Sitting Down Star Jumps

      Dillie Dorian
Sitting Down Star Jumps

It’s a new year, and Harley has her spirits set on a spot of self-improvement. Things change when an acquaintance is involved in an accident, shaking things up at home and at school. Harley becomes focused on doing the right thing, which can be hard when certain people are treading all over her dearest beliefs.Will she be able to single out the source of all her worries?It’s a new year, and Harley has her spirits set on a spot of self-improvement. She knows she’s unfit, and that’s the right reason to get a bit of exercise – right?Things change when an acquaintance is involved in an accident, shaking things up at home and at school. The Hartley kids, who might just have distanced themselves from the notion that life’s too short, become focused on doing the “right” thing.But something else has been bothering Harley, and it’s about time she identified it…
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    Angry Coral Week

      Dillie Dorian
Angry Coral Week

It's SATs week for the twins - and Zak. As if that isn't stressful enough, their mother is looking ready to pop, and then there's the threat of sleepless GCSEs and having to shout some wacky baby name in public! The last thing Harley can be bothered with is friend drama, but could it be that a certain someone trusts her more than she ever let on...?When Harley fractures her ankle just in time for the biggest exams of her life so far, things are off to a horrible start. Her mum's baby could be born any minute, and her stepsister is in a state of perpetual freakout for her own reasons, so the last thing Harley wants to hear is that her peers are already heading for home base.Meanwhile, Charlie's terrible at studying and Zak plain hasn't bothered. The idea that "nobody's perfect" has put his every care into a dangerous coma - but that's no one else's problem, right?It's starting to sink in that there are some things you can simply never be ready for...
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    Laddered Tightropes

      Dillie Dorian
Laddered Tightropes

“We’re all going on a… bummer holiday.” A week’s getaway with a best friend each is just what the Hartley kids need – if only that was manageable. The twins have been forced to assume that this maze of tangled kin was sown with good intentions, but they aren’t the only ones for whom the island harbours difficult truths.“We’re all going on a… bummer holiday.” A week’s getaway with a best friend each is just what the Hartley kids need – if only that was manageable. Once again, Harley’s mum has bitten off more than she can chew, and is insisting to digest it with a smile.If Harley can’t remember her uncles and cousin, there’s not a hope for Zak and Kitty. The twins were not long out of nappies on their last encounter, and have been forced to assume that this maze of tangled kin was sown with good intentions, but they aren’t the only ones for whom the island harbours difficult truths.
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    Double Dates & Single Raisins

      Dillie Dorian
Double Dates & Single Raisins

After a few false leads over the last month, Harley finally knows for sure what's going on with her mum - and she's not happy about it. Nobody is. (Well, except for maybe two and a half people.) Her mates have stars in their eyes over the school talent show, and there have been developments on the pet front making the house feel fit to burst. It's about enough to make a girl iron her head...After a few false leads over the last month, Harley finally knows what's going on with her mum - and she's not happy about it. Nobody is. (Well, except for maybe two and a half people.) Never mind; there's lots to take her mind off the situation at home.Her medium-best friends have stars in their eyes over the school talent show ... if only they knew what kind of act they were doing! Meanwhile, there have been developments on the pet front, and the Hartley house already feels fit to burst.There's also a NEW new girl about town, who's literally into EVERYTHING. It's about enough to make a girl iron her head...Sequel to "Oops! Did I Forget I Don't Know You?"
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    Now, Maybe, Probably

      Dillie Dorian
Now, Maybe, Probably

It’s Valentines Party Fever at school, but Harley doesn’t quite “get” it. Sulking over an absent chocolate fountain has never been a priority in the Hartley household – at least not for anyone out of Infants.Relations between her friends are fractious at best, with things at home not much of an improvement. In Harley’s constantly turning world, is there even time for a happy middling?Bully Asta has gone out of her way to identify the poor unfortunates who have missed out on her Valentines party, but no fear – Rachel is here to provide more than enough sulking and snarking to make up for it.Shelley’s birthday was never going to be a good time for left-behind Harley, and it’s a fortnight of high emotion for the whole family. Zak’s got a brand new console and Kitty’s got a hidden talent, while Aimee has turned bitchier than anyone ever thought possible.In Harley’s constantly turning world, is there even time for a happy middling?
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    Oops! Did I Forget I Don't Know You?

      Dillie Dorian
Oops! Did I Forget I Don't Know You?

