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    The Lost and The Found – Cat Clarke

    “She knows. She definitely knows.  I’m not sure how she knows. I’m not stupid enough to keep a diary, and I’m not one of those weirdos who’s all Mum’s-my-best-friend-and-we-tell-each-other-everything. Perhaps its some kind of sixth sense, unique to mothers?  It’s there in her eyes every time she looks at me. The problem is, I can’t tell how she feels about it. Why can’t that show up in her eyes too? Is she angry? Disappointed? Disapproving? Resigned? A little bit proud?” The day after Faith loses her virginity is the day her life changes forever, but not in the way she might have thought. Her older sister, the sister her parents…

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    The Hidden Princess – Katy Moran

    “‘So are you coming tomorrow night, Amy? You could bring Mika in the pram.’ I knew it was a stupid thing to say the second I opened my mouth. Even wrapped in the enormous patchwork blanket I’d spent three months knitting, Mike was still smaller than the Creed family’s ancient and bad-tempered calico cat. There was no way Amy was going to bring her newborn baby to a party in the woods.” Lissy Harker has been trapped in the Hidden halls for six long years. Her father, the Swan King keeping her captive but alive as she is the only one who can open the gateway to the mortal world.…

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    Love Letters to the Dead – Ava Dellaira

    “Dear Kurt Cobain, Mrs Buster gave us out first assignment in English today, to write a letter to a dead person. As if the letter could reach you in heaven, or at the post office for ghosts. She probably meant for us to write to someone like a former president or something, but I need someone to talk to. I couldn’t talk to a president. I can talk to you.” An assignment for English, a pointless, idiotic assignment, but maybe not. Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin, Heath Ledger, Amy Winehouse, Amelia Earhart, they are all dead and they are all going to get letters from Laurel. She wants to speak to someone about…

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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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    Sister Assassin – Kiersten White

    “Fia Seven Years Ago My dress is black and itchy and I hate it. I want to peel it off and I want to kick Aunt Ellen for making me wear it. It’s too short, too, my legs in white tights stretching out too long under the hem. I haven’t worn this dress in two years, not since I was nine, and I hated it then, too. Annie’s dress is just as stupid as mine, but at least she can’t see how dumb we look. I can. I don’t want to be embarrassed today. Today is for being sad. But I am sad and embarrassed and uncomfortable, too.” Fia and…

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    Saving June – Hannah Harrington

    “According the the puppy-of-the-month calendar hanging next to the phone in the kitchen, my sister June died on a Thursday, exactly nine days before her high school graduation. May’s breed is the golden retriever – pictured is a whole litter of the, nestled side by side in a red wagon amid a blooming spring garden.” Harpers sister had just killed herself, Harper was the one who found her body. And now harpers recently divorced parents are considering splitting the ashes into two urns and sharing them. Harper’s not impressed by this idea but she’s also having difficulty understanding why her pretty, perfect, popular sister did it. June was always the…

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    The Sky is Everywhere – Jandy Nelson: review

    “Gram is worried about me. It’s not just because my sister Bailey died four weeks ago, or because my mother hasn’t contacted me in sixteen years, or even because suddenly all I think about sex. She is worried about me because one of her houseplants has spots.”  Lennie is seventeen; her mother hasn’t been around since she was one. Being brought up with her Gram and her uncle Big, Lennie and her sister has lived happily knowing that life is good because her big sister Bailey will never leave her. So when Bailey dies from a fatal arrhythmia and leaves Lennie behind her world comes crashing down around her. Lennie…