Milly McCarthy and the Irish Dancing Disaster
Milly McCarthy is going to be a World Champion Irish dancer, she’s sure of it; all she needs is to convince her parents, which is always a challenge, given the chaos created by her previous extracurricular. But when it turns out Milly is actually quite talented, her mother agrees and Milly’s ascent through the world of competitive Irish dance begins. Alas for Milly, her World Championship dream ends the way everything seems to for the girl whose number one skill is calamity: in disaster!
This book follows a young cailín as she attempts to find her ‘thing’ - an amusing take on a genuine struggle that may be familiar to much of the book’s intended audience. Ever-buoyant, Milly is undeterred by early difficulties, and she doesn't let her ultimate failure get in the way of her plans for the future, either. Her overconfidence may lead to heaps of hilarious trouble, but her positivity and determination are wonderfully modelled for young readers.
Unapologetically Irish, the story is dotted with a cúpla focail, making it not just a great choice for lovers of school-based mayhem, but also a rare chance for kids to read English and Irish alongside each other. Funny and full of heart, it is an excellent choice for anyone looking for a disastrously funny read.