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    Wild Boy – Rob Lloyd Jones

    “That night, the night the showman came, the moon was the colour of mud.  Above the houses the sky turned from black to dingy brown as a thick fog crept over the city. The monstrous mud-brown cloud rose from the river. It slithered over rooftops, curled around gas lamps and smothered their lights to ghostly orange globes.” In a Victorian London fairground you can see a boy, a boy so terrifying, so ghastly, so covered in hair that you will not be able to take your eyes off him. For Wild Boy is a freak and he is condemned to a life in a traveling freak show. Yet whilst everyone…

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    OMG! Is This Actually My Life? – Rae Earl

    “Sunday 28th December  9.23 a.m OMG- I’M IN PRISON!  It’s actually my bedroom but it might as well be a cell. I’ve seen what prison is like in EastEnders and  except for the fact I’m in heart-print Primark pyjamas there’s no difference.” Fourteen-year-old Hattie Moore doesn’t actually know who her father is – but that’s the least of her problems. How ca she become a TOTAL HOTNESS GODDESS when Miss Gorgeous Knickers at school hates her and no one fancies her because she has no breast? And her family are an actual nightmare. Her unbelievably annoying brother is EVIL and on top of that, her gran is a TOTAL mental…

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    The Ask and the Answer – Patrick Ness

    “‘Your noise reveals you, Todd Hewitt.’ A voice –  In the darkness – I blink open my eyes. Everything it shadows and blur and it feels like the world’s spinning and my blood is too hot and my brain is clogged and I can’t think and it’s dark – I blink again.  Wait –  No, wait –  just now, just now we were in the square – Just now she was in my arms –  She was dying in my arms -” Todd and Viola were being chased by a vicious madman. They believe they had outrun him, but they hadn’t. They killed him but it wasn’t enough, for as…

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    The Knife of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness

    “The first thing you find our when yer dog learns to talk is that dogs don’t got nothing much to say. About anything. ‘Need a poo, Todd.’ ‘Shut up, Manchee.’ ‘Poo.Poo, Todd.’ ‘I said shut it.’ We’re walking across the wild fields south-east of town, those ones that slope down the the river and head on towards the swamp. Ben’s sent me to pick him some swamp apples and he’s made me take Manchee with me, even tho we all know Cillian only bought him to stay on Mayor Prentiss’s good side” Todd is the last boy in Prentisstown, a town where everyone has his own Noise – Noise that…