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0.4

Fantasy is all too often limited to being considered easy escapism. The old school of science fiction, however, originally more for adult readers, used to see itself as tackling harder issues – meaning of life, etc. – and Mike Lancaster’s brilliant story 0.4 is a welcome addition to old and young readers alike in that…

15 Days Without a Head

Laurence may seem like your typical gangly, awkward teenage boy, but he has a secret. And no, Laurence isn’t lucky enough to have a superpower or psychic abilities. His secret is of the heartbreaking style, his mum is an alcoholic who has given up on life, Laurence and his little brother Jay. Rather than experiencing…

1913, Larkin’s Labour War

This book takes on a big challenge. The story of the Lockout of 1913 is a complex political and economic story. It is the story of Dublin’s working class. Like many other important events in Irish history it is also a story of failure, albeit failure transformed. This book is classified as a graphic novel,…

A Beautiful Lie

‘A story has to settle on you long after the teller has finished. Then, as if a key has been turned in a lock, the door is opened and all that you’ve learnt is before you.’ And there is much to be learned in this book, a first novel that opens many doors on the…

A Crack in Everything

The day Izzy sees the graffiti angel in the streets of Dublin is the day everything changes. Pulled into the world of the Sidhe, she learns about the hidden realm of Dubh Linn that intersects with mortal reality, and gets caught up in an age-old war. Long’s background as a librarian and folklore enthusiast shines…

A Darkness at the End

The previous book in Ruth Frances Long’s trilogy left heroine Izzy in a dark place. She was forced to take some drastic decisions that ultimately led to the death of her boyfriend, Jinx. Although some time has passed, things haven’t improved much. Izzy’s lost her memory and with it some of her ability to keep…

A Face Like Glass

'One dark season, Grandible became certain that there was something living in his domain within the Cheese Tunnels.’ So begins Frances Hardinge’s latest fantasy/adventure novel, and this first sentence sets the tone for the rest of the book: intriguing, funny, and slightly offbeat. The novel is set in the underground city of Caverna, a closed…

A Gathering Light

There’s nothing like a murder on the first page of a novel to grab your attention, and Jennifer Donnelly’s A Gathering Light, is definitely a challenging and absorbing read. The story of two young lives brought together by tragic circumstances, it is a truly moving portrayal of life on the east coast of America in…

A Greyhound of a Girl

'Love', wrote the poet Cecil Day-Lewis, ‘is proved in the letting go.'  It is a quotation which would easily serve as an epigraph for Roddy Doyle’s sixth children’s book, a novel which, in the opinion of this reviewer at least, surpasses any of his previous achievements in his writing for a young readership. It is…

A Midsummer Tights Dream

Louise Rennison is one of my favourite authors; her ability to get into the teenage mindset perfectly amazes me. Being a teenager and a massive fan of her Confessions of Georgia Nicholson series, I had to try out Tallulah Casey’s misadventures of boy snogging. In her previous misadventures Tallulah meets a charming group of friends and foes…

A Seven Letter Word

Kim Slater’s first novel, Smart, was nominated for a slew of regional and national awards when it was published in 2014. Her second novel is a worthy successor to this award-winning début. A Seven Letter Word is an attractive, chunky hardback with Scrabble-themed jacket and endpapers, and using Scrabble tiles and excerpts from the rules…

A Very Good Chance

Minty’s life has been turned upside down by the sudden break-up of her parents’ marriage. Her mother tries to put on a brave face, only succeeding in making Minty feel shut out, while her father immediately announces he is engaged to the irritating Lindy. Minty’s friends don’t understand what she’s going through – but she…

Abandon

Abandon is the first in Meg Cabot’s similarly titled new dark fantasy romance series. The plot centres on a young girl named Pierce, struggling to return to normal life after a near-death experience. This is somewhat hindered by the presence of someone she met while down there. Abandon is a new direction for Cabot; it…

