Reviewer:

Keelin Murray

A Day Thats Ours - book cover

A Day That's Ours

“Shall we steal a day?” So begins this beautiful, warm ode to childhood and the emotions that come with children growing up. Our unnamed father and child steal a day away from the normal rush, spending time together making a messy breakfast, walking together in the park and catching falling leaves. Their quiet calm is contrasted against the busy, rushing people in cars and on bikes.

Book Cover - Beauty Sleep

Beauty Sleep

Laura can’t remember who she is. But the world knows her as a real-life sleeping beauty – frozen for more than forty years, awaiting a cure for a mystery illness. Suddenly transplanted to the future, how can she adapt to a world so very different to all that she remembers? Laura must build a new life while solving the mystery of what happened to her old one.

Book Cover - One Small Thing

One Small Thing

Beth is trapped in an unhappy home since her sister’s death. Her parents are over-protective and overbearing and Beth is ready to bust out. When she sneaks out to a party on the wrong side of the tracks, she meets a boy she feels a real connection to. However, Beth soon finds out that he played a role in her sister’s death – but is he fully to blame? Beth has to contend with her own grief, her feelings of inadequacy, tension with friends and parental surveillance, all while trying to work out her feelings for Chase.

Book Cover - The Red Ribbon

The Red Ribbon

Fourteen-year-old Ella is a talented seamstress, and her skills are very important in this new world she finds herself in. She has been brought to Birchwood, and will make dresses and clothes for the glamorous ladies who frequent the studio. However, this is no ordinary sewing studio. It is in Auschwitz-Birkenau, and Ella and her fellow prisoners are making clothes for their captors, and the wives of the commanders of the camp.

Book Cover - Spellbook of the Lost and Found

Spellbook of the Lost and Found

One stormy Irish summer night, Olive and her best friend Rose begin to lose things. At first, they lose small things like hair clips and a charm bracelet, but soon it’s clear that Rose has lost something bigger – something she won’t talk about, and Olive is worried she might lose her best friend.

Book Cover - Noah Can’t Even

Noah Can’t Even

Noah Grimes is an exceedingly awkward almost-16-year-old who wants more than anything else to just be normal. Problem is, his mum’s Beyonce tribute act doesn’t help matters in school. His dad disappeared years ago, his beloved gran isn’t herself any more, and school is pure hell. He only has one friend, Harry, who has been with him through thick and thin. Why can’t he just be normal, like everyone else in school? Maybe if he struck up a relationship with lovely, kind, pretty Sophie, he’d be seen in a different light? But Noah’s plans for romance are derailed when Harry kisses him at a party.

Book Cover - The Pavee and the Buffer Girl

The Pavee and the Buffer Girl

The Pavee and the Buffer girl is the beautiful, bittersweet story of Jim, a Traveller boy, and his friend Kit, a settled girl. They meet in school when Jim and his family move to the coastal town of Dundray. Despite their differences, they are drawn together, as they are both outsiders in the world of the school, both with difficulties in their lives.

Book Cover - Heartless

Heartless

‘Long before she was the terror of Wonderland – the infamous Queen of Hearts – she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.’ So goes the tagline of Heartless, an Alice in Wonderland origin story based in the Kingdom of Hearts. Catherine is a young woman who dreams of opening a bakery with her servant (and dear friend) Mary Ann and being named Official Tart Baker for the kingdom.

Book Cover - Winter Magic

Winter Magic

This collection of short stories by eleven acclaimed children’s writers is a beautiful physical object. Reminiscent of classic book covers, it would make an excellent gift for any young reader. Even the end pages, featuring the authors’ signatures amid snowflakes, is a clever touch, and makes the collection seem more personal.

Book Cover - The Movie Version

The Movie Version

Sixteen-year-old Amelia Anderson’s brother Toby is larger than life – they have always been close – and Amelia has always been quite happy to play the sidekick to her popular brother. That is until a devastating illness takes Toby out of the picture. Amelia is left without the guidance of Toby, and has to finally step up as a character in her own life.