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The Loop

Author Christina Clover

Fantasy and Myths

bullying, friendship, overcoming adversity, bravery, fiction award

As Max is leaving school one day, he receives messages from his best friend, Ethan, saying that he’s in trouble at the local retail park. Max rushes there to find Ethan being chased by bullies. He can’t get out of the park and just keeps going round and round in circles. Max is determined to help him, but each time they go to the exit, they find themselves looping back around again. Will they ever find their way out?

Fiction Express Awards 2021. Winner
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  • Chapter 1 Absent

    Ethan didn’t come to school, and it’s not like him to miss a day. His best friend, Max, is desperate to find him. So why is Ethan at the local retail park, and who is he hiding from?

  • Chapter 2 Hiding

    Max is determined to get both himself and Ethan out of Halo, but it isn’t as easy as it seems. It appears that Simon and his gang of bullies aren’t the only sinister thing about the retail park...

  • Chapter 3 Betrayal

    Max and Ethan are desperately running round and round in circles, trying to escape Simon and his gang of bullies. It’s time to ask for help, but is anyone listening?

  • Chapter 4 Responsibility

    Max is struggling to understand why Ethan betrayed him, and what exactly is happening at the retail park to keep people trapped. Can the strange woman provide any answers?

  • Chapter 5 Selfless

    It’s time for the boys to hear Cassie’s story and learn how she became trapped at Halo. But can her explanation and advice help Ethan escape? Will they have to face Simon and the gang after all?

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