Aesop’s Fables

Fiona Waters (retold) Fulvio Testa   A fable is a short story with a moral, and what better fables are there than Aesop’s. Aesop’s Fables have been around in one form or another since 320BC, and loved by readers of all ages. Children, in particular, love them. It could be said that the fables are…

Africa is My Home – A Child of the Amistad

Home is where the heart is and it doesn’t matter how far away you go if the heart doesn’t follow. There was a time in human history when some never had that choice whether to leave or go and Africa is My Home brings us back to that dark period through the eyes of a…

After Tomorrow

What is it like to become a refugee? When society breaks down in England and supplies become scarce, armed gangs roam the streets stealing from anyone who has anything left to eat. Marked as ‘scadgers’, people who have tried to keep hold of food, Matt and his family are forced to flee to France to…

Amú

Léirmheas le Beití Ní Dhuibhir Buachaill óg is ea é Oisín atá curtha i gcampa ceartúcháin i nGaineamhlach Ghóibí  ag a cuid tuismuitheoirí   agus iad ag súil le feabhas a chur ar a iompar.  Lá éigín socraíonn sé éalú ón gcampa ach  ní mar shíltear a bhítear amuigh i nGaineamhlach Ghóibí . Bíonn an saol amuigh…

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour

A year ago, Amy would not have imagined living in her family home in California and finishing school alone. Neither would she have imagined that her father would be dead, her mother on the opposite side of the country, and her brother nowhere to be seen. When Amy finishes school, she has to get herself…

Amy Green: Love and Other Drama Ramas

In the fourth book of the series, Amy Green and all her friends and family are all loved up! This includes best friend Mills, who has fallen head over heels for the absolutely gorgeous, swoon-worthy Bailey Otis. With Mum finally having the chance to prove her talents as a writer, quirky Aunt Clover headed off…

An Leabhar Órga

Léirmheas le hAisling Ní Fhathaigh Ní féidir mórán eolais a fháil ó chlúdach leabhar Ríona Nic Congáil ach fós féin, b’fhéidir gurbh fhearr sin toisc gur leabhar draíochtúil, drámatúil é a chur faoi gheasa mé ón tús. Is leabhar sraithe atá ann, agus ar dtús cheap mé go mbeadh mearbhall orm é á léamh, ach…

An Uaigh

Úrscéal nuálach suntasach é seo, nach ndéanfar dearmad air go luath. Insíonn sé scéal Aislinge, déagóir a éiríonn ón uaigh ar Oíche Shamhna tar éis di a bheith marbh ar feadh beagnach céad bliain. Ní thuigeann sí ar dtús cén fáth a bhfuil sí tagtha ar ais, nó cad iad go díreach na cumhachtaí speisialta…

And For Your Information… (A Butterfly Novel)

The second of Denise Deegan’s popular Butterfly novels, this story reacquaints us with the same group of privileged teens we met in the first instalment but shifts the focus from Alex to Sarah. This time, the recession has hit the South County Dublin masses, at least as far as Sarah’s life is concerned. Financial pressures…

Angel’s Fury

Every night Cassie Farrier, GCSE student, dreams of the death of Zillah, a little Jewish girl in Nazi Germany. On a school trip to Germany she recognises the field in which Zillah was shot. In the hope of ending her nightmares, she leaves an anonymous tip to the authorities, which leads to the discovery of…

Arrow

“Fairies of the Oak” said Rob. “We are at war”. This book is the third in a series and it starts smack bang in the middle of a plot that seemed pretty involved and a little alienating to someone who hadn’t read the previous two. Perhaps if I had done so, I would have enjoyed Arrow more…

Arthur Quinn and the Fenris Wolf

Alan Early’s Arthur Quinn and the Fenris Wolf, the second book in Early’s Father of Lies trilogy, feels as fresh and as vibrant as the original. Three months have passed since Arthur and his friends stopped the trickster god Loki from taking over the world. But just when things seem to be returning to normal Arthur…

