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    Cold Spell – Jackson Pearce

    “There were plenty of reasons to love winter.  Warm fireplaces, stews, Christmastime. In her head she listed everything pleasant about the season, yet she still puled a handmade quilt closer around her body, like a shield that could protect her.  It rarely snowed here – Atlanta usually settled for a motionless, quiet winter, with the sort of cold that carpet into her bones and was hard to shake. Before Christmas the cold seemed a necessary price for the holiday, the presents, the celebration. Now in January, still months to go till spring, the weather was hateful.” Ginny and Kai have been in love for as long as Ginny can remember,…

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    Tinder – Sally Gardner & Illustrated by David Roberts

    “Once in a time of war, when I was a soldier in the Imperial Army, I saw Death walking. He wore upon his skull a withered crown of white bone twisted with green hawthorn. His skeleton was shrouded with a tattered clock of gold and in his wake stood the ghosts of my comrades newly plucked. half-lived, from life. Many I knew by name.” When Otto defies death on the battlefield and is separated from the amry he was forced into he thinks his dangers are over. However lost in the forests of land unknown he can sense the presence of a beast others seem not to be able to,…

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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…

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    Shiver – Maggie Stiefvater

    “I remember lying in the snow, a small red spot of warm going cold, surrounded by wolves. They were licking me, biting me, worrying at my body, pressing in. Their huddled bodies blocked what little heat the sun offered. Ice glistened on their ruffs and their breath made opaque shapes that hung in the air around us.” Grace has always been fascinated by the wolves that live in Boundary Wood. Even though she was attacked as a child she wasn’t afraid of them and sought comfort in knowing they were there every winter. However when a boy from Grace’s school is attacked and killed by the wolves the town of…

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    The Wolf Princess – Cathryn Constable

    “‘Hold my hand, Sophie. We have to leave!’ It was her father’s voice. She couldn’t see him, but she knew, somehow, that his hair was dishevelled and that he was wearing his tatty overcoat, the one with the hem that hung down like a ragger wing. He slipped his hand into hers, clasping it tight, and together they ran through the frozen silver forest.” 13 year old Sophie has very little, she attends New Bloomsbury College for Young Ladies on a scholarship that her guardian, Rosemary, made sure she got so Rosemary didn’t have to actually look after her. Everything in Sophie’s life is plain, just beige, but Rosemary keeps…