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    More Than This – Patrick Ness

    “Here is the boy, drowning. In these last moments, it’s not the water that’s finally done for him; it’s the cold. It has bled all the energy from his body and contracted his muscles into a painful uselessness, no matter how much he fights to keep himself above the surface. He is strong, and young, almost seventeen, but the wintery waves keep coming, each one seemingly larger than the last.” When Seth enters the water and the cold consumes him, he believes that that is it. His life is over. But when he wakes up naked, bruised and alone, outside his childhood home, he finds that that was not all…

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    In The Shadow of Blackbirds – Cat Winters

    “The day before my father’s arrest. I read an article about a mother who cured her daughter of the Spanish flu by burying her in raw onions for three days.  ‘It’s like the Gypsies hanging garlic above their doors to ward off evil,’ my father remarked over supper, ‘relying on folk remedies out of desperation.’ He shook his head at the state of the world and scratched his white whiskers.” When Mary Shelley’s father is arrested for rallying against America’s involvement in the First World War she escapes Portland in order to seek refuge with her Aunt in San Diego. For years she has been conversing with an old friend…

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    Ferryman – Claire McFall

    “The first heavy drops of rain announced themselves, tapping out a disjointed rhythm on the tin roof over the train platform. Dylan sighed and plunged her face down deeper into her thick winter jacket, trying to warm her freezing nose.” Dylan is on the way to meet her father for the first time since she can remember. However, on the way, Dylan’s train crashes. Emerging from the wreckage of the train Dylan is greeted by a boy, a strange and beautiful boy, who seems to be waiting for her. Tristan is waiting to guide Dylan, across the wraith infested wasteland on a journey she is expected to take. But when…