Ash Mistry and the City of Death

This is the second of Ash Mistry’s adventures and the story picks up where book one left off. On top of Ash being in love with the girl next door and having to deal with being the living weapon of death goddess Kali, it now seems that the evil Lord Savage is up to his…

Ask Amy Green: Wedding Belles

Amy Green is used to having plenty of drama-rama in her life. In this book, not only is she helping Clover with the Agony Aunt letters forThe Goss magazine as usual; but her mum Sylvie’s wedding is fast approaching (with mucho planning still to be done), her best friend Mills is being bullied by the other…

At War with the Empire (Ireland’s Fight for Independence)

Hunt’s latest graphic novel begins in 1919 and the aftermath of the 1916 Easter rising, the subject of his 2010 title Blood Upon the Rose. This is not historical fiction, but an attempt to portray modern Irish history in an exciting and accessible way. In many ways it succeeds. Visually the book works very well, the…

Back to Blackbrick

The fact that the story is told by the main character in the book makes it very compelling. The reader is caught up and involved immediately and can feel all of Cosmo’s emotions as he tries to deal with the fact that his beloved granddad is developing Alzheimer’s and beginning to forget who he and…

Belle Epoque

A book with a strong moral centre, Belle Epoque features Maude, a recent runaway who has arrived in 1880s Paris hoping to live a romantic dream. However, Maude must soon face the reality of life in the big city, particularly one fascinated by beauty and money. Maude unwittingly takes on the job of repoussoir – hired out…

Beyond Clueless

Our heroine, Marty, is suffering the same tortures that all teenagers will recognise. She’s been sent to a private Catholic school, away from her Gay Best Friend and soulmate, Jimmy. Marty must navigate new friendships while seeing Jimmy slip away to new friends in the Gay Straight Alliance in his school. Things seem to be…

Binny for Short

If ever proof was needed that children are best left to their own devices, then look no further than this off-beat story by former Whitbread Children’s Book Award winner, Hilary McKay.  After losing their father at a young age,  the Conwallis children and their mother Polly have just moved from their cramped city flat to…

Black Dove, White Raven

Elizabeth Wein’s third novel, Black Dove, White Raven, continues in the same vein as her previous and highly acclaimed works: a historical fiction depicting characters of exceptional courage and resourcefulness that defy the accepted cultural norms within which they must exist. The book follows its young protagonists Teo and Em, from the American South, where…

Blood Tracks

**SPOILER WARNING** This reviewer loved the book so much that they couldn't help give some things away. You have been warned!   **SPOILER WARNING** This story begins in a dramatic, disturbing manner when  sixteen-year-old Gina’s beloved father picks her up from her running practice, drives through the rain-soaked evening to a desolate part of town,…

Blood Upon the Rose Easter 1916: The Rebellion That Set Ireland Free

The graphic novel format as a means of representing Irish historical events is a relatively new and exciting departure in Irish publishing. Using such a format, Blood upon the Rose tells the complex story of the 1916 Rising from its early planning to the final defeat and executions of the leaders. For dramatic effect, the…

Bloodline

Part of Barrington Stoke’s ‘Dyslexia Friendly’ series of books for teenagers, Bloodline tells the story of Finbarr, who is enduring a normal Saturday with his father, his granddad and ‘Grag’, his great-grandfather. As they eat chips and watch TV in silence, a girl bursts into the house. She has stolen cash and decides to hold them hostages…

Bloodstone

Bloodstone is the sequel to Allan Borough’s Ironheart, which introduces the characters of India Bentley and Verity Brown, tech-hunters in a post-apocalyptic world. Knowledge of the first book is really essential to get full enjoyment from this story, as new comers will find it hard to grasp what exactly has occurred leading up to the…

Body Harvest: The Outer Reaches

Body Harvest is the first entry in the ‘Outer Reaches’ series by Malcolm Rose, award-winning author of the ‘Traces’ series.  This YA crime thriller is set in an alternate reality where two distinct species of human, descended from homo erectus, co-exist: majors and outers. Majors (the majority) are similar to homo sapiens, with superior eyesight…

