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    Water Born – Rachel Ward

    “You need eyes in the back of your head with kids, don’t you? They’re there one minute, gone the next.  Someone nearby shouts and it brings me back to my sense. I look around and she’s not next to me. Nicola. I can’t work out where she is, but she can’t be far away. I only took my eyes off her for a second, didn’t I?” Nic has always been drawn to the water. At two and a half she nearly drowns, her parents and grandmother think its best to move away. Then as a teen she shows a natural talent for swimming, her parents aren’t happy but it makes…

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    Beautiful Chaos – Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

    “In Gatlin, it’s funny how the good things are all tied up with the bad. Sometimes it’s hard to tell which is which. But either way, you end up taking your sugar with your salt and your kicks with your kisses, as Amma would say.” Since Lena made the decision not to choose between light and dark, the world has not been the same. The Caster world has become a twisted place with powers not working as they should. And even the mortal world knows something strange has happened with heat waves and lumbers attacking every bit of vegetation. If Ethan and Lena want to fix the chaos caused, one…

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    Haunted – William Hussey

    “‘You gotta bring them back the head, Henry, or it won’t count. Good luck.’ Henry Torve sidestepped through a gap in the rusted bars, his teeth clenching at the clatter-clang of the gate. Ever since he’d heard the stories about this place, most of them told by his cousin Emma, he had dreamed of this moment: his leg reaching through the gate, his foot touching down upon the cursed earth, and then… he shivered. Henry wouldn’t let go of the bars, not yet, the others might notice how his hands shook.” When Henry is dared to go into the cursed Funland theme park, deserted for years since its owner blew…

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    In The Shadow of Blackbirds – Cat Winters

    “The day before my father’s arrest. I read an article about a mother who cured her daughter of the Spanish flu by burying her in raw onions for three days.  ‘It’s like the Gypsies hanging garlic above their doors to ward off evil,’ my father remarked over supper, ‘relying on folk remedies out of desperation.’ He shook his head at the state of the world and scratched his white whiskers.” When Mary Shelley’s father is arrested for rallying against America’s involvement in the First World War she escapes Portland in order to seek refuge with her Aunt in San Diego. For years she has been conversing with an old friend…

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    Dance of Shadows – Yelena Black

    “In the harsh glare of the lights, Chloe’s shadow stretched across the stage. Her toes pointed and taut, her arms fluttering like wings, she arched her neck and watched as her own silhouette seemed to move without her…”Venessa’s Sister, Margaret, went missing three years ago. She was in her first year at the New York City Ballet Academy. Now Venessa has followed in her footsteps, quite literally. Venessa is cast as the lead in the Academy’s first performance of the year, The Firebird; something that rarely happens to freshmen, but that did happen to Margaret. When tales of other dancers going missing, who were cast in this part too, Venessa…

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    Shattered Dreams – Ellie James

    “‘I heard this place is like… haunted.’ Stepping around a huge old oak, I lifted my flashlight… and saw the house. Everyone else kept tromping through knee-high weeds, but something held me there, totally still, while Spanish moss slipped against my face.” Trinity Rose has a gift, a disturbing gift which means she can see things before they happen, terrible things. When she was seven she saw her dog die two days before it happened, but her Gran told her to keep it quiet, not to say anything or tell anyone about her gift. When her Gran dies and Trinity is moved back to New Orleans to live with an…

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    The Diviners – Libba Bray

    “In a town house at a fashionable address on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, every lamp blazes. There’s a party going on – the last of the summer. Out on the terrace overlooking Manhattan’s incandescent skyline, the orchestra takes amuck-needed break. It’s ten thirty. The party has been on since eight o’clock, and already the guests are bored. Fashionable debutantes in pastel chiffon party dresses wilt into leather chairs like frosted petite fours melting under the July sun.” The story beginnings at a party in danger of being likened to a church social, sprucing things up a bit the hostess helps herself to an ancient Ouija Board. This tantalises the guests…