Flying Tips For Flightless Birds by Kelly McCaughrain

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Friendship, romance and accepting who you are … that’s a lot for two confused clowns to juggle.

Twins Finch and Birdie Franconi are stars of the flying trapeze.  But when Birdie suffers a terrifying accident, Finch must team up with the geeky new kid.  Hector Hazzard, to form an all-boys double act and save the family circus school.

Can clowning around in the ring help them deal with real life – and face up to how they feel outside the spotlight?  

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Scythe by Neal Shusterman

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Thou shalt kill.

What if death was the only thing left to control?

In a perfect world, the only way to die is to be gleaned by a professional scythe.  When Citra and Rowan are chosen to be apprentice scythes, they know they have no option but to learn the art of killing.  However, the terrifying responsibility of choosing their victims is just the start.

Corruption is the order of the day and Citra and Rowan need to stick together to fight it.

Then they are told that one of them will have to glean the other …

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Landscape With Invisible Hand by M. T. Anderson

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We were all surprised when the vuvv landed the first time.  We were just glad they weren’t invading.  We couldn’t believe our luck when they offered us their tech and invited us to be part of their Interspecies Co-Prosperity Alliance. 

Several years on, jobs are scarce due to the rise of alien tech and there’s no money for food, clean water, or the vuvv’s miraculous medicine.  Adam and his girlfriend, Chloe, must get creative to survive.  Since the vuvv crave “classic” Earth culture, recording 1950s-style dates for them to view seems like a brilliant idea.

But it’s hard for Adam and Chloe to murmur sweet nothings when they hate each other more with every episode.  Soon enough, Adam must decide how far he’s willing to go – and what he’s willing to sacrifice. 

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Blackbird by N. D. Gomes

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My name is Alex.

I am fifteen years old, and I don’t know where my sister is.

Or if she will ever come back. 

It was New Year’s Eve the night that, the dead blackbirds descended, hours before Alex McCarthy’s sister Olivia went missing from a party.

Committed to finding out what happened to her sister within the previously safe walls of their subarctic Orkney village, Alex knows that dishevelled, sometimes intoxicated, Detective Inspector Birkins is her best shot.

Yet as they uncover the secrets behind Olivia’s last night, Alex starts to find out things she may be better off never knowing …   

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Satellite by Nick Lake

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Leo’s going to a place he’s never been before: home

Leo has never set foot on Earth.

Born and raised with twins Orion and Libra on the Moon 2 Space Station, they have grown up together in the most extraordinary of ways.

Now, they are preparing to make their first trip home – their first journey to Earth.

But Leo, Orion and Libra cannot possibly imagine the irreversible consequences that their return will set into motion …

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The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

The Blurb On The Back:

Of course I want to be like them. They’re beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever. And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe.

One terrible morning, Jude and her sisters see their parents murdered in front of them. The terrifying assassins abduct all three girls to the world of Faerie, where Jude is installed in the royal court but mocked and tormented for being mortal, Jude realises that she will need to take part in the dangerous deceptions of the fey to ever truly belong.

But the stairway to power is fraught with shadows and betrayal. And looking over all is the infuriating, arrogant and charismatic Prince Cardan. 

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The Impossible by Mark Illis

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Bored?  Confused?  Desperate for something – anything – exciting to happen?

So is Hector Coleman.  (And, yes, he does also have the worst name in history).

But unlike you, Hector is hanging from a windowsill five metres up, and his life is about to change in unbelievable ways.

If he doesn’t die first.

Want to find out why?  Open this book.  Hector will tell you.  He’ll tell you that the impossible …

Just got real.

A comic-book-inspired adventure with a graphic-novel twist that will make you grateful your life is not as weird as Hector’s …  

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I Am Traitor by Sif Sigmarsdóttir

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London, present day.

Extra-terrestrial visitors have landed.

Amy Sullivan used to feel safe living in a high-rise tower block in the middle of London.  Now it’s the worst place to be.  As large metallic arms fall from the sky, terrified are transported to an unimaginable world on the other side.

Amy runs until she can’t run any more.  Then, she is taken.

Scared and alone, she finds herself inside a spaceship, where those in power will stop at nothing to destroy all she knows.

To save her planet, Amy will have to put faith in those she fears the most.  But what if it means becoming a traitor to everyone she has ever loved?

At the end of the world … Who can you really trust?

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Love And Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

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Lina is spending the summer in Tuscany, fulfilling her mother’s dying wish that she should get to know her father.  With the help of her mother’s journal, Lina uncovers a magical world of secret romance, art and hidden bakeries.  People come to Italy for love and gelato, someone tells her, but sometimes they discover much more. 

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