Booked

Thirteen-year-old Nick Hall is a talented and enthusiastic soccer player, with a best friend Coby, and supportive parents. It is unusual for soccer to feature in a book set in the US, but this is only one of several unusual aspects to this book. Written in sparse free verse, Nick’s tale is told in second-…

Born Scared

It’s Christmas Eve and teenager Elliot isn’t just scared, he’s terrified. This isn’t the type of fear you have when you realise you’ve forgotten to buy your mam a Christmas present. This is the ‘fear of fear itself’. A gnawing, unrelenting monster or, as described by Elliot, ‘a howling demon whirling around’ inside. The only…

Breathe

Breathe is the first novel in a trilogy set in a plant-deprived dystopian world where one of our most basic needs – oxygen – has become commodified. Citizens live within the Pod, where the air is breathable, but not equally distributed; the rich, or ‘Premiums’, can buy enough oxygen to live normally, whereas the poor ‘Auxiliaries’…

Bunheads

Nineteen-year-old Hannah is not a prima ballerina, yet. In fifth grade she informed her mother she was going to become a professional dancer. After years of insulated living in the Manhattan Ballet Academy, Hannah is now a senior corps ballet dancer with hope of promotion. Hannah has chance encounters with two possible love interests and…

Buried Thunder

Gripping from the opening paragraph, this thriller is one that called me back to it until I was finished. I generally don’t read scary books, and never at night, but this story was so well told I just had to keep reading. And how wonderful it is to have a complete story.  There is a…

Burn Mark

Burn Mark, set in an alternative London, where the witch hunt never ended, is Powell's début novel. Powell creates a world with a very delicate social structure in which both witches and non-witches alike must live. Glory Starling Wilde is from a long line of witches, with ties to more than one powerful coven (similar to a modern…

Burning Secrets

There is nothing better fitted to delight the reader than change of circumstances and varieties of fortune, according to Cicero. Burning Secrets certainly creates such changes for teenage Daniel, his sister Louie, and their mother when they take the ferry to the isolated island of Wragge to find peace in the wake of some devastating…

Call me Drog

Right or wrong, I generally don’t read the blurb on a book before reading the text. I like to come to a new book uninformed so that every bit of the story is a surprise. So, when I began reading this first novel by Cowing, I thought I was in for a really sinister treat. …

Carrier of the Mark

Leigh Fallon’s debut centres around Boston girl, Megan, who has just moved to Kinsale.  She falls for the mysterious Adam DeRís, but not by chance.  Megan’s new boyfriend is part of an ancient order which dates back to the Tuatha De Danann, and he has an elemental superpower – the ability to control water.   Unbeknownst…

Celtic Warrior: The Legend of Cú Chulainn

Cork-born illustrator Will Sliney and The O’Brien Press bring the legend of Cú Chulainn to the world of comic lovers with the release of this exciting new graphic novel. This is a great, swaggering story of superhuman heroes, scheming gods and epic battles, retold in illustrations that echo the Marvel comic superhero stories that Will…

Chocolate SOS

The sixth of Sue Limb’s books featuring Jess Jordan, Chocolate SOS reads well as a stand-alone as much part of the series. Existing readers will be glad to see more of the already-established characters and new readers will enjoy meeting them. In the wake of a dinner-dance disaster, Jess has dumped her boyfriend Fred, expecting…

Chronicles of Egg: Deadweather and Sunrise

Geoff Rodkey was the screenwriter for the films RV and Daddy Day Care, but his transition to writing novels brings forth a very different kind of story. There’s no Robin Williams or Eddie Murphy style characters here (hooray!). Instead, we have bloodthirsty pirates, heart-breaking romance and a cabin boy called Guts. Set in a world very similar to…

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles)

