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    Never Ending – Martyn Bedford

    “Waking in the dark chill before dawn, she imagined her first glimpse of the swimming pool, shimming at their journey’s end.  The sun soaking honey-coated heat into her skin as she stands at the water’s edge.  Liquid light unfurling before her. Blue and white and silver and gold.  She imagined diving in.” Kyritos was meant to be Shiv’s best family holiday. But when tragedy hits in the glorious sun of the Greek island, it hits Shiv harder than anyone else. She knows she’s to blame and knows that the best place for her now is the Korsakoff Clinic where she can face the truth about her brother’s death. The unconventional…

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    Bird – Crystal Chan

    “Grandpa stopped speaking the day he killed my brother, john. His name was John until Grandpa said he looked more like a Bird with the way he kept jumping off things, and the name stuck. Bird’s thick, black hair poked out in every direction, just like the head feathers of the blackbirds, Grandpa said, and he bet that one day Bird would fly like one too. Grandpa kept talking like that, and no one paid him much notice until Bird jumped off a cliff.” Jewel has lived in her brothers shadow all her life. On the day he died the only people not out looking for Bird were Jewel’s mother…

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    Who Framed Klaris Cliff – Nikki Sheehan

    “We were talking about the old days, and I remembered the weirdest things. Like people calling them ‘friends’. And how they said they were good for your brain. Some families even laid a place for them at dinner.  Then I thought about the day it changed. The day Shorefield happened.  It was on TV. A newsflash cut through the kids’ programmes. We saw the victims being rolled out on trolleys, their faces covered over. A camera zoomed in on a small hand dangling from underneath a sheet.” Joseph had never been good at imagining things, he was good at Maths and Science, not creative things like Art and English. Which…

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    Hurt – Tabitha Sazuma

    “He opens his eyes and knows instantly that something is terribly wrong. He senses it through his skin, his nerves, his synapses, even though, spread-eagled on his back, all he can see is the frosted light-fitting on his bedroom ceiling. The room is white, violently bright and he knows that it is a sunny day and he forgot to close the curtains, just as he knows, from the belt cutting into his side, the denim against his legs, the clammy cotton sticking to his chest, that he slept in his clothes.” Mathéo wakes to find his room in tatters. It is like something from a nightmare and he can’t remember…

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    The Seeing – Diana Hendry

    “The pills don’t help. It’s been three weeks now and every night it’s the same. I’m trying to stop it all happening and I can’t. The fire’s eating up the whole beach. Even the sea can’t put it out, can’t even reach it. It’s as if the sea sees the flames streaking the sky in a hellish mix of red, orange, yellow – and draws back, afraid.” Lizzie is a child of war. Whilst the war is over, things in the 50’s are still on edge and there are still many people reflecting on what war meant for her small town, Norton. Things rarely change in Norton but when Natalie…

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    Kite Spirit – Sita Brahmachari

    “Dawn’s never late. I check the time again: 8.51. I think I know what’s happened now. She must have turned up early, all stressed out, and I had the radio cranked up so loud I didn’t hear her knocking. I bet she’s already gone and she’ll b livid with me late for cutting it so fine. I knock one last time but it’s quiet in her flat.” When Kite’s best friend doesn’t turn up at her door on the morning of their first GCSE exam, she knows something is wrong. Half way through the school get the news that Dawn has taken her won life and Kite knowns instantly. Kite…

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    Drowning Instinct – Ilsa J. Bick

    “‘Look,’ says the detective. He stares down at the girl huddled on the gurney. Despite a half dozen blankets, the poor kid is still shaking as badly as when they pulled her from the water an hour ago. Another ten, fifteen minutes in that lake, Bob Pendleton thinks, and she might not have made it either. ‘Just tell me the truth. The truth can’t hurt.'” Jenna has recently been released from a mental health unit. Psycho-Dad thinks she’s ‘cured’ but Jenna knows that’s just wishful thinking, there’s still plenty wrong with her. Like for example her parents constant arguing, her mums drinking, her dads way of ignoring her and what…

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    Undone – Cat Clarke

    “The boy next door. Its a terrible cliche, isnt it? The one you eventually realise is The One after having your heart pulverised by an assortment of bad boys. We’ve all been there. Things were a little different for her though. She realised he was The One before she’d even met any bad boy, let alone had her heart pulverised bt one. And in her case The One happened to be very much gay. That pretty much blows the cliche out of the water, don’t you think? When Jem first caught sight of Kai he was lying on his back watching the sky. They were eight years old and from…