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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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    One Crow Alone – SD Crockett

    “High on a wave-battered cliff is a simple cottage built of stone. It clings the black rocks above a churning wide-grey sea. Smoke from a narrow chimney is beaten horizontal by the wind.  Inside the cottage a girl tends the fire. But her baby will not sleep.”  After her Grandmother dies, Magda is alone in their house in their small Polish village. That evening men come and evacuate the village, but not knowing who the men are, and assuming them to be thieves in the night, Magda hides. The next day she is alone completely. Taking her neighbours horse she rides towards the nearest town. There she finds more evacuations,…

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    Pretty Twisted – Gina Blaxill

    “Sunday 26 October, 10.45AM  We were shown into the police-station waiting room. MUm and Dad sat down, but I stayed on my feet. Apart from being worried, I was angry – at myself. Freya had been missing since Saturday 18th – a whole eight days, yet stupid me had delayed reporting it for a week, thinking I could play detective.”  When Jono and his girlfriend have a fight things are said that maybe were best let unsaid. He was the last one to talk to her properly and now she’s missing, he’s the first one on the suspect list. Jono enlists the help of Ros, an internet friend, to help…

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    Rage Within – Jeyn Roberts

    *** Please note that this book is the second in this series and will contain spoilers for the first. You can read my review of the first here *** “Greetings and Salutations. I know you missed me.  I missed me too.  What can I say? I‘ve been around. I’ve been seeing everything. Slinking through the streets. Crawling through the train tunnels. Walking across water with my eyes alight with fire. Licking the crud off spoons and picking at the chewing gum on my shoes.”  Now that Mason, Aries, Michael and Clementine are together they have found themselves making a family of their group, and they aren’t planning on loosing anyone. But this…

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    Dark Inside – Jeyn Roberts

    “I’m standing at the edge of existence. Behind me, a thousand monsters descend. Their disguises change with each stride.  When they look in a mirror, do they see their true selves?  Arms open wide. In front of me is nothing. No one ever knew how existence would end.” When earthquakes rocked the whole western coast of the Americas, aftershocks weren’t they only thing survivors had to worry about. across the whole of America, Canada and the world people were going crazy. Husbands turned on wives, sisters turned on brothers, girlfriends onto boyfriends. It seemed the world had gone crazy. Mason, Michael, Clementime and Aries are a few of the small…

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    Forget me Never – Gina Blaxill

    “My cousin Danielle was twenty-six when she died. According to the police she jumped from the balcony of her flat, which, in the words of my foster-mother, wasn’t a very nice way to go. What a stupid thing to say. is Death ever ‘nice’?” Dani jumped from the her balcony, it was suicide plain and simple – according to the police – but Sophie doesn’t think so. Dani was a little hit and miss at times but Sophie had just spent a great weekend with her and the pieces just didn’t fit together, especially after Sophie finds a memory stick that belonged to Dani. With the police not doing anything…

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    Debutantes – Cora Harrison

    “The girl’s face was perfectly framed by the russet beech leaves. The early spring sunlight lit creamy-white skin, a grecian nose, violet-blue eyes fringed with long black lashes, and a curtain of shimmering black hair.  The camera clicked and clicked again.”  The four Derrington sister – Violet, Poppy, Daisy and Rose – are used to not having it all. Following the death of their mother, their father left them under the charge of their Great-aunt Lizzie and when he lost a lot of his money in an Indian business venture that went wrong the girls were forced to live a lower class of life than their fathers Earl title suggests. …

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    Abandon – Meg Cabot

    “Anything can happen in the blink of an eye. Anything at all.  One. Two. Three. Blink. A girl is laughing with her friends. Suddenly, a crater splits apart the earth. Through it bursts a man in an ink-black chariot forged in the deepest pits of Hell, drawn by stallions with hoofs of steel and eyes of flame.” Pierce died 18 months ago. She did see a light, but a land with a lake and ships that people were boarding, and a man, who she first met many years before, back when she was a little girl. He recognises her and takes her back to his lair, she finds out she’s…

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    Whats up with Jody Barton? – Hayley Long

    “Life can be pretty weird sometimes… It seriously can.  Sometimes, just when you think you’re rocking along nicely and minding your own business, life throws you a complete curveball and leaves you feeling totally and utterly freaked-out.” Jody and Jolene Barton are twins. They share everything, except a birthday. Jolene was born just before midnight on February 28th and Jody was born just after on February 29th, the leap day. However recently they haven’t been sharing all that much and just before their 16th – and fourth- birthdays Jody has a massive secret that not even Jolene knows about. Life’s thrown a massive curveball again and Jody can’t talk to…

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    After the Snow – SD Crockett

    “I’m gunna sit here in my place on the hill behind the house. Waiting. And watching. Ain’t nothing moving down there. The valley look pretty bare in the snow. Just the house grey and lonely down by the river all frozen. I got to think what I’m gonna do now that everyone gone.” Willo is on his own. Having spent his life up into he mountains as a straggler with his family, he’s never known many people. When he’s out on the mountain and he hears Magda shouting, he doesn’t go to her, he knows there’s something wrong. Then he returns to the house and finds they are gone, Madga,…