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My warning to you is if you decide to start exploring the booktrust website, be sure to have at least an hour up your sleeve.

I found myself intrigued by the wealth of choice and information contained in this comprehensive website.   With options to read short stories or even submit your own, clearly this site is living up to its byline of ‘Inspiring a love of books’.

With an amazing range of events and competitions highlighted, the avid reader/writer can even tap into tips and pointers on how to become a better writer or take advantage of learning from the online writer in residence.

This UK based website has certainly set itself some grand goals.  Just have a read of this snippet from its ‘About’ page:

Booktrust is an independent reading and writing charity that makes a nationwide impact on individuals, families and communities, and culture in the UK. We make a significant positive contribution to the educational outcomes of children from the earliest age. We work to empower people of all ages and abilities by giving them confidence and choices about reading. And we want individuals of all backgrounds to benefit from the wellbeing that a rich and positive engagement in reading and writing can bring.

A great site!

And if you happen to be on the look out for more great ‘short story’ websites – take the time to check out this list put together by makeuseof10 websites where you can enjoy reaidng short stories and flash fiction.  Some of the sites are really awesome!

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A great collection of short stories which reflect the love, loss, joy and grief that young people typically experience in their homes, their friendships and their lives.   Roy captures the voices of teenagers in a way that is real and convincing.   The characters we meet in these diverse but vaguely linked stories could be any that we meet in our families, school yards or work places.  Set in a ‘town’ of no description the idiosyncratic feel of the stories resonate with us long after closing the book.  And oh ….. did I mention the unexpected twisted endings or the sharp humour of some of these stories?  A great read by James Roy.

Rating: *****
Theme Fiction:
Short Stories; Person to Person
Suitable: Year 10-12

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