Meyer’s sci-fi fairytale sees Cinderella’s glass slipper translated to a too-small foot that has been outgrown by its teenaged cyborg owner, in a powerful and compellingly written reworking of the original that raises important questions about beauty, desirability, class and gender. Beyond this, through the figure of its protagonist,Cinder encourages its readers to engage philosophically with…

Clarice Bean, That’s Me

The work of author/illustrator Lauren Child needs no introduction; the appeal of the wonderfully creative, Charlie and Lola books having travelled the globe in both print and film. Clarice Bean, too, has already established herself as quite a teenage icon in the children's book world. Clarice Bean, That's Me, however, has only just made it…

Code Name Verity

Set in World War 2, Code Name Verity tells the story of two best friends. Maddie, a pilot, and Quennie, a special operations executive, both striving to become the best in what is known to be a man’s world. When one of the girls is captured by the Gestapo she is tortured until she finally…

Cold Hands, Warm Heart

In Jill Wolfson’s Cold Hands, Warm Heart, the reader follows the journey of a heart. From the moments before the donor’s accident, to the recovery of the recipient, this is an insight into the lives of those dependent on organ donations and the life giving effects they can bring. The book revolves around the lives of…

Colm and the Ghost’s Revenge

It’s 12 months since Colm managed to overcome an evil creature and a master criminal to destroy the Lazarus Key. Yet he is about to quickly discover that there is not one but three Lazarus Keys and soon finds himself once more in battle with cunning and supernatural forces. The story is fast paced and…

Cross my Heart

Laura della Scala has lived a sheltered life in a convent since she was twelve years old. That is until the night, her father unexpectedly calls for her to come home and the world that she knew gets turned upside down. Laura is to take her sister’s place in an arranged marriage. Initially blinded by…

Crow Girl Rises

Barrington Stoke is a publishing company that famously caters for young people who have problems such as dyslexia; the books are designed in a way that makes them easier to read with cream pages and clear spaced out font. Crow Girl Rises tells the story of a girl, Lily, who is being bullied in school. After…

Curse of Kings (The Trials of Oland Born, Book 1)

Curse of Kings has an atmospheric start with a prologue that introduces the main antagonist and heralds the start of an oppressive era for the Kingdom of Decresian. The fantasy storyline is familiar. The protagonist, Oland Born, is given a quest to save the kingdom from the corrupt Villius Ren and travels through unknown country to…

Dads, Geeks and Blue-Haired Freaks

This is Ellie Phillips’ first young adult novel and she certainly has what it takes. Thanks to the first person narrative, we are immediately drawn into teenager Sadie’s warm, supportive, chaotic Philippine-Jewish family in multi-ethnic Hackney. On her 15th birthday she receives a card from her father. Hardly surprising until we realise that her father…

Dance of the Dark Heart

"If it lives, beware it." This blood-stained warning, issued at the birth of Jack Orion, is left unread and perilously unheeded throughout his lifetime. A foundling taken in by the Huckle family and inseparable companion to their daughter of the same age, Jack has signs of the devil's blood in him. When Janet's mother forces…

Dangerous to Know

The classic story of two teenagers in love, forbidden to be together. It is quite an exciting story, action from beginning to end and I really did find it hard to put down. Moran has a flow to her writing; there never came a lull or a boring moment in the story, it kept moving…

Dark Warnings

In a sense this novel’s most successful character is the city in which it is set, Dublin in the rare auld times, with all its ‘muck and dust and dung, noise and hustle and throng.’ Into this location the author places her adolescent protagonist, Taney, whose narrative voice is that of one who likes to…

Dead Time (The Murder Notebook)

It is unusual to find a book for teens which takes on adult themes and an adult genre, and succeeds as well as this. A murder-mystery and cold case investigation with a difference, it blasts previous detective fiction for young adults out of the water. Cassidy’s characters are precisely defined and believable, and her descriptions…

Death and Co.

