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Alife Green and the Bee Bottle Gang by Joe O’ Brien

Alife Green and the Bee Bottle Gang

Location: Athy Library

Alfie is in big trouble! He stopped Whacker Walsh and his gang from trapping bees in the park and now they are out to get him. What can he do?

The wise old plant in the magical book comes up with a plan that sends Alfie back to Arcania in search of the Queen Bee in Honeycomb Mountain.

But first, he has to survive an attack from the blazing bushes of Firethorn Valley! Alfie needs back up – and he needs it now!


Beyond the Cherry Tree by Joe O’ Brien

Beyond the Cherry Tree

Location: Maynooth Library

Josh Bloom is on a field trip with his class to Cherry Tree Manor; while the house and gardens are beautiful, what really interests the class is the fact that Manor's owner, General Edgar Pennington, disappeared mysteriously exactly twelve years to the day before their visit to the Manor! To Josh, it seems like there's something spooky about the manor. None of the other kids feel it, but Josh seems more attuned to the house, which leads him to discover something in the General's library that sends him on an adventure of a lifetime. Josh thinks he is on a journey to find the missing General, but soon discovers that it's his own destiny that he is really searching for! There are links between him and the missing General that he never could have guessed! Josh quest takes him to the enchanting land of Habilon, full of danger, excitement and magic. Will he ever return from the land beyond the Cherry Tree?


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Location: Celbridge Library

Mr Willy Wonka, the most wondrous inventor in the world, opens his gates of his amazing chocolate factory to five lucky children. Gobstoppers, wriggle sweets and a river of melted chocolate delight await - Charlie needs just one Golden Ticket and these delicious treats could all be his.


Claw: The Giant Monkey (Beast Quest) by by Adam Blade

Claw: The Giant Monkey (Beast Quest)

Avantia is under threat from an evil wizard. To save the kingdom, Tom must defeat six terrifying Beasts and collect the pieces of magical golden armour. Join Tom as he journeys into the Dark Jungle to do battle with Claw the Giant Monkey...


The Demon Notebook by Erica McGann

The Demon Notebook

Location: Naas Library

School just got scary...Grace and her four best friends, Jenny, Rachel, Adie and Una, are failed witches - and they have a notebook full of useless spells to prove it. Until one night, they accidentally unlock a portal into another world - and the notebook assumes a demonic life of its own. The girls watch helplessly as one by one, their spells start to work, moving pitilessly towards the worst one of all...A possessed best friend, a terrifying local witch, a haunted cottage - do Grace and her friends have enough skill and courage to stem the powerful magic gushing from the Demon Well? And can they do it before something tragic happens...?


Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Location: Naas Library

Boggis, Bunce and Bean are the meanest three farmers you could meet. They are determined to get Mr Fox - but he has other plans!


The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

The Hobbit

Location: Celbridge Library

The Hobbit is the unforgettable story of Bilbo, a peace-loving hobbit, who embarks on a strange and magical adventure.  A timeless classic. Bilbo Baggins enjoys a quiet and contented life, with no desire to travel far from the comforts of home; then one day the wizard Gandalf and a band of dwarves arrive unexpectedly and enlist his services - as a burglar - on a dangerous expedition to raid the treasure-hoard of Smaug the dragon. Bilbo’s life is never to be the same again.


Jungle Tangle by Debbie Thomas

Jungle Tangle

Location: Kildare Library

Following a hair-raising adventure last summer, Abbie Hartley can't wait to join her friend Perdita on the trip of a lifetime. Their destination? The Amazon jungle. Their mission? To find the lost wife of their friend Fernando. There's only one problem. Fernando and his wife are shrunken heads ...and the Amazon jungle is huge. Oh, and another one. Squashy Grandma insists on coming, with her shopping bag on wheels and her pet wig. Oh, and just one more. Abbie's arch-enemy Dr Hubris Klench, burger-on-legs and villain extraordinaire, is lurking in the undergrowth with some very wicked tricks up his very wide sleeve.


Mr. Stink by David Walliams

Mr. Stink

Location: Celbridge Library

The second original, touching, twisted, and most of all hilarious novel for children by David Walliams -- beautifully illustrated by Quentin Blake. "Mr Stink stank. He also stunk. And if it was correct English to say he stinked, then he stinked as well!" It all starts when Chloe makes friends with Mr Stink, the local tramp. Yes, he smells a bit. But when it looks like he might be driven out of town, Chloe decides to hide him in the garden shed. Now Chloe's got to make sure no one finds out her secret. And speaking of secrets, there just might be more to Mr Stink than meets the eye! Or the nose.


