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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…

ABC & Do

ABC & DO is a book that follows the premise of its title – An alphabet book with things ‘to be done’. We follow a sweet little character, Mouse, through the interactive pages of a fun, colourful and very cleverly thought out ABC. ABC & DO offers a very interesting take on the alphabet book, from its…

Agatha Parrot and the Mushroom Boy

Agatha Parrot is just trying to watch her favourite TV show, ‘SING, WIGGLE and SHINE’ (the worst talent show ever), when her absolutely evil brother James swipes the remote so he can watch football instead. Of course, there’s a row and the remote goes missing and no one can watch anything. But after a giant…

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…

August ‘44

Like Carlo Gébler’s previous children’s book, Caught on a Train, this is an exploration of the human impetus to tell stories. Here, the framing story is much stronger than in the earlier book and the relationship between inner and outer stories more developed. The framing story concerns an 11-year-old Jewish child and his extended family,…

Between Tick and Tock

Between Tick and Tock is a charming tale about a little girl called Liesel and the bustling city that she lives above. Ashling Lindsay illustrates Liesel and her home in the clock tower in warm peachy colours that stand in stark contrast to the greyness of what lies outside her window. Liesel peeks out at…

Candor

Oscar Banks is the model Candor citizen. So he should be, as the son of the town’s creator. But he knows the secret behind the perfect world of Candor. Messages are broadcast continually throughout the town under the guise of calming music. They are brainwashing messages so that everyone conforms to the Candor way of…

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…

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…

Fat Boy Swim

On the surface of it this looked like a good book. Jimmy, the central figure, is a very overweight young man who has to deal with his size and all the attendant problems that this brings to his life. The book is cleverly conceived – chapters are grouped into what looks like a menu: starters,…

Forgotten

London Lane is 16 years old, and to everyone except her mother and her best friend, she seems like a normal teenage girl. The truth is that at 4.33 a.m. every day, her mind resets, and her short-term memories are replaced with parts of the future that she ‘remembers’. Every evening she writes notes for…

Gone

Imagine a world where there is no one above the age of 15, there’s no adults, teachers, police, or doctors to provide any guidance in our society; they’re just gone.. Imagine a world where good and evil meets, where you have to decide which side you are on, knowing you are going to end up…

In the Mouth of the Wolf

Morpurgo’s latest novel begins with two brothers, Francis and Pieter, each as different from the other as one can imagine. On the evening of his ninetieth birthday, Francis looks back on his experiences in the Second World War and the events and people that would shape both of their lives forever. This takes him from…

It’s a Dog’s Life

This story is one day in the life of a sheepdog, from the dog’s viewpoint. Russ is very much a working dog, living on a small farm with sheep and cows. A traditional stone farmhouse – it could be Mayo or it could be Cornwall – with green fields and stone walls. Russ is one…

Light (Gone)

The domed wall of the barrier is clear, and the children of the FAYZ stare out at the parents from whom they have been separated for so long… Light is the sixth and final installment in Michael Grant’s renownedGone series which follow a group of young people trapped within a strange domed area known as the FAYZ,…

Moon Man

Moon Man is the second title written by David Donohue about the remarkably gifted Walter Speazlebud. Alikeable and engaging hero, Walter possesses the gift of Noitanigami (‘imagination’ spelt backwards). In layman’s terms he has the power to send people and things backwards in time. In this latest installment Walter travels back in time to 1969…

Mostly Mary (A Mary Plain Adventure)

Mary Plain is an orphan bear living with her relatives at Berne Zoo in Switzerland. Her delightful adventures were first published in 1930 by Welsh author Gwynedd Rae, and the books were much loved by the family of author-illustrator Shirley Hughes, whose daughter Clara has illustrated this charming book. The childlike Mary Plain is a…

Mr Gum and the Cherry Tree

Another Mr Gum. Hurrah! These books are some of the funniest and most exciting children’s books around: packed full of one liners, off the wall gags and utterly hilarious shenanigans. This is offset beautifully by David Tazzyman’s monochrome line drawings. Enter Polly ‘brave and true like a how-doyou- do who had everything she needed in…

Mrs Vickers’ Knickers

Mrs Vickers’ Knickers  is the début picturebook of Kara Lebihan. When the favourite knickers of Mrs Vickers get blown off her washing line and into the air, she thinks that’s the last she’ll see of them. But that is just the beginning of the adventure. Mrs Vickers’ knickers fly through a host of locations, attracting…

