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12-year-old Alexa, has spent her life living behind the four-story walls that surround her village and the three others that make up Bridewell Common. But Alexa’s curiosity for what lies in the hills and forests on the other side sends her on a daring adventure into a secret world in which nothing is as it seems to be.
Patrick Carman

The first time she saw him, she flipped. The first time he saw her, he ran. That was the second grade, but not much has changed by the seventh. She says: “My Bryce. Still walking around with my first kiss.” He says: “It’s been six years of strategic avoidance and social discomfort.” But in the eighth grade everything gets turned upside down. And just as he’s thinking there’s more to her than meets the eye, she’s thinking that he’s not quite all he seemed.

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Josie Alibrandi lives with her mum, Christina, in the protective shadow of her Nonna, Katia and in ignorance of the identity of her father, Michael.

She is 17 and about to face the biggest year of her life so far, finishing school. It should be enough that she has to cope with her weird Italian heritage and the fact that she’s about to do her HSC exams as a scholarship student at an exclusive girls’ school with high expectations of getting into university to study law.

In this watershed year she discovers boys, tragedy and joy, the identity of her father, and, most of all, she begins to work out who she really is …

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