Nanook: The Snow Monster (Beast Quest) by Adam Blade

Nanook: The Snow Monster (Beast Quest)

Location: Kildare Library

The magical beasts of Avantia are under the power of an evil wizard. Tom journeys to the wilds of the frozen north, searching for Nanook the snow monster. Can he survive the ice and snow, and set the beast free?


Sparrow: The Story of Joan of Arc by Michael Morpurgo

Sparrow:The Story of Joan of Arc by Michael Morpurgo

Eloise has always loved Joan of Arc. Noble, honest and brave, she was everything Eloise wishes to be. And on a bright sunny day in Orleans, Eloise has a very special daydream! A superb re-imagining of Joan of Arc by master storyteller and author of War Horse. "There was only one creature on this earth who really knew Joan. He was a sparrow, just an ordinary sparrow!He was her best friend on this earth, maybe her only friend, too." A young girl faces an impossible task -- to save her beloved France from tyrants. To free her country, Joan will lose everyone she has ever loved. But she listens to her heart and believes in her calling. Through patience, perseverance and unbreakable spirit, Joan of Arc leads armies to victory and finds the strength to face the cruellest of destinies.


The Victory Dogs by Megan Rix

The Victory Dogs is the incredible story of two puppies who become heroes of the blitz. A heartwarming story for 9+ readers who are fans of Michael Morpurgo's War Horse and Lauren St John. Bark and Howl are two puppies, born on the London underground Sheba is an elderly one-eared cat When the Blitz begins, how will they survive? It's the start of the Second World War and Bark and Howl are lost in the dark maze of tunnels under London. With Sheba's help, they learn how to survive. But when the bombs begin to fall, the puppies become separated. As the attacks continue, Bark and Howl are frightened, but they know the tunnels so well - they're the only ones who can lead hundreds of trapped people out of danger. Will Bark and Howl find each other - and be victorious in leading Londoners to safety? About the author: Megan Rix lives in England with her husband, and their adorable dogs, Traffy and Bella. Also available by Megan Rix: The Great Escape.


Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl

Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl

Charlie Bucket has won Willy Wonka's chocolate factory and is on his way to take possession of it - in none other than a great glass elevator! But when the elevator makes a fearful whooshing noise, Charlie and his family find themselves in splendid orbit around the Earth. A daring adventure has begun, with the one and only Mr Willy Wonka leading the way.


The Cay by Theodore Taylor

The Cay by Theodore Taylor

This is a tense and compulsive survival story of a young boy and an old man adrift on the ocean, then marooned on a tiny, deserted island. It is also a fascinating study of the relationship between Phillip, white, American, and influenced by his mother's prejudices, and the black man upon whom Phillip's life depends.


Zom-B by Darren Sahn

Zom-B by Darren Shan

Zom-B is a radical new series about a zombie apocalypse, told in the first person by one of its victims. The series combines classic Shan action with a fiendishly twisting plot and hard-hitting and thought-provoking moral questions dealing with racism, abuse of power and more. As Darren says, "It's a big, sprawling, vicious tale...a grisly piece of escapism, and a barbed look at the world in which we live. Each book in the series is short, fast-paced and bloody. A high body-count is guaranteed!"


Curse o Kings (The Trial of Oland Born 1) by Alex Barclay

Curse o Kings (The Trial of Oland Born 1) by Alex Barclay

Fourteen-year-old Oland Born lives in dark and desperate times, in a world ruled by evil tyrant, Vilius Ren. Vilius and his fearful, bloodthirsty army have wrecked the prosperous kingdom of Tyrian, once ruled by good King Micah. Oland himself has been kept as Vilius's servant in grim Castle Derrington, and he knows little about his past - or why Vilius keeps such a sharp, close eye on him. When a message is delivered to Oland from the long-dead king, the truth begins to unravel...Could Oland be the hero that the kingdom is waiting for? And so begins the very greatest test of bravery and cunning a boy has ever faced... The setting is a hugely atmospheric fantasy world of medieval castles, Romanesque games arenas, supernatural forests and desert pits, and harsh seas. Terrifying hybrid creatures and monsters abound - and Oland's greatest ally is a girl called Delphi who has dark secrets of her own.


Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian by Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson and the Last Olympian is the fifth awesome adventure in Rick Riordan's top-ten bestselling series. Now with a thrilling new cover look. Half Boy. Half God. All Hero. Most people get presents on their sixteenth birthday. I get a prophecy that could save or destroy the world. It happens when you're the son of Poseidon, God of the Sea. According to an ancient prophecy, I turn sixteen and the fate of the entire world is on me. But no pressure. Now Kronos, Lord of the Titans, is beginning his attack on New York City. And the dreaded monster Typhon is also heading our way. So it's me and forty of my demi-god friends versus untold evil...Rick Riordan is the Mythmaster. The Greek Gods are alive and kicking - and see for yourself. "Riordan takes the reader back to the stories we love; then shakes the cobwebs out of them". (Eoin Colfer). "Witty and inspired. Gripping, touching and deliciously satirical". (The Times). "Puns, jokes and subtle wit, alongside a gripping storyline". (Telegraph). "Perfectly paced, with electrifying moments chasing each other like heartbeats". (New York Times). "It's Buffy meets Artemis Fowl. Thumbs up". (Sunday Times). "Funny ...very exciting ...but it's the storytelling that will get readers hooked.


Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian

Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian

Young Willie Beech is evacuated to the country as Britain stands on the brink of the Second World War. A sad, deprived child, he slowly begins to flourish under the care of old Tom Oakley - but his new-found happiness is shattered by a summons from his mother back in London...This title is the winner of the Guardian Children's Fiction Award.


Rat Runners by Oisin McGann

Rat Runners by Oisin McGann

Four young criminals. One simple task: steal a mysterious box from the daughter of a dead scientist. They have to follow her, bug her phone, hack her computer, search her home, all without her knowing. But "WatchWorld" run this city now. On every street are cameras, X-ray scanners, microphones. Terrifying Safe-Guards can see through walls, hear your heartbeat, analyze the smell of your sweat. Their motto? If you've nothing to hide, you've nothing to fear. But Nimmo, Scope, Manikin and FX, who work in the blind-spots of the city's shady underworld, are soon caught in a maze of deception, treachery and murder...will they make it out of the rat-runs alive?


Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo

Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo

Now a major movie, Private Peaceful is the stunning classic novel of love and war from Michael Morpurgo, beloved and bestselling author of War Horse Told in the voice of Private Tommo Peaceful, the story follows twenty-four hours at the front, and captures his memories of his family and his village life - by no means as tranquil as it appeared. Full of vivid detail and engrossing atmosphere, leading to a dramatic and moving conclusion, Private Peaceful is both a compelling love story and a deeply moving account of the First World War.


The Giggler Treatment by Roddy Doyle

The Giggler Treatement by Roddy Doyle

Now a major movie, Private Peaceful is the stunning classic novel of love and war from Michael Morpurgo, beloved and bestselling author of War Horse Told in the voice of Private Tommo Peaceful, the story follows twenty-four hours at the front, and captures his memories of his family and his village life - by no means as tranquil as it appeared. Full of vivid detail and engrossing atmosphere, leading to a dramatic and moving conclusion, Private Peaceful is both a compelling love story and a deeply moving account of the First World War.


City of Fate by Nicola Pierce

City of Fate by Nicola Pierce

In the CITY OF FATE there are only two options: to win or to lose forever. Imagine your home is bombed one Sunday afternoon by a horde of enemy planes. Imagine your family has gone and you are left behind. This is the fate of five-year-old Peter and two teenagers Yuri and Tanya. Imagine being ordered to leave school to fight the terrifying Nazis in WWII. Imagine you are right in the middle of a battle; it's you or them - you have no choice. This is the fate of four classmates: Vlad, Misha, Anton and Leo. The battlefield is the city of Stalingrad, the pride of Russia. Germany's Adolf Hitler wants the city badly, but Josef Stalin refuses to let go. So far nobody has managed to stop the triumphant Nazi invasion across Europe. It all depends on one city - Stalingrad - her citizens, her soldiers and her children. What would you do? Would you be able to survive? Emotionally taut and empathic, this novel will transport the reader into the very heart of the Second World War and the lives of children caught in the middle of history.


