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Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians

Imagine that all knowledge we have access to is controlled to such an extent that it has prevented us from finding out facts such as the Pacific Ocean contains another continent and that dinosaurs never became extinct. Pulling off this elaborate deception would require a well coordinated network of information professionals dedicating their time to…

All the Ways the World Can End

Lenny (short for Eleanor) is a bright, articulate teenager who along with facing the daily obstacles that all adolescents tackle such as fitting in and preparing for life after school, must also deal emotionally and practically with the day-to-day care of her ill father. One of the coping mechanisms she has developed is to list…

Attack of the Cupids: Muddle and Win

The struggle between good and evil, right and wrong is best symbolized and expressed in the actions of individuals. In the world created by John Dickinson these actions are not merely personal but influenced by the presence of beings each representing good or evil trapped within our minds. For Sally Jones, her moral compass is…

Born Scared

It’s Christmas Eve and teenager Elliot isn’t just scared, he’s terrified. This isn’t the type of fear you have when you realise you’ve forgotten to buy your mam a Christmas present. This is the ‘fear of fear itself’. A gnawing, unrelenting monster or, as described by Elliot, ‘a howling demon whirling around’ inside. The only…

Breaking

Charlotte is a student at a prestigious boarding school who has recently lost her two best friends in tragic circumstances. Pushed hard by her driven mother to succeed and excel, Charlotte feels ordinary and very much the outsider in comparison to the academic and sporting elite she is forced to compete against each day. When…

Don’t Wipe Your Bum With a Hedgehog

“If you and your friend are being chased by a mad dog, don’t worry about out-running the mad dog, just worry about our-running your friend.” Mitchell Symons, the author of a number of fact-loaded volumes, this time turns his hand to offering advice. These little nuggets of guidance cover all aspects of life and are…

Eleven Eleven

At around 5 am on the eleventh of November 1918 it was decided to call an end to what would become known as World War I. This news should have brought instant relief if not joy to those still fighting at the front. However, the vagaries of war meant that hostilities would not officially cease…

Friday Brown

Teenager Friday has been raised on the dusty roads of the vast Australian countryside. Home has not been a place but the comfort and love she finds in the stories and tales of her free spirited mother. With the loss of her mother to cancer, Friday loses more than her parent and best friend –…

Go, Johnny, Go!

Johnny Sexton is one of Ireland’s most talented and beloved rugby players. Paul O’Flynn, who is best known as an RTÉ journalist brings the story of this hero to the page, so young readers can relive the excitement of a career that has achieved almost every major honour in the game. Like all great sports…

Internment

As we know in Ireland, internment without trial is a crude and cruel approach that humiliates and dehumanizes its victims and opens wounds in society that can take years to heal. When this happens to Muslims in a near-future America, teenager Layla and her family are forced to choose between acquiescence and short-term safety, or…

Lark

Those who have enjoyed the first three books of this series will be saddened by the fact that this appears to be the last. Just like the lark of the title, Anthony McGowan has created in Nicky and Kenny characters that are as captivating and vulnerable as they are rare. Narrator Nicky has a kind,…

Moonrise

In Staten Island, Joe is a champion athlete, but when word arrives from Texas that a date has been set for the execution of his older brother Ed, the last thing he is going to do is run. Instead, he resolves to face this immense tragedy head-on and travels to a forlorn prison town to…

Ophelia and the Marvellous Boy

When her father takes up a new position in a strange city, Ophelia must amuse herself by exploring the vast, mysterious museum where he has been charged with overseeing the greatest ever exhibition of swords. Being on her own allows Ophelia time to remember her mother who has recently passed away. Although Ophelia can sense…

Rugby Warrior

Another summer has come to an end and schoolboy rugby hero Eoin Madden is excited to be back boarding in Castlerock College.The previous year saw Eoin kick the winning points as Castlerock captured the prestigious Father Geoghegan Cup. This season has the potential to be even more special for Eoin as he has been rewarded…

The Battle for WondLa

The future holds a mysterious world, and Tony DiTerlizzi wields the full extent of his imagination to bring us on a spell-bounding adventure. What we knew as Earth is now Orbona, and it is no longer ruled by the humans who are fighting for a place in this new world filled with alien immigrants.  Eva Nine, the…

The Drowned Cities

In a dystopian future where gangs of child soldiers and genetically engineered killers hunt and kill for sport, how can a pair of teenage friends survive, let alone live a normal life? This dark, jungle-filled world is where apprentice doctor Mahlia under the guardianship of the kind Dr Mahfouz struggles against prejudice and the dangers…

The Greatest

Persuading many teenage boys to read can be a challenge. Convincing them to read fiction rather than a biography or book packed with facts is often a step too far. The Greatest should attract all lovers of biography and facts but in doing so it may go a long way to proving to these readers…

The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza

The final instalment in this series is a book which will stay with the reader for quite a while. Although it may be chock-a-block with slapstick and gross-out humour, at its heart, this is a very sad book. Forced to stay out of school to look after his baby brother, while his mother is treated…

The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza

The final instalment in this series is a book which will stay with the reader for quite a while. Although it may be chock-a-block with slapstick and gross-out humour, at its heart, this is a very sad book. Forced to stay out of school to look after his baby brother, while his mother is treated…

The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen

Fitting in at a new school and trying to make friends is always a challenge, especially for someone like Henry whose main interests include trivia and professional wrestling. However, fitting in is the least of his troubles, as he tries to hold his family together after a traumatic incident he initially only refers to as…

Too Many Ponies

The transition to secondary school is an exciting and momentous occasion. The potential to make so many new friends makes this a period in your life which you’ll always remember. However if your one passion in life doesn’t fit into what the kids in your school see as being cool, then this can be one…

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