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    Geek Girl: Model Misfit – Holly Smale

    “My name is Harriet Manners, and I am a model.  I know I’m a model because: Its monday morning, and I’m wearing a gold tutu, a gold jacket, gold ballet pumps and gold earrings. My face is painted gold, and a long piece of gold wire has been wrapped around my head. This is not how I normally dress on Mondays.  I have a bodyguard. The earrings cost so much I’m not allowed to go to the toilet without a large man checking my earlobes afterwards to make sure I haven’t accidentally flushed them.  I haven’t been allowed to smile for two hours. Every time I take a bite of…

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    Fearsome Dreamer – Laure Eve

    “Surely that was too much blood for anyone to lose.  She never would have thought that people had so much of the stuff inside them. Was it all the blood, then, and was she seeing this woman’s life draining away before her eyes? Would it stay with her for ever, this moment? Would she tell herself to remember it, to see if she could, years upon years later?” Apprenticed to a Hedgewitch Rue is always being chastised for being a dreamer. In the countryside of Angle Tar this is seen as a bad thing, but she never understood why. She longs for the city streets, to feel the knowledge the…

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    The Fault in our Stars – John Green

    “Late in the winter of my seventeenth year, my mother decided I was depressed, presumably because I rarely left the house, spent quite a lot of time in bed, read the same book over and over, ate infrequently, and devoted quite a bit of my abundant free time thinking about death.” Hazel Grace is 17 and suffering from cancer. Things can’t get much worse but throw in parents who think she is wiling her life away and a support group that fades into the backdrop of her life she can’t really get excited about much anymore. She is terminal, always has been and always will be. But one day that…

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    Just In Case – Meg Rosoff

    “The view is fine up here. I can look out across the world and see everything.  For instance I can see a fifteen-year-old boy and his brother.” The day David Case saves his baby brother from falling out of the window to what would result in the severely premature death of said child changes Davids life forever. At first his outlook changes, then his name and his clothes and soon everything is very much different from what it was to start with. Armed with his new name, Justin, every moment is taken up by what ifs and he strives to outwit fate. He leaves home and soon finds himself in…

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    The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender – Leslye Walton

    “To many, I was myth incarnate, the embodiment of a most superb legend, a fairy tale. Some considered me a monster, a mutation. To my great misfortune, I was once mistaken for an angel. To my mother, I was everything. To my father, nothing at all. To my grandmother, I was a daily reminder of loves long lost. But I knew the truth – deep down, I always did.  I was just a girl.” When Ava Lavender was born with the brown speckled wings of a bird people questioned what she was. There was so much focus on her that her strange and wonderful twin brother Henry hardly got a…

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    Trouble – Non Pratt

    “So I had sex with Fletch again last night. It was all right, better than last time anyway, and Fletch is a laugh. And he’s not so bad-looking… although not so good without clothes on. We didn’t cuddle afterwards – that’s not really how it is with us. We were dressed and downstairs with our History books open by the time his mum came in, although you could tell she didn’t buy it by the way she gave me evils when Fletch’s little brother ran over to show me the crown he’d made at school. Whatever.” Hannah is smart and funny, she has it all sussed out and could do…

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    The Chronicles of Narmo – Caitlin Moran

    “The day after boxing day.  Lots of sales start.  Lots of sales end.  The broken Supero-Constructo-Set fragments are thrown away. The only crackers left in the cracker tin are those horrid water biscuits.  Morag Narmo shuffled downstairs in the tatty red dressing gown that had possession of her body most of the time, and started rifling through the rest of her family’s Bumper-Festive-Choco-Sick-Packs for Curly Wurlys.” When Morag Narmo suggests to her mum on one boring Christmas break afternoon that her and the other four Narmo children would rather stick their head down a waste disposal unit than ‘do the academical’ she never expected her mum to agree. Two weeks…

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    The Isobel Journal – Isobel Harrop

    THE ISOBEL JOURNAL is no ordinary snapshot of a contemporary teenage life. A charming and vivid narrative scrapbook of the eighteen-year-old author’s sketches, mini-graphic novels, photographs and captions, it captures her wit, her observations and her creative talent as she takes us through the three central themes in her life: ‘Love’, ‘Friends, Art and Otters’ and ‘Me’. Resonant of Laura Dockrill’s MISTAKES IN THE BACKGROUND and with the powerful naïve illustrative style of cult Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara, this is a collector’s gift for teenagers and all who have the teenage experience still in their hearts. Readers will emphasise with this witty and honest journal of a girl getting to…

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    Blood Donors – Steve Tasane

    “Monday mornin’ first lesson a bedbug crawls right outta my ear and down my neck.  I’m already sore at my boy Mustaph cos he don’t ever do nothin’ but sleep, see? I think he’s suffering from bein’ sad, cos he spend half his life in bed, and it all wrong cos we be fifteen which is the primetime, yeah? We be hittin’ on girls and playin’ our beats and footie and crazy stuff on computer, but only if ol’ Mustaph can drag his dozy head out from under his duvet – that boy win Olympic Gold for sleepin’.” It all starts when a bug crawls out of Marshals ear, the…

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    This Song Will Save Your Life – Leila Sales

    “You think it’s so easy to change yourself.  You think it’s so easy, but it’s not.  What do you think it takes to reinvent yourself as an all-new person, a person who makes sense, who belongs? Do you change your clothes, your hair, your face? Go on, then. Do it. Pierce your ears, trim your fringe, buy a new bag. they will still see past that, see you, the girl who is still too scared, still too smart for her own good, still a beat behind, still, always, wrong. Change all you want; you can’t change that.  I know because I tried.”   Elise has always been unpopular. It was…