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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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    The Tragedy Paper – Elizabeth Laban

    “As Duncan walked through the stone archway leading into the senior dorm, he had two things on his mind: What “treasure” had been left behind for him and his Tragedy Paper. Well, maybe three things: he was also worried about which room he was going to get.”  Every year the graduating seniors at The Irving School, leave behind a treasure for the new senior who get their room. When Duncan arrives back for his last year at the school he inherits what is commonly thought of as the worst room, and what he thinks is quite possibly the worst ‘treasure’. His treasure is a pack of CDs, CDs which his…