No Longer Alone

This sensitive picturebook by poet Joseph Coelho and illustrator Robyn Wilson-Owen will be helpful for anyone supporting a child through loss of a parent through separation or bereavement. Using the voice of the child at the centre of the narrative, the text is elliptical and imaginative, and leaves enough ‘space’ for the listening or reading…

Pa Jinglebob and the Grabble Gang

A knitting sheriff (Pa Jinglebob) is the main character in this Wild West caper. Helped by his ever- sensible daughter Jemima they struggle to outwit the evil Grabble Gang and their plans to demolish the town. The story zips along as we learn how nasty Osbert J. Grabble has tricked the naïve townsfolk into trading…

Pig’s Digger

Pig receives an unexpected birthday present from his Granny – a digger! She sends a note saying that for reasons she will not go into, she no longer needs it and has sent it to Pig, as digging runs in the family. It’s just what he has always wanted and he begins to help all…

Return to the Hundred Acre Wood

This charming piece of nostalgia consists of an interconnected set of ten chapters, each with an individual adventure featuring the familiar cast of characters from A.A. Milne’s well-loved classics. The action is occasioned by a slightly older Christopher Robin’s return from boarding school to his beloved friends in the Hundred Acre Wood. There is one…

Sam Wu is NOT Afraid of Ghosts

After the Incident That Must Never Be Mentioned Again, Sam Wu has to prove to the school bully that he is not a scaredy cat. No easy task when he is indeed even scared of his own cat Butterbutt. With a gift for talking big and acting small, Sam finds himself the reluctant owner of…

School for Dads

Is your dad not performing his daddy duties as well as he should? Is he always late or forgetting things? Then you are not alone. Anna and her friends are having exactly the same problem and they have a plan. Filled with life, movement and colour by Ana Grey’s illustrations, School for Dads tells the…

Spaghetti with the Yeti

The first in a new series, this is a wonderful story to read aloud to young children. They will love the fast rhythmic flow of the words. Bold type is used to emphasise the punch words that give life to the story. A good level of reading is necessary for a young reader to read…

Stripy Horse: Time for Bed

Stripy Horse: Time for Bed Stripy Horse: Just for You! Stripy Horse: Touch and Feel Animal Friends   Three new board books have been added to the Stripy Horse library. Square and sturdy, as board books should be, these are gentle books for babies and toddlers. The best of them is certainlyTime for Bed, which…

Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt

Narwhal has decided to become a super hero. He has his super outfit and secret identity, but Narwhal has yet to discover his unique superpower. Join him and his best friend Jelly as they navigate their way to becoming the best super heroes and super friends they can be! Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt is…

The Beast and the Bethany

Ebenezer Tweezer will do anything to prolong his already extended life by providing difficult-to-get meals for the horrible creature that is living in his attic. In exchange, the Beast vomits up things such as a baby grand piano and a magical elixir. But the Beast is bored with his menu and wants something more interesting…

The Beasties

Daisy has just moved to a new home and is having trouble sleeping at night. Thankfully, she is visited by the Beasties each night who tell her a story to send her to the Land of Nod. Millward’s use of perspective is clever and the reader’s initial introduction to the Beasties presents scary monsters, thanks…

The Big Adventure of the Smalls

It is the night of the Grand Ball at Small Hall. However, Sally and Paul Small are told they are too little to attend and therefore must remain in their rooms while everybody else is having fun. The Big Adventure of The Smalls offers the reader a different take on the common practice of little children resisting…

The Bull Raid

This is a courageous and ambitious retelling of the story of the Táin. It is courageous because it engages with the sexual earthiness, the graphic brutality and the heroic sense of tragic fate of the early versions. So Queen Maeve’s famous great bladder, and her use of sex to get her own way or simply…

The Gauntlet (Marvel Iron Man)

In which Iron Man comes to Ireland! Eoin Colfer brings billionaire bigmouth/Marvel comics staple Tony Stark to these shores to attend an international eco-summit, but of course his many nemeses have other plans for him. Old enemy The Mandarin (who will be familiar to fans of the comics and movies) is lying in wait, but…

