Reviewer:

Deirdre Nally

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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.

Book Cover - Things I Know

Things I Know

Leaving Cert student Saoirse is trying to cope with the recent death of her mother, and with being transplanted by her father from Limerick City to a small village in County Clare. Her struggles to fit in take a nosedive when her ex-boyfriend Finn commits suicide, and everyone in her life seems to be blaming her.

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Monster Doughnuts: Cyclops on a Mission

Fresh from his success of saving the prime minister from a fate worse than death, Cyclops Mr Harris is about to join the secret service. His first tasks are to track down the elusive Bottom Biter (who has, to put it bluntly, bitten a significant number of people on the bottom) and to solve the mysterious disappearance of the head celebrity judge from Britain’s Got Talent. Naturally, ten-year-old monster hunter Grace comes along to assist him in his missions and to make sure he doesn’t eat everything (and everybody) in his wake.

Book Cover - The Haunting of Lindy Pennyworth

The Haunting of Lindy Pennyworth

Seventeen-year-old Lindy is racked with grief and guilt when her dad dies in a car accident following a tragic family row. However, her desperate attempts to make contact with him soon disturb other ghosts and spirits with agendas of their own. Lindy quickly finds herself dealing with long-buried mysteries and ancient curses, while also trying to convince family, friends and psychologists that she hasn’t lost her mind.

Book Cover - Shiny Pippin and the Broken Forest

Shiny Pippin and the Broken Forest

It hasn’t rained for a year in Funsprings. The rivers and streams and lakes have dried up. The animals are vanishing. The Forest is broken. Pippin must fix this aberration of nature and bring the water back to Funsprings. But Pippin is just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life – a girl who loves her mum and her dad and her granny and her pet mouse Tony. But Granny lets her into a secret.

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Emily Lime – Librarian Detective: The Book Case

Daphne Blakeway is accosted at the train station on her first day at ‘St Rita’s School for Spirited Girls’ and asked to return a book to the school library. Following a bank robbery in town and a break in at the school, Daphne realises this book is hot property and someone will stop at nothing to get their hands on it. With the help of schoolgirl librarian Emily Lime and scruffy George (St Rita’s sole male pupil) Daphne sets about tracking down the culprit.

Book Cover - The House on the Edge

The House on the Edge

Faith’s dad has gone missing, her mum is refusing to get out of bed, and her younger brother has started talking to a sea ghost in the cellar. Their house is balanced precariously on the edge of a crumbling cliff, with the crack in the ground growing bigger every day. Can things get any more complicated? Yes, of course they can.

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The Dollmaker of Kraków

When the Land of the Dolls is invaded by a horde of cruel, hungry rats, Karolina is taken captive and flees into the deep, dark woods. From there she is called by the wind to Kraków to live with a lonely dollmaker whose magic powers bring Karolina to life – a secret they share with no one but their best friends, Jewish musician Jozef and his daughter Rena. Then the Nazis arrive in Poland, occupying Krakow and beginning their dispossession of the Jews. Karolina and the dollmaker discover they must use all the magic they can command to save Jozef and Rena from a terrible fate.

Book Cover - The Clubhouse Mystery

The Clubhouse Mystery

‘Do you want to know a secret? Well, I can’t tell you.’ So begins The Clubhouse Mystery, a lively and funny book centred around Cass and her friends Lex and Nicholas. Together they comprise the Bubble Street Gang, a secret society named after the road on which they live (which is actually called Berbel Street, but who wants to be a member of the Berbel Street Gang?).

Book Cover - The Clubhouse Mystery

The Clubhouse Mystery

Do you want to know a secret? Well, I can’t tell you.

So begins The Clubhouse Mystery, a lively and funny book centred around Cass and her friends Lex and Nicholas. Together they comprise the Bubble Street Gang, a secret society named after the road on which they live (which is actually called Berbel Street, but who wants to me a member of the Berbel Street Gang?).