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    I Predict a Riot – Catherine Bruton

    “It’s been a year since everything happened, but I still have bad dreams. Dreams of last summer – of me and Tokes and Little Pea – in the park, under the arches, racing through burning streets on the night the city was in flames. Its like a movie running through my head- the same on night after night. Then I wake up to the sound of waves and I remember how the story ends.” Amateur film-maker Maggie thinks she is invisible behind her camera, she thinks no one notices when she walks down Coronation Road recording the clashing of culture it presents. When one day she records the start of…

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    Hate – Alan Gibbons

    “Saturday, 10 August, 2013 The last time I saw Rosie, she was getting on the bus with Paul. It was August and the air was thick with dust and petrol fumes on the Manchester road. Off to our left, on the far side of the housing estate, sun and shadow were playing tag on the hills. Some of the people at the stop noticed the young couple next to them. Rosie and Paul didn’t seem to notice. They were used to the attention.” When Eve gets the news that her sister is in hospital after a vicious attack and may not ever fully recover she thinks things can’t get any…

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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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    Burning Bright – Sophie McKenzie

    “Emmi banged on the door of my changing cubicle.  ‘River,’ she yelled. ‘Come on.’ I gritted my teeth and opened the door. Emmi stood in front of me, her hands on her hips. Tall, dark and impatient, the string of her dark blue designer bikini were looped in artfully casual bows over her slim hips and tanned shoulder. Grace hovered beside her – all fragile and blonde – in a pretty, pink one-piece.” Its four months since River and Flynn got together, and its been amazing for River. However Flynn’s temper is not getting any better and when River finds out he has been getting into fights and people are…

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    Charm and Strange – Stephanie Kuehn

    “I don’t feel the presence of God here. I pace along the far side of the river, my ears filled with the hum of cicadas and the roar of water flowing over the mill dam. Vermont is postcard perfect. I could stand on my toes and peer over the current and the cattails and see the whole town spread before me. Green-shuttered houses. The cobblestone square. The church spire. The boarding school.  But I don’t.  I crave the illusion of solitude.” Drew is ten years old and one of the best tennis players his club has seen for a long while. When he snaps after losing a match and breaks…