Today’s Deadly Destination is from Bryony Pearce‘s Taylor Oh on London from The Weight of Souls (published on August 1, 2013 by Strange Chemistry). Want to win a copy? Enter via the widget below.
Bryony Pearce’s Taylor Oh on London from The Weight of Souls
You’re new to the school. You don’t want to sit with me, trust me. You’re confused. You want Tamsin, or Justin, over there by the lockers. If you can get in with them, then you’re sorted. Stay with me and school will suck more than you thought possible. Avoid James though, if you can. He’s a total douche. Dangerous.
You’re still here? Why? I get that there’s a seat next to me. There always is. I’m persona non grata. The uncoolest of the uncool. Seriously, it could be contagious. You should leave.
So, you’re new to London? So what? You think you’re the only incomer this school has ever seen? There’s always people in and out. Especially here. Justin moved in a few years ago. Now he’s king. You don’t need to be hanging with the weirdo.
Don’t stay just because you feel sorry for me. Or because you think I’ll be an easy friend to make. I have a friend. Hannah. She’ll be back from the office in a while. You should leave.
You came in on my bus. Live just round the corner in Shepherds Bush? That’s nice. Doesn’t mean I want to hang.
I don’t have time to be making new friends. I don’t go out much anyway. Not unless I have to.
This city, it’s unforgiving. I see its dark underbelly: the council estates, the high rises with broken windows and shattered dreams. Graffiti gang signs and swear words on walls, smashed bottles and fag ends in gutters. Scaffolding like ancient skeletons on building sites that will never be finished; that will remain Lego buildings without ceilings as developers fold and move to more affluent areas, where the ‘up and coming’ have forced out the old indigenous populations, turned them to the Edgelands. But that’s almost alright. You expect it there in the dodgy pubs and mosh pits. Among the homeless, huddled beneath bridges on their cardboard boxes or cuddled inside newspapers, using filth like blankets. The killers in hoodies are those you expect. It’s the slaughterers in suits, the ones who look normal but have ice behind their eyes, the ones who live in the white framed mansions in Kensington cul-de-sacs, behind flower arrangements in window boxes, those are the ones that really scare me. They can kill as easy as a gang member with a knife, but they’ll smile and shake your hand while doing it.
Yes, I do sound like I know what I’m talking about. Didn’t mean to scare you. Not really. Look, Hannah’s coming. Yeah, the one with the pink hair. We’re done here, right?
Look, you seem nice. You don’t want to get on Tamsin’s bad side on day one. She’s already looking over here. Pretend I’m a leper. Edge away. I won’t mind.
I wear it most of the time. It’s not because I’m cool or different. I have eczema flare ups. They call me Godzilla. You know, because I’m Asian and scaly like a lizard.
See, I knew that would make you back off.
Have a nice life. Look, Tamsin’s waving. Off you go.
Good job I never told you about the ghosts, or the real reason I wear that glove. You think you’re scared of me now?
If you knew the truth you’d run and never look back.
She enjoys doing school visits, festivals and events, at least when the children let her out of the house.
Her new book The Weight of Souls is published by Strange Chemistry on 1st August 2013.
One copy of The Weight of Souls by Bryony Pearce & a signed postcard and Ghost charm (for mobile phone, bookmark etc)
Available on August 1, 2013 by Strange Chemistry
Sixteen year old Taylor Oh is cursed: if she is touched by the ghost of a murder victim then they pass a mark beneath her skin. She has three weeks to find their murderer and pass the mark to them – letting justice take place and sending them into the Darkness. And if she doesn’t make it in time? The Darkness will come for her…
She spends her life trying to avoid ghosts, make it through school where she’s bullied by popular Justin and his cronies, keep her one remaining friend, and persuade her father that this is real and that she’s not going crazy.
But then Justin is murdered and everything gets a whole lot worse. Justin doesn’t know who killed him, so there’s no obvious person for Taylor to go after. The clues she has lead her to the V Club, a vicious secret society at her school where no one is allowed to leave… and where Justin was dared to do the stunt which led to his death.
Can she find out who was responsible for his murder before the Darkness comes for her? Can she put aside her hatred for her former bully to truly help him?
And what happens if she starts to fall for him?
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