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    Anyone But You – Kim Askew & Amy Helmes

    “I took a deep breath and backed through the swinging stainless steel door, leaving the chaos of the kitchen and entering the hushed, dimly lit dining room. Our sound system piped in Dean Martin’s “You’re Nobody Til Some-body Loves You” for no less than the fifth time that night. What a horrible sentiment, I thought, surveying the all-too-familar scene.”  Gigi Caputo has been working in her family’s restaurant for as long as she can remember, and one day her father dreams it will all be hers. Cap’s has been passed down through the generations so its only right that Gigi takes it on as the sole child of the remaining…

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    You Against Me – Jenny Downham

    “Mikey couldn’t believe his life.  Here was the milk on the counter in front of him. Here was Ajay, hand out expectantly. And here was Mikey, scrabbling for coins among the old receipts and bits of tissue in his jacket pocket. A woman in the queue behind him shuffled her feet. Behind her, a bloke coughed impatiently.  Anger stirred Mikey’s gut. ‘Sorry,’ he mumbled. ‘I’ll have to leave it.’  Ajay shook his head. ‘Take the milk and pay me tomorrow, it’s all right. And here, take some chocolate for your sisters.’  When Mikey’s sister, Karyn, claims she was raped, Mikey is furious. He wants to find this boy and hurt…

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    Mystic City – Theo Lawrence

    “The party has begun without me.  Slowly, I descend the main staircase of our apartment, which curves dramatically into the reception lounge, currently packed with important guests. Tall ceramic vases line the room, overflowing with roses of every variety: white albas from Africa, pink centifolias from the Netherlands, pale yellow tea roses from China, and roses altered with mystic dye right here in Manhattan to produce colors so electric they hardly seem real.” Aria Rose hardly seems to know where she is at the minute. Having suffered an overdose of Stic, a drug made from mystic energy which gives nonmsytic people a buzz, she has lost some of her memory.…