Age range:

12–14

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Pride Reading Guide 2022

Building on the Rainbow Reads reading list produced with An Post, our Pride Reading Guide contains 100 LGBTQIA+ inclusive stories for young readers aged 0–18.

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The Great Fox Illusion

The Great Fox, a world famous magician, disappears without a trace and without an heir to leave his legacy and fortune to. By his instruction, a TV competition will determine which young magician will inherit the secrets to his tricks.

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The Sky Over Rebecca

Kara Lukas is lonely. In the atmospheric Swedish winter, she watches the frozen lake, watches the stars, and tries to uncover the mystery of a snow angel. Strange noises in the woods and inexplicable footprints lead her to Rebecca and her brother Samuel in their small isle hideout. The Jewish siblings are not only from another place, but another time. A bond of friendship forms across space and time as two lonely girls find each other.

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Furthermoor

Darren Simpson’s novel is an unusual blend of fantasy narrative and the emotional theme of confronting life’s hardships. Bren is a teenage boy consumed by grief over the recent tragic death of his sister, Evie. He carries a heavy burden on his shoulders, between familial issues, school bullying and depression. His only solace is in travelling to a mystical land called Furthermoor using the magical mechanics of his watch, to meet Evie and confide in her his struggles since her death.

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Circus Maximus: Race to the Death

In this book we follow Dido, female charioteer and champion of the Circus Maximus, during the reign of Emperor Caligula, the third Roman Emperor.

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Aarti and the Blue Gods

Aarti and Aunt live in a state of anxious self-sufficiency on Aunt’s Scottish island. Aunt apparently rescued orphaned Aarti, and took her to safety away from ‘a world full of bad, cruel things.’

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A Hunter's Moon

A Hunter’s Moon takes you on a journey into the depths of the dark and mystical woods, stepping back through time into a world where magic is not only believed in, but something to be feared and respected. So, what then becomes of those who don’t abide by the ancient rules of the forest? In this story, city dweller Callum learns that there are things in his world that he can’t explain and people who lead very different lives to his, deep within the Scottish countryside.

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My Heart and Other Breakables

Written in diary format, this novel charts teenager Ellery’s attempts to come to terms with the untimely death of her mother, a bestselling American writer. As part of her bereavement journey, Ellery, now living in Cork, becomes obsessed with discovering the identity of her father, a secret her mother has brought with her to the grave. With the help of her bookish best friend Meg, Ellery has narrowed the list down to three famous authors, and together they embark on a mission to learn the truth about her paternity.

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Run for Your Life

Run For Your Life begins with a dedication to young people living in Direct Provision in Ireland. The story is narrated by central protagonist Azari, and is split between her past life, before she became a refugee, and her present life in Ireland. The transitions between the two are seamless, leaving the reader constantly wanting to know what will happen next.

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Dread Wood

On first glance, Dread Wood is appealing to look at. The border of each chapter page is attractively (and a little creepily, in keeping with the title) illustrated by Tom Clohosy Cole, the paragraphs and spacing are inviting and uncluttered, and this reviewer felt there was an inclusivity to all types of readers in the book’s presentation.