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    High & Dry – Sarah Skilton

    “I wasn’t invited, but I showed up to the party anyway so I could talk to Ellie Chen and find out why she dumped me two weeks ago It was a choir party at Maria Posey’s place, in celebration of killing it at the state qualifier yesterday, so I figured Ellie and her songbird friends would be there.”  When one of the Choir girls is dropped off at hospital in a severe state after OD’ing on LSD, Charlie is number one suspect, after all if was his car which did the dropping off. Charlie knows he didn’t do it but with no one else taking his side and the only…

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    Breaking Butterflies by M Anjelais Blog Tour: Review

    “When my mother was a little girl, she walked to the playground by herself every day after school. I can picture it easily; photos of her as a child are almost indistinguishable from photos of me when I was little. I used to look at her old yellow-edged school photographs a lot. My mother had a shy, quiet look a round face, and the same straight brown hair I used to have, though in every picture hers was pulled back from her forehead in two tight little pigtails.”  One day Sphinx’s mother met a girl who would change her life. Her and Leigh would be friends forever and that friendship…

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    The Year of The Rat – Clare Furniss

    “The traffic light glows reed through the rainy windscreen, blurred, clear, blurred again, as the wipers swish to and fro. Below it, in front of us, is the hearse. I try not to look at it. My hands fidget as though they don’t belong to me, picking at a loose thread on my sleeve, stretching my skirt down so that it covers more of my legs. Why did I wear it? It’s way too short for a funeral.” Pearl has a new baby sister. However that sister – The Rat – is the reason Pearl no longer has a mum and Pearl isn’t sure if she’ll ever be able to…

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    Shine – Candy Gourlay

    “‘Are you listening, Rosa?’ I stared at Yaya. Her eyebrows were knitted on her yellow forehead and her face was suddenly smaller, her eyes hard and buring like black coals. ‘Listen, listen. This is important.’ The seriousness of her voice and the smallness of her face made me feel suddenly scared. I climbed onto her lap.” There is a place where it rains consistently throughout the year. It rarely stops. Yet in this place when the rain does stop it’s not so much a celebration, no. When the rain stops the locals believe that monsters come, monsters bad enough to claim their children’s lives. The Calm is a symptom of…

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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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    Sean Griswold’s Head – Lindsey Leavitt

    Nothing creates a buzz like an Executive Deluxe day planner. Nt that I have much experience with buzzes, especially of the chemical variety, but my brother did double-dose me on NyQuil once when I was eleven. That thirty or so minutes of faint inebriation had nothing on this feeling. Pure, organised bliss. Payton has always had good grades and has always planned everything down to its last possible outcome. She has to be organised has to know what is coming. So when she finds out her father is ill and she’s been kept in the dark for six months she freaks out. Things aren’t being carried out with the organised…