This is Better than That

The Grateful Girl
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Series: This is Better than That, Book I. Price: Free! Words: 3,990. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: September 10, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Lucy’s parents never said ‘no’, not once. They never asked her to work for anything, to do any chores, to care for anything. So she had grown up ungrateful, taking everything for granted. It wasn’t that she was particularly selfish or unthinking; it was just that she didn’t know any better. Then strange things started to happen.
Elsie and the Money Tree
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Series: This is Better than That, Book II. Price: Free! Words: 4,080. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: September 11, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Elsie was the kind of tender-hearted girl who would give away her lunch money to someone more needy before she even got to school. Her parents had never understood her and were unable to make her understand that money should never be given away and that it was their own fault that poor people were poor. As everyone knows: money doesn't grow on trees...
Grandmother's Ashes
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Series: This is Better than That, Book III. Price: Free! Words: 5,000. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: September 11, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
Emma wanted her little brother’s birthday party to be so perfect that even her mum would be proud. But despite her best efforts, everything was going wrong. And soon twenty snotty-nosed four year olds and their parents would arrive. If only she had more time.
My Daughter the Mind Reader
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Series: This is Better than That, Book IV. Price: Free! Words: 5,740. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2014. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
I'd done my fair share of thieving, such as any honest businessman did to get along. But a bank robbery, that was a whole different level. My heart was pounding when I woke Cassandra at midnight and dressed her in black, because the plan hinged upon my little daughter's extraordinary abilities as much as it did her ignorance of what I was about to do.
Sabina Octavius and the Volcano
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Series: This is Better than That, Book V. Price: Free! Words: 6,920. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: February 22, 2014. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
'What would you take if Vesuvius erupted, what would you leave behind?' Sabina's teacher asked. It was an interesting question because it made her think about what was important. She asked the slaves of House Octavius. The answer surprised her, and the reasons why. In fact, it threatened to turn her world upside down, just like the rumbling volcano that rose above her family's villa like a wave.
When the Weather Changed
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Series: This is Better than That, Book VI. Price: Free! Words: 5,250. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: September 11, 2014. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
It seemed obvious to Ash that if you wanted to know the truth about something you should ask people who actually knew, rather than people with no relevant knowledge or experience. But grownups didn't always see the obvious, even when it was staring them in the face; even when the swollen rivers flooded their banks and the heaving seas lifted all but the biggest boats and smashed them on the rocks.