hang on, new carpet?! He is disgusted at his new zombie…

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    Circus of Thieves and the Raffle of Doom – William Sutcliffe & David Tazzyman

    “It started with a rumble and a clatter and a faint trembling of the air. At first, only the animals noticed. Fluffypants McBain, the tabby cat from the post office, moved one ear towards the noise, thought for a second, and having established that the sound did not indicate the arrival of food, went back to sleep. Magnificat, the far-too-pleased-with-himself Bengal from the pub, who had stolen all of Fluffypants’ territory except for half a windowsill, turned his head towards the unusual noise and immediately calculated that it was being made by a large group of humans travelling in unusually shaped vehicles.” Hannah’s summer holidays are the most boringest things ever, that is until one day when…

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    Waiting For Gonzo – Dave Cousins

    “Listen, G – this is important and there isn’t much time. I want you to know what really happened, because things weren’t supposed to end like this. I blame Michael Duchamp, but he’s dead, so there’s not much anybody can do to him now. When he drew a moustache and a goatee beard on a copy of the Mona Lisa – which is probably the most famous painting in the world – he said he did it becuase he wanted to challenge people’s perception of what art could be. He was lying. He did it because if was funny. Moustaches are funny. End of Story  Except in this case, G.…

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    15 Days Without a Head – Dave Cousins

    “The front door slams. Mum’s back. It sounds like a dead body hitting the ground as she dumps her stuff in the hall and goes straight to the kitchen. I hear the thud of a bottle on the table, the crack of the cap, then the slow glug as liquid spills into a glass.” Laurence knows his mum has a problem, but he does the best he can to make sure life isn’t too bad for him and six year old Jay. today is Tuesday, and his mum is in her happy hour, that one hour of good drunk when she will humour Jay and not shout at Laurence, but…

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    Me, Suzy P – Karen Saunders

    “Oh no, oh no, oh no… I can’t believe I’m so late. How can I be out of breath this flipping quickly? I am seriously, seriously unfit. And these new shoes aren’t helping. They may looking great, but they sure aren’t easy to move in at speed. In my jacket pocket, my mobile vibrates for the bazillionth time. I don’t need to check it, because I know exactly who it is. It’ll be my best friend, Millie, asking yet again: Where r u??!!!” Fourteen year old Suzy is a clutz, she’s always running late and always causing havoc. She is a disaster magnet. However when she has to put up with a…

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    Darcy Burdock – Laura Dockrill

    “Have you ever noticed you’re noticing? Sometimes I notice that I notice so much that I get trapped in my noticing. I like noticing all kinds if things. The way Dad always steals sheets of ham out of the pack in the fridge and thinks nobody sees him do it. The way our next-door neighbour Henrietta gets so embarrassed after she’s told us off that she hides behind the washing line and pretend-innocently hums the tune to one of those soaps my mum watches.”  Welcome to Darcy’s world, a world full of noticing, a world full of stories and a world full of love. Darcy is the worlds best noticer…

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    Unfed – Kirsty McKay

    “When you’re staring in the jaws of death at the age of fifteen, there’s not a whole lot of life to flash before your eyes.  ‘Brace! Brace! Brace!’ a voice cries. Huh? This is a bus, not a plane, silly.  There’s a huge skid, I’ve got a face full of seat, and all the kids around me are screaming.” Bobby and her friends thought they had reached safety. After being attacked by zombies at a cafe, losing most of their school friends and teacher, finding their way into a castle full of psycho’s and learning things about Bobby’s mother, and the organisation she worked for, that they didn’t want to…

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    All My Friends are Still Dead – Avery Monsen and Jory John

    Do you ever feel alone? Like nobody understands you? Like you’re the last of your kind?  Well cheer up, Weepie Sobstory! All my friends are still dead is here to help!  Here, for your amusement and consolation, are the illustrated existential problems of robots, goldfish, lottery tickets, dental flood, batteries and others as they come to grips with the inevitable.  *** Here’s something different for today!!  So this will be a quick review but that doesnt mean that I didn’t like this book, it’s just a small book.  Designed as a humourous gift book, All my Friends are Still Dead is an update to All my Friends are Dead. The…