Reviewer:

Katie Sullivan Smyth

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The Philosophy Resistance Squad

Milo Moloney is accepted into the most highly ranked and the wealthiest school in all of Ireland: The Secondary Training Institute for Lifelong Employment. Entering into First Year, he is determined to excel and arrives at orientation ready for the challenge that the prestigious school will give him. However, the academic challenge that Milo is faced with is not what he expects.

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Strange But True: 10 Of The World’s Greatest Mysteries Explained

This beautiful book is fun, captivating and, in my opinion, one to be shared! An accessible read which lends itself to being either consumed cover to cover in one sitting or used with a ‘dip in and out’ approach. Hulick’s writing invites readers to participate in the story being told by asking questions that can encourage group discussions. Otherwise, the reader needs to channel their inner Sherlock-Holmes and join the dots.

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The Quantum Weirdness of the Almost-Kiss

Parks’s latest title is a romantic comedy that delves into the complexities of human emotions and the feat that navigating through life can be. If family, friends and school life is not enough, there is always the etiquette of the dating world to consider. From first kisses, to new crushes, and childhood sweethearts, this novel exposes the complications that can arise with matters of the heart.

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When We Got Lost in Dreamland

Dreamland is not a fun place to go, as it happens. Nonetheless, Welford’s writing offers oodles of fun. This is an adventurous story that plays with the idea of the subconscious mind, and all its potential. Narrated by Malky, readers are brought along on a series of unusual events. Both real and imaginary, and imaginary and real at the same time… (wires get crossed, things gets confusing).

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The Boy I Am

This book offers readers a new and gripping dystopian thriller in YA fiction. It is a thought-provoking novel that tackles the subject of traditional gender roles and explores the theme of societal power dynamics. Quite pointedly, society is split between men and women whereby the men are either auctioned to the ‘female elite’ or live a life buried underground in the mines.

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Blackout

This book was written as a collaboration between six powerful and important voices in YA fiction, offering an authentic and relatable romance told through a series of interconnected short stories. Set in New York City, each narrative provides a glimpse into the lives of thirteen individual teenagers. ‘The Long Walk’ sets readers off on the first escapade, with every word a step towards the next block, the next story.

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When the Sky Falls

This is a must-read-in-one-sitting title, inspired by a true story. Young Joseph experiences the trials and tribulations of life during World War II. Left without either parent, he is sent to live with his grandmother. Joseph’s feelings of abandonment and disdain for the war that caused everything create a deep- seated resentment within him. Incapable of taming his rage, he pushes everyone around him as far away as possible, refusing to behave. Unable to break his walls down and overcome his unfailing resolve for conflict and trouble, Joseph’s gran sends him away, again.

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Rule of Threes

From the outset, this family drama addresses hard-hitting topics in a heart- wrenching and darkly funny way. Readers are invited into the life of bold and self- aware protagonist Maggie Owens as she contends with the harsh realities of addiction, Alzheimer’s disease, parental divorce and fraught friendships.

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We Go On Forever

Sarah Govett’s cleverly written and very subtle word play immediately invites readers into the dystopian world of protagonists Alba and Arthur, and a story told through alternating chapters. Alba is characterised by her wide-eyed curiosity and her hunger for information. Arthur is desperate for authentic human connection. Together the pair are on an existential journey, challenged by the question: what makes you who you are?

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Saint Ivy: Kind at all Costs

Ivy Campbell prides herself on being kind. Her life focus is caring for others, but her resolve to make everyone feel better comes at a cost. This novel explores the concept of kindness, prompting readers to question what it truly means. Through Ivy’s experiences it becomes apparent that, while being nice is admirable, it is not without its complications.