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  • Sam Hannigan's Woof Week

    Sam Hannigan's Woof Week

    By Alan Nolan

    Animal lover and champion Irish dancer Samantha Hannigan is having a truly woof week. She and her best friend Ajay were messing around with the Brain Swap 3000, one of her grandad’s crackpot inventions, and now Sam is stuck inside the body of her neighbours’ dog – and it’ll be days before they can change her back!


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  • Dublin


    My Ireland Activity Book

    Written by Natasha Mac a'Bháird, Illustrated by Alan Nolan

    A bright and fun-filled activity book set in Dublin. Puzzles, games, colouring, stories and tons of interesting facts.

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  • The Spiral Path

    The Spiral Path

    Book 3 in The Ayla Trilogy

    Written by and Illustrated by Matt Griffin

    The conclusion of the Ayla trilogy. The battle was won but the enemy has escaped and Ayla, Sean, Finny and Benvy know their home of Kilnabracka is in serious danger. The town looks untouched, but the friends are being drawn into a trap.

    Only they can save themselves and the townsfolk.

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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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  • Vinnie Goes to Vegas

    Vinnie Goes to Vegas

    Written by Stephen Walsh and Marita O’Donovan, Illustrated by Diane Le Feyer

    Vinnie the leprechaun makes gleaming buckles for leprechaun shoes and shiny buttons for leprechaun jackets. He loves his job, and he has a happy life and many friends -- but, oh, how Vinnie longs to be rich! When Vinnie finds a lucky horse shoe, he decides to head to Vegas but he soon finds out that being rich comes at a price!


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  • Brendan and the Blarney Stone

    Brendan and the Blarney Stone

    Written by Stephen Walsh and Marita O’Donovan, Illustrated by Diane Le Feyer

    When Brendan the leprechaun plays the tin whistle, the sound is sweeter than the sweetest songbird. But if only he could speak as well as he plays! His words spill out in a terrible jumble – he goes to the shop to buy peas and accidentally comes home with cheese!

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  • Starring Meg

    Starring Meg

    Star Club Book 2

    By Natasha Mac a'Bháird

    Summer may be over but the Star Club is definitely not and now it's time to plan their next show! Meg has to get used to a new town and new school. Luckily her Star Club friends are there to support her. But will other people accept Meg for who she really is? 

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  • The Clubhouse Mystery

    The Clubhouse Mystery

    Written by Erika McGann, Illustrated by Vince Reid

    There’s an intruder in the clubhouse!

    The gang find the door left open, crumbs on the table and hairs on the floor. Someone has been sneaking in when nobody’s home.
    But who?

    Join Cass and the Bubble Street Gang as they investigate The Clubhouse Mystery.

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  • Rugby Runner

    Rugby Runner

    Ancient Roots, Modern Boots

    By Gerard Siggins

    Eoin Madden is captain of the Junior Cup team, training with Leinster and aiming for Ireland's Under 16 World Cup team. He also has to deal with grumpy friends, teachers piling on the homework – AND a ghost on a mission that goes back to the very origins of the game of rugby. 

    Books, crooks and rucks - it’s all to play for this term!


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  • Danny Brown and the Talking Teeth

    Danny Brown and the Talking Teeth

    Written by Brianóg Brady Dawson, Illustrated by Michael Connor, Coloured by Alan Nolan

    Danny Brown is always in trouble.
    Why did he take Granny’s teeth to school?
    Just WHAT was he thinking?
    Now Mum is cross, teacher is cross,
    and Granny is VERY cross.
    But Danny was only having fun, wasn’t he?

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  • Danny Brown and the Monster Toothbrush

    Danny Brown and the Monster Toothbrush

    Written by Brianóg Brady Dawson, Illustrated by Michael Connor, Coloured by Alan Nolan

    Danny hates brushing his teeth, so when he gets a new toothbrush he wants to get rid of it! He tries flushing it down the toilet, burying it in the garden and throwing it for Keano, his dog, but it keeps coming back!

    A fun story about a boy who can't help getting into trouble. Illustrated in colour throughout.

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  • The Gods and their Machines

    The Gods and their Machines

    By Oisín McGann

    Two worlds. Two different lives. Divided by hate and violence. Thrown together by chance.

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  • The Making of Mollie

    The Making of Mollie

    By Anna Carey

    Mollie Carberry's life seems pretty dull until she discovers her older sister Phyllis is a suffragette! When she and her friend Nora get involved they must face the question of how far a girl should go for her beliefs.

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  • Magical Celtic Tales

    Magical Celtic Tales

    Written by Una Leavy, Illustrated by Fergal O'Connor

    Magical Celtic Tales is a collection of ten wonderful stories - some well known, others almost forgotten - from Brittany, Cornwall, Ireland, The Isle of Man, Scotland and Wales.

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  • Hannah in the Spotlight

    Hannah in the Spotlight

    Star Club Book 1

    By Natasha Mac a'Bháird

    The summer holidays are here, and Hannah is wishing she could have gone to drama camp. Then she meets Meg, who has just moved in next door, and together with her friends Ruby and Laura they decide to form Star Club – a drama club of their own.

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