The Magnificent Moonhare

P.J. (Petunia Joy) Petulant lives in the kingdom of Outlandish. She is a princess who likes to get her own way. When she doesn’t, her long-suffering parents, King Winston and Queen Elsie, are faced with a crying, screaming, kicking, breath-holding little girl until they give in. This is how a rather large dragon who enjoys…

The Mystery of the Clockwork Sparrow

Here is something new and refreshing for 10+ girl readers: an atmospheric, mystery/detective novel with a credible, feisty grown-up heroine, set in 1900s London.    The backdrop is mostly Sinclair’s, a vast new Edwardian department store with uniformed doormen and porters. As well as the predictable Ladies’ Fashions and Gentlemen’s Outfitters, there’s an Exhibition Hall,…

The Secret Kingdom

Timoken comes from Africa, and is protected by a magical moon cloak and an elixir that keeps him young. He can also talk to animals, make rain and can fly on his camel Gabar. This fast-moving story has twists and turns that change by the second. Thankfully, the first chapter begins slowly, so the reader…

The Shadowing: Hunted

As someone who wouldn’t rate horror stories as my number one style of writing to read before I switch off the light at night, ‘Hunted’ was an exception I could not put down. I was intrigued by Callum, the story’s main character from the beginning. He’s the type of boy who’s very easy to relate…

The Simple Gift

Written in the currently popular form of the verse novel, The Simple Gift interweaves the destinies of 16- year-old Billy Luckett, 17-year-old Caitlin Holmes and an elderly man known simply as ‘Old Bill’. Running away from his ‘drunken, dangerous angry father’, Billy finds temporary accommodation in a disused railway carriage: here, he is befriended by…

The Time Twister

This is the second book in the ‘Children of the Red King’ series and follows Midnight for Charlie Bone. In that first book, the eponymous Charlie Bone discovers that he is a descendant of a mysterious Red King. Many of the Red King’s descendants are ‘endowed’ with a magical talent, and some are good, others…

To Night Owl from Dogfish

Imagine a scenario where your dad falls in love with another man and you don’t want that to happen. How about if the daughter of the other man felt exactly the same? Could you both plan to break up their relationship? This is the predicament facing the very efficient and super intelligent Avery and the…

Trouble in Bugville

Welcome to the world of bugs, yes those little creatures that live in the cracks in the wall and under every rock! But these are no ordinary bugs. Take a microscope and come on a journey into their world. Bugville as the author describes it is one super cool city.  It has everything that a…

Troubletwisters

The key to creating anything really good is to use the best ingredients; fantasy novels are no exception. By this token, Trouble Twisters is in luck because ingredients don’t get much better than the powerhouse combination of Garth Nix (The Sabriel Trilogy) and Sean Williams (Star Wars;New Jedi Order;Force Heretic Trilogy).  These two experts in…

Unearthly

Cynthia Hand’s debut novel Unearthly will appeal to readers who enjoy a touch of romance combined with more than a hint of the paranormal. The story takes place in the United States and the protagonists are stereotypical American teenagers, albeit some possess angelic powers. The degree of power possessed by the angel characters depends on…

We Can Be Heroes

Catherine Bruton’s debut novel We Can Be Heroes tells the story of the summer Ben stays with his grandparents because his mum is sick. Ben’s dad was killed in the September 11 attacks in New York and, although unacknowledged, the effects of this still ripple through the family. This summer he meets the obnoxious but…

Welcome to Bugville

Paul Howard is best known as the illustrator of books such as The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark by Jill Tomlinson. Welcome to Bugville is his first venture into writing, and he plunges straight in. It's only chapter one, and Superfly and Midge, the swat team of Bugville, are already tackling a giant, gas-filled caterpillar. Of course,…

Where is the Elephant?

Where’s the elephant? Where is the parrot? Where is the snake? We travel to a beautifully painted island. Our three friends hide between the trees that cover the whole of the spread and we have to find them. Game on! Next spread: Elephant! Parrot!… Snake! Next Spread: Elephant! Parrot!… Snake! But wait, the bottom left…

Who Could it be at this Hour? (All the Wrong Questions)

Who Could That Be At This Hour? is the first offering in the new Snicket series All The Wrong Questions. It brings readers back to a time when Lemony himself is only in his early teens, just beginning his apprenticeship. He and his chaperone S. Theodora Markson (What does the S. stand for? is definitely one of…

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