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    Where the Rock Splits the Sky – Philip Webb

    “Leaning against the doorpost of the smithy, I pretend it is a normal day. For the thousandth time in the last hour I wonder whether I should say goodbye to Luis or just slip away. The boardwalk outside is as bright as the forge – it always is – under the light of a sun that sits on the horizon and refuses to set. Where farewells ever easier at night all those years ago, when there was proper darkness? Before the Zone. Before the Visitors came to this world and stopped it dead on its axis.” Ever since the Visitors came twenty years ago the world has stood still, never…

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    When the World was Flat (and We Were in Love) – Ingrid Jonach

    “I remember when I first heard his name – Tom. I was sitting in the cafeteria with my best friends, Jo and Sylv, in the last week of our sophomore year at Green Grove Central High School, scraping Wite-Out off my burger on the tray in front of me, when the news broke about the ‘new guy’.” Lillie has been suffering from nightmares for the past few months, but that wont stop her from trying to get to know the new guy. When Tom arrives it would seem he wants nothing to do with anyone, despite the interest from the girls of Green Grove, yet there is a connection between…

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    Phoenix – SF Said (Illustrated by Dave McKean)

    “Lucky dreamed of the stars again that night. He loved the stars, and dreamed about them most nights. A million points of silver light, shining in the black.  But this dream was different. This time, the stars were calling him. They were trying to tell him something. They were making a small soft, silvery sound, like the chime of a faraway bell.” There was never anything unusual about Lucky. He lived with his mum on Phoenix and his dad was off fighting in the War Zone. When he wakes up after a powerful dream to find his bed sheet has been reduced to ashes though, things start getting scary. His…

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    Maggot Moon – Sally Gardner

    “I’m wondering what if.  What if the football hadn’t gone over the wall.  What if Hector had never gone looking for it.  What if he hadn’t kept the dark secret to himself.  What if… Then I suppose I would be telling myself another story. You see, the what if’s are as boundless as the stars.” Standish Treadwell’s best friend Hector went to retrieve a ball from the other side of the wall. The next day, Hector and his family were gone. Standish’s life changed when Hector came into it and now he’s gone it’s going to change again, for the worse. The Motherland is oppressing everyone in Standish’s world and…

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    The Ask and the Answer – Patrick Ness

    “‘Your noise reveals you, Todd Hewitt.’ A voice –  In the darkness – I blink open my eyes. Everything it shadows and blur and it feels like the world’s spinning and my blood is too hot and my brain is clogged and I can’t think and it’s dark – I blink again.  Wait –  No, wait –  just now, just now we were in the square – Just now she was in my arms –  She was dying in my arms -” Todd and Viola were being chased by a vicious madman. They believe they had outrun him, but they hadn’t. They killed him but it wasn’t enough, for as…