Milly McCarthy and the Sports Day Shambles

Milly McCarthy loves her teacher, the always kind Múinteoir Emer, who shows endless patience with her unruly class. But when Milly’s class receives the terrible news that Múinteoir Emer must take some time off for a bunion removal, how will the class cope for five weeks with a substitute teacher? More importantly, how will the substitute teacher cope with Milly’s class?

As they prepare for their first sports day under the watchful eye of PE obsessed Mr. Wright, Milly tries her best and remains steadfast in her positive outlook. She ploughs on even when faced with a myriad of mishaps, but she just can’t help being a magnet for mayhem. Determined not to let her friends down, she never gives up, resulting in some hilarious consequences – well, maybe not that funny for those that fall victim to Milly and her best efforts. Despite a disastrous Lá Spóirt, Milly shows us that what really matters is friendship and believing in yourself.

The third in the series, but each story can be read as a standalone; these are a must-read for all primary school kids. Readers will be hooked from the beginning, as this heartfelt story is brimming with fun and energy. Dotted with playful, zingy cartoon-style illustrations that perfectly accompany the humorous antics, this would be a good choice for those who are starting to read chapter books. Wonderfully Irish, with a cúpla focail woven throughout the story, readers will enjoy the perfect blend of chaos and craic.

About the Author
Author Image - Leona Forde
Leona Forde is an English and History teacher from Bandon, County Cork. She wrote Milly McCarthy for her daughter, who wanted to read a Wimpy Kid style story but not one set in the US or UK. Leona is married with four children and is currently writing Milly’s next adventure.
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About the Illustrator
Illustrator Image - Karen Harte
Karen Harte is an illustrator, comic creator and visual designer from Dublin. Her illustrations focus on playful visual storytelling and are informed by finding joy in the everyday. Karen's creative work spans children's book illustration, editorial and commercial digital illustration, visual design, live graphic recording, portraits, murals and more.
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Book Cover – Milly McCarthy and the Sports Day Shambles
Publication Date
April 2024