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When Liddy, a teenage alien obsessive, and her mum arrive in a rural town seeking escape, they find a community collapsing in on itself due to an impending mine closure.
Liddy falls into a friendship with Badar, a witty, cynical 15-year-old just like her. An outsider just like her. One of those crazy intense teen friendships that only happen because, well, there's no one else to talk to, no where else to be and you have to fill the hours in the day somehow. The teens are forced to both embrace (or at least tolerate) their differences as they explore what is fast becoming a ghost town.
But when Badar disappears, Liddy must search back through her recent past to find the point where reality and fantasy divide.
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Female | Teen | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 28
EXTRACT: The universe is a big place Big is such a small word for what it is Heaps of people say it is so big And evolution happens so slow That the chances of aliens being intelligent enough to make contact at the same time that weâ€™re intelligent enough to notice are pretty much non-existent Whatever I know how possible the impossible actually bloody is All my freaking life â€˜Thereâ€™s no way weâ€™re going back thereâ€™ We go back there â€˜It wonâ€™t happen againâ€™ It happens â€˜Heâ€™ll never find usâ€™ Dad walks in the front door
Male | Teen | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 35
EXTRACT: We were driving the B80 Dad just pulled off the bitumen We sat By the side of the road and watched the colours change Then more cars started stopping They saw us and went Yeah Now you mention it I donâ€™t have anywhere better to be And we all just watched until the show was done