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Sal

By Mick Kitson (Canongate, £12.99)

Sal is 13, resourceful beyond her years and ready to gut a rabbit if it means that she and her little sister, Peppa, can survive another day in the still beauty of the far-awayfrom- anyone Scottish countryside. Sal has run away from a troubled home life – her ‘maw’ is an alcoholic whose boyfriend, Robert, is abusive and violent – and Sal is determined that Peppa won’t go through what she has suffered.

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