Theme:

Mystery

Book Cover – Not Like Other Girls

Not Like Other Girls

After nude pictures of her were blasted across the internet, Jo-Lynn Kirby has become a social pariah. Dealing with the fallout of this, Jo’s troubles only double when her former best friend Maddie goes missing and is written off as a runaway. To get to the bottom of Maddie’s mystery disappearance, Jo must reinfiltrate the world that has cast her out. However, as she starts digging into the truth, she’s forced to recount the most vulnerable parts of her past that she has tried so hard to forget.

Book Cover - The Second Hand Boy

The Second Hand Boy

Billy’s anxiety starts to get the better of him when his only pal Marty moves away. Not even his favourite subject, Space, makes him feel better. It is hard enough having to take care of his mum, a ‘sensitive soul’ who often cannot get out of bed, but the loneliness he feels with the stress of regularly being bullied takes its toll.

Book Cover – Otherworldly

Otherworldly

Ellery is a cynic in a society that worships deities adjacent to the ancient Greek Olympians. Forced to leave home due to an endless winter which has destroyed their family’s rural livelihood, Ellery has had enough of superstition and fairytales. That is, until they meet Knox, who introduces Ellery to a world of magic and adventure.

Inis magazine - issue 71

Inis magazine: issue 71, April 2024

Inis is the magazine of Children's Books Ireland. Within these pages you will find features and articles on Irish and international children's books as well as in-depth reviews of new titles for children and teenagers. With its range of expert contributors, this is a key resource for teachers, writers, illustrators, librarians, parents/guardians and everyone interested in children's books.

Book Cover – The Midnight Clock

The Midnight Clock

A compelling genre-bending read, incorporating a whodunnit, romantic entanglements, family upheavals, abusive relationships, friendship, mental health, and social progress. These themes are explored through a time-slip narrative, a plot device that allows the present to be commented on by the past.

Cover of Bookworm Beginners reading list, published February 2024

Bookworm Beginners

A celebration of the enrichment books can bring to our lives, this list is recommended reading for dedicated bookworms and bibliophiles, lovers of wordplay and puns, those who dream of one day creating their own stories and even those who need a bit more convincing of the magic of the written word.

We hope that among these stories, you find the book that makes you a reader.

Book Cover - Shadowhall Academy - The Whispering Walls

Shadowhall Academy: The Whispering Walls

Set in the cold dark English countryside, Phil Hickes contribution to the boarding school genre brings a spooky twist and puzzling mystery for readers who like ghostly hauntings.

Issue 70 of Inis Magazine, cover by Mary Murphy

Inis magazine: issue 70, January 2024

Inis is the magazine of Children's Books Ireland. Within these pages you will find features and articles on Irish and international children's books as well as in-depth reviews of new titles for children and teenagers. With its range of expert contributors, this is a key resource for teachers, writers, illustrators, librarians, parents/guardians and everyone interested in children's books.

Book Cover - Catch Your Death

Catch Your Death

The setting for this twisty whodunnit is classic Agatha Christie; a locked room, murder in a mega mansion somewhere in England and home to the chilliest of rich families, the Vanfortes. We even have a blizzard, so no one can leave for the night in question. It’s rather as if the boardgame Cluedo came to life, all secret passageways and vanishing murder weapons.

Book Cover - The Ice Children

The Ice Children

If there is one book you read this year let it be this one! Ice Children centres around brave 11-year-old Bianca’s quest to solve the mystery of her town’s frozen children, which includes Finn, her 5-year-old brother. Bianca’s rescue effort catapults us into the winter wonderland of Winterton which is full of winter spirit animals, funfair rides, skating rinks and hot chocolate fountains.