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    Gretel and the Dark – Eliza Granville

    “It is many years before the Pied Piper comes back for the other children. Though his music has been silenced, still thousands are forced to follow him, young, old, large, small, everyone… Even the ogres wearing ten-league boots and cracking whips, even their nine-headed dogs. We are the rats in exodus now and the Earth shrinks from the touch of our feet. Spring leaves a butter taste. All day, rain and people fall; all night, nixies wail from the lakes. The blood-coloured ear sniffs at our heels. I keep my eyes on the road, counting white pebbles, fearful of where this last gingerbread trail is leading us.”  In 1899 Vienna…

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    How To Love – Katie Cotugno

    “I’ve been looking for Sawyer for half a lifetime when I find him standing in front of the Slurpee machine at the 7-eleven on Federal Highway, gazing through the window at the frozen, neon-bright churning like he’s expecting the mysteries of the universe to be revealed to him from inside.  Come to think of it, maybe he is.  I stop. I stare. I need gum and a soda and a box of animal crackers for Hannah, but already I known I’m going to be walking out of this place empty-handed.” Reena was a good girl, on track to get out of her small town a year early and go to…