When her favourite cousin Shelley is whisked away to Australia, Harley is not in the mood for a new girl. What's more, her mum's job interviews have started coming at weirder and weirder times of ... night, and she's worried there might be a man on the scene.Can she plan an ace birthday party for a desperate-to-be-trendy seven year old sis, while keeping close tabs on her mum and brothers?It's September 2006. Everyone loves the Pussycat Dolls, and this one Green Day song is played over and over on the radio all month as if that's big or clever.Harley and friends are back at school (minus Shelley), and there's a new girl in town. Usually, this wouldn't pique her interest, but this particular girl might be important. With her mum increasingly absent, Harley's determined to get to the bottom of things. After all, the last time she buried the facts about her changing homelife, it just meant that she didn't get her say.Can she plan an ace birthday party for a desperate-to-be-trendy seven year old sis, while keeping close tabs on her mum and brothers?Follow Harley's frustrating attempt at Year 9, in this accidental time capsule...
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    An Amicabubble Breakup

      Dillie Dorian
An Amicabubble Breakup

Work Shadowing - the clue's in the name. Harley finds the premise downright creepy. Worst of all, she's not sure she'll even be able to find someone who'll let her walk to heel, going through the motions of business. Adding into all of her stress, her brothers are at war again - and this time it's "serious". How long can she hold out without picking a side?What's worse than three days out of school in the world of grown ups? It turns out, three days *in* school in the *shoes* of a grown up. Harley's struggle to identify a career goal has brought up the inevitable question of teaching.How can she ever hope to supervise a class, when she can barely keep tabs on her troublesome younger sister? Her brothers are at breaking point, and Zak has vowed to end the conflict once and for all.What if this time, there really is no arguing with him?
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    While Shepherds Washed My Socks

      Dillie Dorian
While Shepherds Washed My Socks

A combination of unseasonable sunshine, cross country and a cross twin is more than enough to keep Harley from relaxing as Christmas nears up. At a school that’s dedicated to equal-opportunity bullying, she could do with a visit from Joyous Noel right around now – whoever he is…Life has ways of making the couple of weeks Harley wants to go quickest feel like a decade. A combination of unseasonable sunshine, cross country and a cross twin is more than enough to keep her from relaxing.That’s without the near-religious charity shop crawl necessary to afford even one family Christmas present – and without the creeping feeling that one or both adults in the house have forgotten it’s even December.At a school that’s dedicated to equal-opportunity bullying, she could do with a visit from Joyous Noel – whoever he is…
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    Was He The Queen?!

      Dillie Dorian
Was He The Queen?!

“Can you keep a secret?” Harley’s not sure that she wants to. Her whole childhood was spent rotely denying things she didn’t properly understand. Unlike some of her friends, she doesn’t find the question remotely giggleworthy – but Harley knows better than anyone that it’s not always a choice.When Charlie’s stage fright gets the better of him, Harley knows that there’s something more to it. The events of the next fortnight set her off wondering if the case is the same for other perpetually irritating peers.Why does Devon keep her head covered? Why is Aimee so uptight? Could Harry be less of a good listener than a good reader? Harley has always been known for her tact, but she’s out of her comfort zone with these new revelations.Truth is, getting the dirt is not always optional.
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    Ging Gang Goo

      Dillie Dorian
Ging Gang Goo

It’s the Year 9 Self-Es-Team Building residential, and Harley’s not sure why she signed up. Charlie’s as neurotic as ever, and Devon’s cooing has reached a frequency that only dogs can hear.When Rachel’s nasty side comes out to play, Harley hopes for anything at all to take the spotlight away from her feuding bezzies, but what she’ll discover isn’t going to be easy to handle.It’s the Year 9 Self-Es-Team Building residential, and Harley’s not sure why she signed up. Life in a field is full of inopportune meetings, and two out of four attendees are finding out things they didn't want to know. Charlie’s as neurotic as ever, and Devon’s cooing has reached a frequency that only dogs can hear.Under the un-supervision of three overexcited teachers and some absentee camp counsellors, the students find themselves more-or-less alone, so when Rachel’s nasty side comes out to play, Harley hopes for anything at all to take the spotlight away from her feuding bezzies. But what she’ll discover isn’t going to be easy to handle.
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    A Bended Family

      Dillie Dorian
A Bended Family

Harley feels responsible for everything at home. Her twin brother gets away with murder, and her bitchy new stepsister's accustomed chore is dusting the TV! Her mum's getting remarried, and with shockingly little preparation. A thirteen-year-old girl can't organise a wedding - she can barely make toast, let alone *a* toast. Thing is, in a blended family, communication is key...Harley feels responsible for everything at home. Her twin brother gets away with murder, and her bitchy new stepsister's accustomed chore is dusting the TV! With two unpredictable Primary-schoolers and a happy couple already shirking chores, everything falls to Harley.Her mum's getting remarried, and with shockingly little preparation. It seems that booking the registry office is as far as her supposedly businesslike new hubby has thought. As usual, Harley takes the challenge, but a thirteen-year-old girl can't organise a wedding - she can barely make toast, let alone *a* toast. What with her friends arguing over the pettiest of attractions, it's almost a welcome break.Thing is, in a blended family, communication is key...
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