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    Back to Blackbrick – Sarah Moore Fitzgerald

    “My granddad was pretty much the cleverest person I eve met so it was strange in the end to see the way people treated him – as if he was a complete moron. We were waiting for a train one day, not bothering anyone, when this boy said to me,  ‘Hey. Hey you. What’s wrong with the old man?’  In fairness, my granddad did happen to be in the middle of quite a long conversation with a lamp post. But still, it didn’t give the boy the right to be nosy.”  Cosmo’s grandfather is forgetting everything. Who Cosmo is, where Brian went and even his own life story. Cosmo is determined to…

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    The Bone Dragon – Alexia Casale

    “I rise up, towards the surface.  Through velvet blue into grey dimness. Up towards the light.  And sound starts to penetrate now. Low echoes vibrating through the water.  But I’m not ready to leave yet. I’m safe here, floating in the shadows. The pain is distant, belonging to the light and the warmth and the air.” Evie is broken. Her ribs have caused her so much pain over the last few years and she now has the chance to breathe freely again, yet she will always be broken. Wrapped up in a cover up told to school mates she cannot turn to her friends to talk about the fact part…

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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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    Mercury – Hope Larson

    In small-town modern day Nova Scotia Tara is getting to grips with living at her aunt and uncles house and returning to school after two years o home-schooling. Following a fire that burnt down the family home and her mum moving away following a better job, Tara is feeling lonely and unsure of what her life has become. Reminiscent of a time 150 years previous when her ancestor Josey has met Asa Curry, Josey doesn’t know that her world will be turned upside down by the arrival of this new man in town and she certainly doesn’t know that being swept off your feet is not always a good thing.…