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    Secrets, Scheme and Sewing Machines blog tour: extract and review

    The textiles classroom was close to the drama room, but it wasn’t somewhere I’d spent a lot of time before – not since my last textiles class in Year Nine. I had a horrible feeling that Miss Cotterill was probably still going to remember the hideous stuffed whale thing I made in that class. I just hoped she wouldn’t mention it in front of Connor.  “You want to join Sewing Club?” Miss Cotterill peered over her tiny glasses at me. “Are you sure?” Connor was silently laughing behind me. I couldn’t see him, but I just knew. “Very.” I tried out my best “I know what I’m doing” smile. It…

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    The Bubble Wrap Boy – Phil Earle

    “There’s a saying that I hate.  I know it shouldn’t bother me like it does, because its only a saying.  A sentence.  Six words. Five of which are one syllable long.  I’m sure there are more irritating phrases; in fact I know there are.  For example, my skin itches every time Sinus hide his hideous lack of tact be hid his beloved:  You’d rather hear it than be deaf.” Charlie Han is the Chinese kid from the chippy. That’s pretty much how people know him, other than being the clumsy idiot who ruins things and who only has one friend, Sinus AKA the kid who stares at walls. Charlie is…

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    Deep Blue – Jennifer Donnelly

    “Deep in the black mountains, deep in the Romanian night, deep beneath the cold, dark waters of the ancient Olt, the river witches sang.  Daughter of Merrow, leave your sleep, The ways of childhood no more to keep,  The dream will die, a nightmare rise,  Sleep no more, child, open your eyes.” Serafina is due to become the queen of the underwater kingdom in which she lives. However scared she is of this nothing prepares her for the day of her declaration when there is an attack on her city. Her kingdom is under siege and she has to flee. She finds herself running from people all around her, people…

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    A Kiss in the Dark – Cat Clarke

    “I saw here before she saw me. It was better that way. I watched her looking for me, craning her neck to see over the crowds. Trying to match the faces in front of her against my profile picture. That was all she had to go on. No bigger than a passport photo and you couldn’t even see my face properly. Half turned away from the camera, fringe flopping down over my eyes. It was one of the only photos of me I didn’t hate. She must have liked it too, I guess.” When Alex and Kate start chatting on their favourite bands online forum there’s an instant attraction. Their…

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    The Golden Day – Ursula Dubosarsky

    “The year began with the hanging of one man and ended with the drowning of another. But every year people die and their ghosts roam in public gardens, hiding behind the gray, dark statues like wild cats, their tiny footsteps and secret breathing muffled by the sound of falling water in the fountains and the quiet ponds.” Eleven little school girls are quietened by their teachers wish to go to the park and think about death. They do not like the thought of death but Miss Renshaw is in charge and they must do as they are told, just as she asks them not to talk about their meetings with…

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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,…