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    Love Bomb – Jenny McLachlan

    “Holy smoke… school actually started seven minutes ago and here I am, playing with Lego. I shake frosts into my mouth, plug down some warm milk and abandon my last birthday presents. I’m actually going to have to run to school. At least I get to try out my brand new Puma trainers… gold stripe!” When Betty lands at the feet of new boy Toby she will do anything – literally anything – to keep seeing him around school. As the two get closer Betty starts thinking about what her first kiss will be like, obsessing about the boy she has suddenly found has pride of place in her life.…

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    Secrets, Scheme and Sewing Machines blog tour: extract and review

    The textiles classroom was close to the drama room, but it wasn’t somewhere I’d spent a lot of time before – not since my last textiles class in Year Nine. I had a horrible feeling that Miss Cotterill was probably still going to remember the hideous stuffed whale thing I made in that class. I just hoped she wouldn’t mention it in front of Connor.  “You want to join Sewing Club?” Miss Cotterill peered over her tiny glasses at me. “Are you sure?” Connor was silently laughing behind me. I couldn’t see him, but I just knew. “Very.” I tried out my best “I know what I’m doing” smile. It…

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    Marly’s Ghost – David Levithan

    “Marly was dead, to begin with. There was no doubt whatsoever about that. I had been there. When she went off the treatments, she decided she wanted to die at home, and she wanted me to be there with her family. So I sat, and I waited, and I was destroyed.”  Its been four months since Ben’s girlfriend Marly died. Four long, hard months filled with grief, sadness and loneliness. He cannot get her off his mind and has retreated from his friends. With Valentine’s Day approaching Ben feels more alone and miserable than ever, and he isn’t afraid to share that misery. He is ignoring his friends, telling a…

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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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    The Sky is Everywhere – Jandy Nelson: review

    “Gram is worried about me. It’s not just because my sister Bailey died four weeks ago, or because my mother hasn’t contacted me in sixteen years, or even because suddenly all I think about sex. She is worried about me because one of her houseplants has spots.”  Lennie is seventeen; her mother hasn’t been around since she was one. Being brought up with her Gram and her uncle Big, Lennie and her sister has lived happily knowing that life is good because her big sister Bailey will never leave her. So when Bailey dies from a fatal arrhythmia and leaves Lennie behind her world comes crashing down around her. Lennie…