Adam Mortson is your typical teenager. He hangs out with his nerdy friends, plays pranks on his evil principal and fancies the stunning Melissa. Unfortunately for Adam, he is also a Luman – a spirit guide who leads souls into the afterlife – a destiny he can’t escape.Death & Co, the first in a trilogy,…

Death of a Chimney Sweep

Leading his blind brother Sammy along the murkier bank of the Thames, young Alfie finds the body of Joe, a small chimney-sweep boy he’d met briefly earlier in the day. The boy had been incoherent with terror and appeared to be running for his life. Now he has obviously failed in his race from his…

Department 19: The Rising

The second volume in Will Hill’s series about Department 19, the covert government department tasked with defending society against supernatural attacks, The Rising picks up after the terrifying attack on Lindisfarne that ended book one.  Jamie, Larissa and Kate are struggling to come to terms with the consequences of this battle, consequences that will have…

Diamond (Hetty Feather)

Diamond is only eight years of age when she is sold by her cruel father to a circus. There, the sinister clown Beppo forces her to do acrobatics, ‘cricking’ her legs by bending them backwards and causing her unspeakable pain and misery. Only for the kind Madame Adeline and Mister Marvo, Diamond doesn’t know how…

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Anthology

When asked to review this book I admit I squealed quite a bit, did a little dance, gushed out my yeses and did an even bigger dance as if no one was looking (luckily they weren’t). I say this to explain that I’m reviewing it from a certain position – that of a Whovian since…

Dodger

Terry Pratchett’s new book is definitely one to read again and again (and again!). Set in Victorian London, it follows a ‘tosher’ named Dodger, an orphan who makes a living searching for coins and valuables in the city’s sewers. One night he witnesses the beating of a young girl and intervenes, and so begins a…

Does your Face Fit? (Poems about fitting in and standing out)

Nasen, which benefits from sales of this book, is the leading UK professional organisation dealing with special educational needs, and the nasen Inclusive Poetry Competition was established to allow young people to express their feelings on inclusion. Several of the competition winners feature in this collection, compiled by Roger Stevens – a poet, writer, musician…

Doglands

Tim Willocks’s first fantasy novel, Doglands, won the 2012 Montreal Book Festival prize for YA fiction. Written from the first-person perspective of Furgul, a lurcher whose mother is a greyhound, Doglands tells the story of Furgul’s quest for freedom after the brutal breeder Dedbone discovers that he is not a purebred. After escaping Dedbone’s savage attempt to kill…

Doing It

Somebody described this book to me as ‘shag, shag, shag’. Actually, there is far more snogging than shagging, and there is much more talk about shagging than there is actually ‘doing it’. Moreover, there is almost as much blushing as there is snogging, and far more anxiety, frustration, sexual failure and emotional insecurity than there…

Dordán

Úrscéal corraitheach a bhogann faoi luas is é Dordán. Cuireann sé síos ar Natasha atá ag ullmhú don Ardteist. Is breá léi am a chaitheamh lena cairde Mollaí agus Ailbhe, a théann ar scoil léi, ag plé gasúir, na scrúduithe, na Debs, agus an todhchaí. Níl a fhios ag Natasha cé a rachaidh léi chuig na Debs: b’fhéidir deartháir a…

Double Trouble

The second in Judi Curtin’s Friends Forever series, Double Trouble features a second trip back through time for Lauren and her cat Saturn. This time, however, her friend Tilly joins her for an adventure in ancient Rome. The girls become separated from Saturn, without whom they cannot return home, and they are sold as slaves…

Dracula (Eagrán do dhéagóirí)

Léirmheas le hIarla Mac Aodha Bhuí Is fada an leabhar seo i gcló ach mar scéal cáiliúil clasaiceach a spreag scannáin agus leaganacha éagsúla gan áireamh, is maith agus is mithid é a mholadh. Chóirigh Emmett B. Arrigan leagan do dhéagóirí agus is é an file agus an t-aistritheoir sároilte cumasach Gabriel Rosenstock a chuir…

