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    A Midsummer’s Nightmare – Kody Keplinger

    “Hangovers are a bitch.  I’ve known this for years, since I was, like, fourteen and went to my first party, but the headache I woke up with the morning after graduation was the worst I’d ever experienced. And that says a lot. I mean, it was thrbbing. I felt like someone had beaten me over the head with a freaking baseball bat.” When Whitley Johnson wakes up next to some guy after her graduation party she feels like death and just wants to get away, go home and hide for the next 24 hours. After that she will be on her way to her dads for a summer of sun,…

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    Between The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea – April Genevieve Tucholke

    “‘You stop fearing the Devil when you’re holding his hand.’  Freddie said this to me, when I was little.  Everyone called my grandmother by her nickname, even my parents, because, as she put it, Freddie, short for Fredrikke was her name. Not Mother, or Grandmother. Just Freddie.  Then she asked me if I loved my brother.  ‘Luke is a damn bully.’ I said.” Violet Whites parents are away and have been for nearly a year. The money they left her and her brother has almost run out and she is desperate for cash. This is why she doesn’t ask questions when 17 year old River West arrives wanting to rent…

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    Penelope Crumb Never Forgets – Shawn K Stout

    “Besides Miss Stunkel’s art class, there’s only one other thing I like about school. Field trips. Miss Stunkel calls them Outings for Educational Purposes, but I don’t care what they are called as long as we get out of school and don’t have to learn about fractions.” Things start going downhill for Penelope Crumb as soon as the buss pulls up outside Portwaller History Museum. She gets into trouble with the teacher whilst helping her best friend Patsy Cline. Then she is left behind in one room and upon voicing her opinions about this is sent back to the bus, with yet another note for her mum. But Penelope just…

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    Geography Club – Brent Hartinger

    “I was deep behind enemy lines, in the very heart of the opposing camp. My adversaries were all around me. For the time being, my disguise was holding, but still I felt exposed, naked, as if my secret was obvious to anyone who took the time to look. I knew that any wrong action, however slight, could expose my deception and reveal my true identity.” Russel is gay. He assumes he is the only gay person in the whole of Goodkind High School. That is until he meets another Goodkind student in an internet chat room. The other student just happens to be star baseball player Kevin and the pair…

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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…

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    Charm and Strange – Stephanie Kuehn

    “I don’t feel the presence of God here. I pace along the far side of the river, my ears filled with the hum of cicadas and the roar of water flowing over the mill dam. Vermont is postcard perfect. I could stand on my toes and peer over the current and the cattails and see the whole town spread before me. Green-shuttered houses. The cobblestone square. The church spire. The boarding school.  But I don’t.  I crave the illusion of solitude.” Drew is ten years old and one of the best tennis players his club has seen for a long while. When he snaps after losing a match and breaks…