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    Let it Snow – Maureen Johnson, John Green & Lauren Myracle

    “It was the night before Christmas.  Well to be more precise, it was the afternoon before Christmas. But before I take you into the beating heart of the action, let’s get one thing out of the way. I know from experience that if it comes up later, it will distract you so much that you won’t be able to concentrate on anything else I tell you.  My name is Jubilee Dougal. Take a moment and let it sink in.  See, when you get it up front, its not that bad. Now imagine I was halfway through some long story (like I’m about to be), and I dropped that one on…

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    Devilish – Maureen Johnson

    “Prologue  So this was how it ended. The revelers had deserted, leaving plates of Spanish almonds and sushi and cupcake wrappers. Now there would be no more grand ballrooms with Assyrian kinds and pampered dogs and English pop stars and the A3. No more midnight rides through the skies of Providence. No more Calculus II with Brother Frank. No more stolen moments with 116-year-old boys or staring at the golden brick mansion across the fields.”  Jane and Ally have always been best friends, and have always only had each other. They are two odd to be cool and too cool to be odd at St Teresa’s Preparatory School for Girls,…

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    The Name of the Star – Maureen Johnson

    “Durward Street, East London, August 31 4.17am THE EYES OF LONDON WERE WATCHING CLAIRE JENKINS. She didn’t notice them, of course. No one paid attention to the cameras. It was an accepted fact that London has one of the most extensive CCTV systems in the world. The conservative estimate was that there were a million cameras around the city, but the actual number was probably much higher and growing all the time.” Louisiana’s Rory Deveaux moves to England for her parents to take a sabbatical in Bristol. Choosing her school wisely she enrols in posh boarding school, Wexford so that she can experience more from life. What she doesn’t expect…