Dunger

Joy Cowley appropriately titled this novel Dunger: an old car, anything out of date and useless. For our two protagonists, Will, aged eleven, and Lissy, aged fourteen, those objects described as a dunger whether they be people, place or thing are to be pitied and detested. Will and Lissy are typical tweens and teens – they place great…

Echo Boy

In the future, everyone has an Echo – humanoid machines that live to serve its human masters and look identical to us, but have no life of their own. However, teenager Audrey, whose parents are slain seemingly due to a malfunction, is about to meet Daniel, a cutting-edge Echo with something more than cogs in…

Eleven Eleven

At around 5 am on the eleventh of November 1918 it was decided to call an end to what would become known as World War I. This news should have brought instant relief if not joy to those still fighting at the front. However, the vagaries of war meant that hostilities would not officially cease…

Etiquette and Espionage

Sophronia Temminick is not a proper young lady – she prefers climbing and mischief to proper manners or pretty dresses. So when her mother sends her to a Finishing Academy, she presumes it won’t at all be her cup of tea. But Mademoiselle Geraldine’s school isn’t just about how to properly curtsy – it’s a…

Evie Brooks in Central Park Showdown

Evie is back! And not only has a man arrived, claiming to be her father and wanting to be part of her life, but she must also cope with being the new girl in her middle school. And this being Evie, neither problem runs smoothly. Sheila Agnew has again made Evie a likeable narrator, prone to making mistakes, yet genuinely…

Falling Out of the Sky : Poems About Myths and Monsters

This bespoke anthology boasts twenty-eight poems, drawing on various traditions, beginning, ending, and liberally peppered throughout with those from the ever-charismatic world of Greek mythology. But we also get subjects from old English, Norse, Aztec, Arthurian and Balinese sources, together with a smattering of saints.   Youngsters are  introduced here to a colourful, capricious and…

Far Far Away

Early in McNeal's novel we meet a character called Mrs Truax of whom we read:  'Hers was a sad story, full of dark corners and odd circumstances'. As the book proceeds these 'dark corners' and 'odd circumstances' will be found to extend well beyond Mrs Truax, creating an overall atmosphere suffused with spooky eeriness.  The…

Fearless (Mirrorworld)

Cornelia Funke’s Fearless is the second novel in her Young Adult fantasy Mirrorworld series. Funke is best known for her Inkheart trilogy, which cemented her reputation as a master storyteller. She has raised the bar again with this delectable new series, which takes old fairy tales and turns them into something entirely new. Main character Jacob Reckless…

Fenn Halflin and the Fearzero

In this futuristic page-turner, the world is flooded after the Rising of the waters, and ruled over by the sinister Terra Firma and its ruthless leader, Chilstone. Fenn Halflin is a Seaborn, rescued as a baby after the capture and murder of his rebel parents and, even now more than a decade later, Chilstone’s giant…

Finding Fortune

When Ida’s father decides to go to Klondike and join in the gold rush, she is determined to go with him and avoid the boarding school her stern grandmother is trying to send her to. She plans to stow away, and join her Fa on his great adventure. Together they undertake long voyages, cross treacherous…

Fire & Ash

This is the fourth and final book in Maberry’s gritty, enthralling Rot and Ruin series and you’ll need to read the others first. It marks the end of the journey for Benny Imura and his friends across the zombie-infested wasteland known as the Rot and Ruin. They’ve finally found the mysterious jet whose flight led them out…

Firewallers

In the wake of a banking scandal involving their Dad, Jess and her sister Millie are taken by their Mum to a remote Scottish island to avoid the press.  Here there is a commune of people living a simple life without Internet, mobile phones, cosmetics etc.  The girls wonder how the young people there can…

Flesh and Bone

The world as they knew it has changed for Nix, Benny, Lilah and Chong. They are travelling through Ruin together. Is there any hope that some of their old world has survived? They have heard an engine in the sky. Could it be a jet? The four main characters are clearly defined.  All have their…

