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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 - 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 - 100 Tales from the Tokyo Ghost Cafe

100 Tales from the Tokyo Ghost Cafe

The second collaboration between writer Julian Sedgwick and manga artist Chie Kutsuwada will grow on you. The deeper you wade into this collection of tales of kami gods and yokai spirits, the more attached you will grow to its characters, its décors, its language.

Book Cover - Flip Flap Halloween

Flip Flap Halloween

If you’re looking for a Halloween-themed read that won’t terrify your toddler, then this is a great one to start with. This boardbook is brightly coloured, and the creepy characters revealed on each page are rather friendly compared to others.

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 - Monster Support Group: The Werewolf's Tale

Monster Support Group The Werewolf's Tale

Lowell and his family have moved to a new town and new school. Lowell is going through changes some people experience during adolescence; he is hairier and moody, but they are not the only changes he is experiencing ...

Book Cover - A Taste of Darkness

A Taste of Darkness

Fantasy and horror aficionados alike will thoroughly enjoy this creepy compilation of thirteen short stories, masterfully crafted by a selection of acclaimed authors of young adult fiction. From ancient woodlands housing monsters, to houses that are monstrous themselves, this anthology features a diverse selection of tales full of supernatural elements and suspenseful twists.

Book Cover - Island of Whispers

Island of Whispers

Milo finds himself in a very perilous situation when he suddenly inherits his father’s trade as the Ferryman of the island of Merlank, tasked with the heavy responsibility of transporting the souls of the dead to their final resting place on the Island of Broken Tower. Left to their own devices roaming the island, the restless ghosts would kill the inhabitants with a single stare.

Book Cover - Wise Creatures

Wise Creatures

Hauntings don’t begin with houses. They begin with people. Teenager Daisy lives with her aunt Susan and cousin Nina (who she loves like a sister). After a tragic and mysterious childhood, Daisy has spent much of her life building walls within herself to block out the creatures festering inside her, always threatening to overflow.