Blood Brother, Swan Sister: 1014 Clontarf: A Battle begins by Eithne Massey

Blood Brother, Swan Sister:1014 Clontarf: A Battle begins by Eithne Massey

A thrilling tale of magic and warfare in Norman Ireland April 1014. Dubliner Elva watches helplessly as her sister comes under the control of an evil queen. Dara marches towards the city as part of Brian Boru's army, while Skari sails from the Orkneys to fight with King Sitric of Dublin. As the armies come ever closer to each other, no knows what will happen when they meet to fight what has been called the last battle. Nor do the children realise that their fates are linked in ways they could never have imagined, ways which will test all their courage and loyalty.


Hagwitch by Marie Louise Fitzpatrick

Hagwitch by Marie Louise Fitzpatrick

London, 1596 and 2010. Two lives, four centuries apart, but with a dark secret that ties them together. It's summer, and the vibrant world of the theatre barge is coming to life. It's Lally's world and the only one she's ever known. But when her father pulls an ancient piece of wood from the canal and fashions it into a puppet, strange things begin to happen. Soon Lally starts to wonder whether there is something sinister about the wooden doll - could she be connected to the mysterious hagwitch? A gripping tale of myth, magic and the secret world of the theatre.


The secrets of Grindlewood by Jackie Burke

The secrets of Grindlewood by Jackie Burke

Jamie and Jemima Grindle move to Grindlewood House with their pets Timber and Teddy. But they soon realise that all is not as it seems in their beautiful new garden. There is dark magic at work in the nearby forest. The good witch Wanda has been defeated and now the wicked warlock Worfeus is plotting to destroy Grindlewood and its enchanted garden. Only Wanda’s powerful spells, written on a secret scroll, can rid the world of the warlock. Timber must lead the animals of Grindlewood in their quest to find the scroll and defeat their enemy. But where is the scroll hidden and will they find it before Worfeus? Is there really enough magic in their wild garden to help them defeat such evil?


A Room Full of Chocolate by Jane Elson

A Room Full of Chocolate by Jane Elson

Grace's fun-loving Mum has found a lump. Her north London world of sleepovers, tap dancing and playing the clarinet fall apart when she is sent to live with her grumpy old granddad on his farm in Yorkshire while her mother goes into hospital to get better. Grace misses her mother so much it hurts, and doesn't quite understand what is happening to her. And things go from bad to worse when she starts school and becomes the bullies' newest target. But Grace is no longer alone when she meets the wild Megan and her pig, Claude - when she's with them she feels as if she can confront anything. At Easter time when Grace misses her mum the most, she knows she must find a way to get to London. With Megan's help, she hatches a plan to run away that involves Claude, chocolate Easter eggs and a risky ID swap. But it's all worth it if it means that she finally gets to see her mum ...A gorgeous story of courage and friendship that will tug at your heart strings.


Milo and the Long Lost Warriors by Mary Arrigan

Milo and the Long Lost Warriors by Mary Arrigan

TRAPPED IN TIME Milo and his best buddy Shane are on a school trip to a museum and a mock battle. So far, so cool. Milo's ghostly friend Mister Lewis joins in. He wants to help three lost warriors who are trapped in the museum. They're from the real Battle of Clontarf, one thousand years ago. Mister Lewis starts to put his plan into action. But then the two school bullies, Crunch and Wedge, turn up, and they're out for revenge ...


The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo

The Butterfly Lion by Michael Morpurgo

A lyrical and moving tale of a young boy growing up in Africa, and his lifelong friendship with a white lion. "All my life I'll think you you, I promise I will.
I won't ever forget you." Bertie rescues an orphaned white lion cub from the African veldt. They are inseparable until Bertie is sent to boarding school far away in England and the lion is sold to a circus. Bertie swears that one day they will see one another again, but it is the butterfly lion which ensures that their friendship will never be forgotten.
Illustrated by Christian Birmingham


Skulduggery Pleasant: The End of the World by Derek Landy

Skulduggery Pleasant: The End of the World by Derek Landy

Stephanie's uncle is a writter of horror fiction. But after her uncle's untimely death she learns that there may more fact to his books than she could ever imagined. A fast paced and funny thriller from first time children's writer Derek Landy. This book will engross children from start to finish.