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  • Tomi


    Tomi Reichental's Holocaust Story

    By Eithne Massey

    ‘At the age of six I began to fear for the future. … By the age of nine I was on the run for my life. … By the time I was ten I had seen all there was to see.’

    The incredible true story of how a small boy survived Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. An accessible and honest account of the Holocaust that provides lessons that are relevant today.


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  • Bright Sparks

    Bright Sparks

    Amazing Discoveries, Inventions and Designs by Women

    By Owen O'Doherty

    This wonderfully illustrated book is a guide to remarkable, practical, skillful and beautiful inventions by women.

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  • You've Got A Friend

    You've Got A Friend

    By Judi Curtin

    The fantastic follow-up to Time After Time and Stand By Me

    Families are so complicated! Molly’s dad seems so lonely. He lives on his own, he won’t get a pet, he doesn’t get on with his brother … Best friends Molly and Beth suspect his problems lie in his past, but what can two thirteen-year-olds do about that?

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  • Atlantis United

    Atlantis United

    Sports Academy Book 1

    By Gerard Siggins

    Five kids with one dream: to become the greatest sports stars in the world!

    Joe knows he has no chance of catching the mysterious scout’s eye – he loves football, but he’s by far the worst player in his club. Despite this, he’s whisked away to a remote island and teamed up with four other kids: Kim, Craig, Ajit and Jess.



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  • My First Book of GAA

    My First Book of GAA

    Photographs by Joe Butler

    A bright and colourful introduction to the wonderful world of GAA. With simple photographs and clear labels of everything from sliotar to goal and point, this is the perfect gift for the youngest GAA fans – no matter who you cheer for!

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  • Mad Grandad and the Kleptoes

    Mad Grandad and the Kleptoes

    Written by and Illustrated by Oisín McGann

    Things keep disappearing down the back of Grandad's sofa -- who, or what, has taken them? When Lenny and Grandad discover the Kleptoes and their hideout, things turn nasty.

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  • Spies


    Ireland’s War of Independence. United friends ... divided loyalties

    By Brian Gallagher

    As the War of Independence grows more lethal, the three friends must decide where their loyalties lie. Then a secret from Johnny’s past changes everything…

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  • Diary Detectives

    Diary Detectives

    Written by Erika McGann, Illustrated by Vince Reid

    While helping with a car boot sale, Cass finds a very old diary. It talks about picking on the drama kids on the bus, and a horrible prank played  during their end-of-year show. Who wrote the diary? Can the Bubble Street Gang unmask the wicked writer?

    Cass and the Bubble Street Gang Book 3

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  • Survivors


    A True-Life Titanic Story

    Written by Elisabeth Navratil, Translated by Joan de Sola Pinto

    Based on the true story of the author's father and uncle, who survived the Titanic disaster as children, but could not be identified because they had been travelling under false names.

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  • Wildflower Girl

    Wildflower Girl

    Written by Marita Conlon-McKenna, Illustrated by Donald Teskey, Cover design or artwork by PJ Lynch

    The second book in the famine trilogy
    At seven, Peggy made a terrifying journey through famine-stricken Ireland. Now thirteen, and determined to make a new life for herself, she sets off alone to America …

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  • Let's Colour Ireland

    Let's Colour Ireland

    By Alan Nolan

    Explore Ireland through your colouring pencils! With this fun variety of Irish landscapes, interesting characters and iconic places. Meet Fungi the Dolphin in Dingle and visit the Rock of Cashel. This is the perfect colouring book for children living in Ireland or visiting from abroad.

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  • Le più belle Leggende Irlandesi

    Le più belle Leggende Irlandesi

    Written by Eithne Massey, Illustrated by Lisa Jackson, Translated by Francesca d'Angelo

    A stunning illustrated Italian translation of Irish legends, including: The Salmon of Knowledge, How Cú Chulainn Got His Name, The Children of Lir, The King with Donkey’s Ears, Fionn and the Giant, The White Wolfhound, and Oisín.

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  • Where's Larry? The Colouring Book

    Where's Larry? The Colouring Book

    By Philip Barrett

    Follow Larry the Leprechaun around Ireland, and see if you can find him in Newgrange, at the Cliffs of Moher and in Dublin's St Patrick's Day Parade. With this new colouring book you can find Larry as you colour!

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  • We're Going to the Zoo!

    We're Going to the Zoo!

    Written by and By (artist) Sarah Bowie

    Kitty’s excited to be going to the zoo. Her big sister Clara thinks it will be boring! But when they get there, there’s so much going on!

    Follow the sisters around Dublin Zoo and meet the cheeky giraffe, the swimming tiger and lots, lots more.

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  • Mollie On The March

    Mollie On The March

    By Anna Carey

    Mollie Carberry is a suffragette! Well, sort of. Mollie and her best friend Nora have been bravely fighting for women’s rights – even though no one else really knows about it. But when they hear a big protest is being planned, they know they have to take part.

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