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    Aliens stink – Steve Cole

    “I sat frozen on the bed. Staring.  Three dark eyes stared back and winked at me in sequence.  There was a living creature in my holdall. It was like nothing on earth. It was ALIEN. ALIEN, I TELL YOU! But to be honest, I’m getting ahead of myself. We shouldn’t meet the alien until page 78.” Tim’s fathers work at the space station is very important, so important in fact that he can’t tell tim what it involves. That is until one day when the earths environment issues suddenly disappear and Tims father is the only one who sees an issue with it. When natural disasters strike and Tim’s fathers…

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    Soul Shadows – Alex Woolf

    “Estelle Grant stood at the white picket gate of the cottage and stared out across the meadow. The late afternoon light lay on the warm, summer air like pale wine – heady and sweet. A breeze ruffled the green expanse. She wanted to run through it, feel the silken grass and buttercups against her feet.” Estelle has been sent away to face her fears. Four years after she was locked in an attic by her mother, her doctor believes its best to spend time out in the open but completely alone. The first day goes well but then Estelle starts hearing things and seeing strange shapes out in the meadow.…

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    Grasshopper Jungle – Andrew Smith

    “I read somewhere that human beings are genetically predisposed to record history.  We believe it will prevent us from doing stupid things in the future.  But even though we dutifully archived elaborate records of everything we’ve ever done, we also managed to keep on doing umber and dumber shit.  This is my history.  There are things in here: babies with tow heads, insects as big as refrigerators, God, the devil , limbless warriors, rocket ships, sex, diving bells, theft, wars, monsters, internal combustion engines, love, cigarettes, joy, bomb shelters, pizza and cruelty.  Just like it’s always been.” When Austin and his best friend Robby, whom he may be in love…

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    Sawbones – Catherine Johnson

    “Mr Charles Finch closed his eyes and winced as the knife dug into his skin. He bit down hard on the handkerchief and tried to think of good things: his daughter, Loveday, entering the vanishing cabinet with a flourish; the crowd at the Alhambra, Paris, cheering, on their feet. The heat of from the floodlights, the smell of the tallow and rouge. A crescendo of applause.”  Amongst the open surgeries and dissections in London is the heavy stench of crime. Illegal trading in corpses is rife due to the flourish of people interested in medical science and at the dissection table of his master Ezra McAdam learns that every body…

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    The Diamond Thief – Sharon Gosling

    “Remy took a deep breath as she stood on the edge of the narrow plunge board. Above her, the old material of the big tops roof was close enough to touch. Below her was nothing at all but air dirtied by dust and tobacco smoke, and then, sixty feet below, arranged around the sawdust of the circus ring, there was the crowd. She could almost hear their silence, the collected indrawn breath of five hundred people.” As the finale of the circus show Remy is used to capturing the show, used to the attention. But up on the trapeze covered in greasepaint she feels like she can fly away and…

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    The Originals – Cat Patrick

    “My part is first half.  I go to student government, chemistry, trigonometry, psychology, and history at school, the do the rest of the day at home. I maintain that Mom was in a mood when she made the assignments this year – math and science are definitely not my best subjects.” Lizzie, Ella and Betsy live like sisters in their home, to look at them you would think they were sisters, but to the outside world they are just one person – Elizabeth – and they split the day between them. This is because in reality they are clones, they shouldn’t even exist, but they do and they are living,…

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    Fuse – Julianna Baggott

    *** This is the second book in the Pure series. Please note that it may contain spoilers for the first book. *** “Lying on a thin coat of snow, she sees gray earth meeting gray sky, and she knows she’s back. The horizon looks clawed, but the claw marks are only three stunted trees. They stand in a row like they’re stapling the ground to the sky.  She gasps, suddenly, a delayed reaction, as if someone is trying to steal her breath and she’s pulling it back into her throat.” Following Partridge’s escape, and Lyda’s expulsion, from The Dome, it’s inhabitants aren’t happy. Lyda was sent to bring Partridge back…

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    The Lost Girl – Sangu Mandanna

    “I remember being in town with Mina Ma. I must have been about ten. She wanted to buy a lottery ticket and I stood outside the newsagent’s and looked in the window of the toyshop next door. There was a man in the shop, sitting on a stool with a knife and a large piece of wood in his hands. I watched him for ages… His hands moved so delicately, so lovingly.”  Eva wasn’t born, she was made, by The Weavers. She has been sculpted into someone else her entire life by her guardians, her other and her familiars. She is an Echo, she exists purely to replace her other,…

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    Sammy Feral’s Diaries of Weird – Eleanor Hawken

    “Friday 3rd April  Hi, I’m Sammy Feral. I’ve never had a reason to keep a diary – until now. Today my world did a complete 180. I’ve lost my family, narrowly escaped death and discovered that werewolves are more than just a story made up to scare kids…” Sammy’s family are in trouble. Having been bitten by a werepup, they have all be changed and Sammy is on his own. Not for long though, Donny appears as if by magic and lets Sammy know that there is hope, but no known cure. With his dad growing fur and his older sister baying for blood, Sammy is on a race against…

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    Revived – Cat Patrick

    “I’m flattened and thrashing on the sun-warmed track next to the football field, lying on what looks like asphalt but what I realise, now that I’m down here, is actually that fake spongy stuff. It reeks like it was just installed/ There’s a woman kneeling beside my right shoulder, shouting into a cellphone.” Daisy has died, five times, each time she has died she has been Revived. Revive is a drug, currently in its testing phase, which brings people back after they have died. It has its imitations and every time Daisy dies her and her guardians have to move away and start a new life. When the latest Revive…