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Tinder – Sally Gardner

“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 cloak of gold and in his wake stood the ghosts of my comrades newly…

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She Is Not Invisible – Marcus Sedgwick

“I bit my tongue and waited a moment, and tried to remember that Benjamin was only seven, and that I had abducted him, that he was up way past anyone’s bedtime, let alone his, and that no one might ever forgive me for any of this anyway” Published: April 2013 Publisher: Orion (Indigo) Genre: YA…

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The Lottery – Shirley Jackson

“The people of the village began to gather in the square…. around ten o’clock; in some towns there were so many people that the lottery took two days” Published: 2014 (First in 1948) Publisher: Penguin Modern Classics Genre: Short Story/Thriller This little edition of The Lottery is barely 12 pages long but don’t let that…

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If You Find Me – Emily Murdoch

“The room fills with Vivaldi’s ‘Winter’, the crisp, sparkling notes dusting everything fresh and new. Our instruments blend together until there’s no separation, no space between us, no end and no beginning. ‘Put it into the music,’ Mama used to say. ‘The anger, sadness, worries- there are notes for all of it.’ There are notes…

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Freak Show Without A Tent – Nevin Martell

“Rio Negro means Black River, a phrase that did not inspire images of tranquility or sensuality. It sounded more like the setting for an Indiana Jones film or a place where a cult might commit group suicide. It’s not a stretch of water that beckons you like a crystal clear Caribbean cove; instead, it seemed…

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I, Walter – Mike Hartner

Published: 2014 Publisher: Independent Genre: Historical Fiction Walter Crofter was born into Elizabethan England. In a country and a time where favour and politics were both deadly, can an honest boy stay true to himself? Especially given his family background? I, Walter is the story of 67 year old Walter Crofter who finally decides to…

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Winger – Andrew Smith

“You know, nothing ever goes back exactly the way it was. Things just expand and contract. Like the universe, like breathing. But you’ll never fill your lungs up with the same air twice.” Published: 2014 (UK) Publisher: Penguin Genre: YA Fiction Ryan Dean West, known as Winger by his rugby team, and by his new…