Fluttering their way into my head

Among Gabriel Rosenstock’s many accomplishments is his mastery of the haiku as a form and a way of life. This is his latest book of and about the tiny verse-form, an expanded version of an Irish-language book from early in 2014. It’s aimed at young people, and specifically addresses teenagers. It deserves a wider audience,…

Geekhood: Close Encounters of the Girl Kind

Fourteen-year-old Archie is a Geek who spends his Friday nights engaged in Role Playing Games, and whose Interior Monologue reveals the thoughts he can’t share with his friends and doesn’t dare express around his mum and her boyfriend, ‘Tony the Tosser’. This self-deprecating hero understands that when a girl – a pretty girl, at that…

Geekhood: Mission Improbable

As a fan of The Big Bang Theory the premise of Andy Robb’s Geekhood series is familiar to me. Just like the sitcom, this series recounts the adventures (both real and imaginary) of four male protagonists (albeit younger than Sheldon et al), who, because of their preference for gaming, fantasy, and other nerdish activities, over…

Geis – A Matter of Life & Death

A geis is a mythological Gaelic curse, under which you must obey certain rules and limitations or suffer the consequences. But rules are always broken and that’s when it gets interesting. On her deathbed, the great leader Matarka has decreed a contest to decide who will succeed her. After her passing, fifty random citizens are…

Getting Over Garrett Delaney

Sadie has been hopelessly in love with her best friend, Garrett Delaney for the past two years – but he doesn’t even notice. She forces herself to read  Nietzche, go to arty films and dress in the style he likes  – in frayed jeans and battered leather satchel. When Garrett  – with his magnificent cheekbones…

Ghost Detectives: The Lost Bride

When Abi arrives in her new school after emigrating from the U.S., she wonders if she’ll ever fit in and make new friends. She needn’t worry. When she signs up for a historical project to restore the old town museum to its former glory she meets Sarah, Hannah and Grace. They  are very different individuals,…

Ghostly Riders

Phil Carradice’s poems are very imaginative, and often gripping and stark. They will especially appeal to boys. The ones in this collection reflect the more scary and grim aspects of life, spoken by boys or young men caught up in threatening situations. Several of the voices are those of people from the past: a Roman…

Ghoulish Song

When a group of goblins ask to perform in the family bakery Kaile is hesitant, but she gives permission. This is an act that gets her into trouble with her mother, the baker. It also leads to the goblins giving her a small present, a bone flute that leads to her shadow abandoning her. And…

Glow

Two ships, the Empyrean and the New Horizon, have been launched to find New Earth. The New Horizon has been years ahead of the Empyrean, so the Empyrean is naturally surprised and curious when the New Horizon appears beside it–until the New Horizon attacks, killing almost all the adults and kidnapping the girls. Glow is…

Go Tóin Poill

Is scéal osnádúrtha é seo – tá Nic ar a bhealach isteach go hInis Meáin ar an bhád le cuairt a thabhairt ar a sheantuismitheoirí . Agus é amuigh ar an deic, ag iarraidh sos a fháil ón challán i gcábán na bpaisinéirí, tá eispéireas iontach aisteach go deo aige… Tá insint an-ealaíonta ar fad déanta ar an…

Goblin Secrets

In the town of Zombay acting is against the law. Even the putting on of masks is illegal to all but the outcast goblins. But Rownie cannot resist the temptation when a goblin performance needs a volunteer. He has lived most of his short life as “grandchild” to the witch Graba. But all that is…

Goldenhand

In Goldenhand, Garth Nix takes us back to the Old Kingdom, shortly after the events of Abhorsen (published in 2003) and immediately after the events of Nicholas Sayre and the Creature in the Case (2005), and reunites the reader with many familiar characters, including Lirael, Nick, Sabriel, Touchstone and their children. Even Mogget makes a…
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