Age: 13+ & YA
Publication date: January 2009
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Since her mother’s death when she was seven, 15-year-old Jem has kept a secret.
When her eyes meet someone else’s, a number comes into her head – the date on which they will die.
Knowing that nothing can last for ever, Jem avoids relationships, until she meets Spider, another outsider, and her life takes a happier turn. But on their first day out together, waiting for a ride on the London Eye, Jem realises something terrible - everyone in the queue has the same number – and her world is about to explode.
There are places where kids like me go. Sad kids, bad kids, bored kids and lonely kids, kids that are different. Any day of the week, if you know where to look, you’ll find us: behind the shops, in back lanes, under bridges by canals and rivers, round garages, in sheds, on allotments.