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.

Book Cover: Solve Your Own Mystery: The Transylvanian Express

Solve Your Own Mystery: The Transylvanian Express

Have you ever fancied your chances of being able to crack an uncrackable mystery? Now is your chance!

Detective Klaus Solstaag, a yeti investigator, and his assistant leave the eccentric town of Haventry aboard the Transylvanian Express headed towards the castle of vampire Count Fledermaus on the invitation of a mysterious unnamed client seeking their services.

Book Cover - Read, Scream, Repeat

Read, Scream, Repeat

In her introduction Jennifer Killick promises jump-scares, suspense and pure horror and my goodness, does she deliver! A truly terrifying collection of brand-new short stories, the title absolutely does what it says on the tin. These are spooky tales that you'll want to read again and again, share around campfires, and bring out each Halloween. Reader beware! You’re in for a treat! If you dare turn the first page …

Book Cover - The Harp of Power

The Harp of Power

Is there any better book combination of Irish mythology, folklore, and magic? If you are a fan of both, then The Harp of Power is for you! This is a follow up to Dunne’s first book The Book of Secrets following Cat who loves magic and has The Sight.

Book Cover - Cloch na Gréine

Cloch na Gréine

Scéal bleachtaireachta é seo ina bhfuil an stair, an réalteolaíocht, an finscéalaíocht, pisreoga agus seanfhocail fite fuaite tríd. Tugann sé léargas dúinn freisin ar cheird an tuairisceora agus na modhanna éagsúla atá ann chun an t-eolas a lorg agus a scaipeadh.

Book Cover - Bad Magic - A Skulduggery Pleasant Graphic Novel

Bad Magic: A Skulduggery Pleasant Graphic Novel

In the tiny town of Termoncara people are dying. In fact, the town has enough unexplained murders to crown it the murder capital of Ireland. And although this fact seems to fly under the radar in the seemingly idyllic town, many townspeople are haunted by secrets and monsters. One of the tormented, teen Jamie, is visited by a monster after his friend, Ethan, dies following an exchange between the two. Jamie is accused of murder, taunted, and consequently kept out of school by his parents to protect him from the hate and intolerance being thrown at him.