Age range:

10–12

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Pride Reading Guide 2023

Supported by An Post, our Pride Reading Guide 2023 contains 200 LGBTQ+ inclusive stories for young readers aged 0–18.

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The Case of the Vanishing Painting

A valuable painting disappears having left Galway in a guarded train carriage. Under suspicion is Tim and Deirdre’s father, the train’s guard, but the twins are certain that their father is not a thief. Setting out to solve the mystery of the vanishing painting, their friend Joe assists them on their mission and before long they are not only fighting to save the twins’ father’s reputation, but also fighting for their very lives …

Cover of Bookworm Beginners reading list, published February 2024

Bookworm Beginners

A celebration of the enrichment books can bring to our lives, this list is recommended reading for dedicated bookworms and bibliophiles, lovers of wordplay and puns, those who dream of one day creating their own stories and even those who need a bit more convincing of the magic of the written word.

We hope that among these stories, you find the book that makes you a reader.

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Cross My Heart and Never Die

Translated from Norwegian to English, this book is formatted as the diary of Tuva, who is 12 years old. Tuva is heading back to school after the summer holidays but doesn’t realise that everything is about to change as her best friend has a new boyfriend and no longer wants to build forts in the forest like they used to do. Tuva is stuck in the middle, as she gets pulled in two different directions, she must figure out what she wants for herself while navigating her own first crush.

Give Leabhar Gaeilge cover artwork - Fintan Wall, March 2024

Give Leabhar Gaeilge

This Seachtain na Gaeilge (1–17 March), discover a new reading guide highlighting the excellent books on offer in the Irish language for children and young people.

Book Cover - Shadowhall Academy - The Whispering Walls

Shadowhall Academy: The Whispering Walls

Set in the cold dark English countryside, Phil Hickes contribution to the boarding school genre brings a spooky twist and puzzling mystery for readers who like ghostly hauntings.

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Freya Harte is Not a Puzzle

Freya has always felt a bit different to her classmates, but things seem to have become increasingly difficult for her since starting secondary school. With a recent Autism diagnosis that she would rather keep private, Freya is even more determined to fit in with the girls in school and hopefully win back her ex-best friend. A trip to Irish college in the Gaeltacht could provide the perfect opportunity, but is it worth changing everything about yourself to try to fit in?

Issue 70 of Inis Magazine, cover by Mary Murphy

Inis magazine: issue 70, January 2024

Inis is the magazine of Children's Books Ireland. Within these pages you will find features and articles on Irish and international children's books as well as in-depth reviews of new titles for children and teenagers. With its range of expert contributors, this is a key resource for teachers, writers, illustrators, librarians, parents/guardians and everyone interested in children's books.

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How Do Meerkats Order Pizza?

How do Meerkats order Pizza? The fascinating answer to the title of this book is that they vote! How do we know this? Why science and research of course! Brooke Barker, the author and illustrator of this fantastic non-fiction book shows us wild animal facts through the people who study them.

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A Bronte Mettlestone Adventure: The Astonishing Chronicles of Oscar from Elsewhere

Skateboard enthusiast Oscar gets chatting to two fellow skaters who disclose (sheepishly) that they’ve heard of a secret world accessible from the skate park by using a mirror. Incredulity does not prevent Oscar from suddenly materialising in another dimension, and it is a hair-raising transition, as Oscar must summon all his athletic prowess to escape a giant silver wave that is about to engulf him.