Teaching Guides for O'Brien Press Books


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Teaching Guides provide a valuable resource to teachers including:

  • Overviews of the major themes addressed in O'Brien Press novels
  • Section summaries
  • Suggestions for development activities
  • Advice for themed integration across the curriculum, and much more

This support will facilitate planning and provide the teacher with the necessary concise overview to allow them to incorporate this element of literacy into a wider cross curriculum theme based approach to curriculum planning and delivery.


Please select the age level that you are interested in to get a list of available activity sheets and teaching ideas.

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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.

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to the book by Nicola Heaney

  • 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.

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to the book by Aisling Hamill

  • Benny and Omar

    Benny and Omar

    By Eoin Colfer

    Moving to Tunisia is a real eye-opener for a young Wexford hurling fan. Eoin Colfer's hilarious debut novel.

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to the novel by Irene Barber

  • A Girl Called Blue

    A Girl Called Blue

    By Marita Conlon-McKenna

    The orphanage is the only home Blue has ever known. She is desperate to find out who she really is. The closed file in stern Sister Regina's office holds the secret of her identity. And that is forbidden territory ...

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide by Irene Barber

  • Fields of Home

    Fields of Home

    Written by Marita Conlon-McKenna, Illustrated by Donald Teskey and PJ Lynch

    The final book in the famine trilogy
    For Eily, Michael and Peggy the memory of the famine is still strong. But Mary-Brigid, Eily's first child, has the future to look forward to. What kind of future is it?

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide from O'Brien Teaching Guides Collection 3

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide from O'Brien Teaching Guides Collection 3

  • In Deep Dark Wood

    In Deep Dark Wood

    By Marita Conlon-McKenna

    When Bella Blackwell moves in next door, life takes a frightening and thrilling turn for Mia. Her brother and granny don't trust "The Bird Woman", and when she disappears their fear become real. A thrilling adventure story from Ireland's best-selling children's author.

    pdf-logoDownload Four pages of structured teaching guides to the novel

    pdf-logoDownload Four pages of structured teaching guides to the novel

  • Safe Harbour

    Safe Harbour

    By Marita Conlon-McKenna

    Sophie and Hugh are left homeless when their house is bombed during the London Blitz. Their mother is seriously injured and their Dad is away fighting, so the children are sent to their grandfather in Ireland.

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide from O'Brien Teaching Guides Collection 3

  • Under the Hawthorn Tree

    Under the Hawthorn Tree

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

    The first book in the famine trilogy
    Under the Hawthorn Tree is Ireland's top selling children's book and a classic for young readers worldwide. Set during the Irish famine, it follows three children as they travel across the country to find their family.

    pdf-logoDownload Drama ideas based on the novel, by Helen Hallissey. Courtesy InTouch.

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to the novel by Irene Barber

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to the novel and film: introduction and episode 1 (349 kb)

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to the novel and film: episode 2 (179 kb)

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to the novel and film: episode 3 (215 kb)

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to the novel and film: episode 4 (315 kb)

  • 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 …

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching Guide for Wildflower Girl

  • Alice Again

    Alice Again

    Written by Judi Curtin, Illustrated by Woody Fox

    Alice and Megan are back!
    While enjoying spring mid-term together they plot to get rid of Alice's Mum's new boyfriend.
    More fun in the sequel to Alice Next Door.

    pdf-logoDownload Summaries and discussion points for the first 5 Alice and Megan books

  • Alice in the Middle

    Alice in the Middle

    Written by Judi Curtin, Illustrated by Woody Fox, Cover design or artwork by Nicola Colton

    Megan can’t wait to go away to Summer Camp with her best friend Alice. But when Alice makes friends with Hazel, Megan begins to feel left out.

    The fourth book about Alice and Megan

    pdf-logoDownload Summaries & discussion points for the first 5 Alice & Megan books

  • Alice Next Door

    Alice Next Door

    Written by Judi Curtin, Illustrated by Woody Fox

    Best friends NEED to be together. Don't they? Megan's best friend Alice has moved away -- but the two friends hatch a risky plot to get back together.

    pdf-logoDownload Summaries and discussion points for the first 5 Alice & Megan books

  • Bonjour Alice

    Bonjour Alice

    Written by Judi Curtin, Illustrated by Woody Fox

    Megan’s really looking forward to the summer holidays – her whole family is going to France, and best of all Alice is coming too!

    The fifth book about Alice and Megan

    pdf-logoDownload Summaries & discussion points for the first 5 Alice & Megan books

  • Don't Ask Alice

    Don't Ask Alice

    Written by Judi Curtin, Illustrated by Woody Fox, Cover design or artwork by Nicola Colton

    Alice and Megan are back, and that can only mean one thing: trouble!
    Alice decides to try and get her parents back together, but things don't go according to plan...

    The third book in Judi Curtin's bestselling series.

    pdf-logoDownload Summaries & discussion points for the first 5 Alice & Megan books

  • Eva's Holiday

    Eva's Holiday

    By Judi Curtin

    Eva Gordon likes fashion, fun and hanging out with friends, so she can't believe she is stuck all summer with Kate, who doesn't care about being cool. But when the girls have to pull together to solve a problem, Eva finds out that there's more to life than having the right hair or clothes and sometimes 'weird' girls can make the best friends.

    pdf-logoDownload Summary and discussion points for three Eva books by Peter Heaney

  • Eva's Journey

    Eva's Journey

    Written by Judi Curtin, Illustrated by Woody Fox

    Eva is the girl with everything. Her parents throw her lavish parties in their luxury home, and her friends admire her designer clothes and manicured nails. But Eva’s world is turned upside down when her father loses his job.

    pdf-logoDownload Summary and discussion points for three Eva books by Peter Heaney

  • Leave it to Eva

    Leave it to Eva

    By Judi Curtin

    Fun, feisty Eva Gordon always tries to help her friends, but this time she might have a problem that’s too big even for her …

     

     

    pdf-logoDownload Summary and discussion points for three Eva books by Peter Heaney

  • Lily at Lissadell

    Lily at Lissadell

    By Judi Curtin

    When Lily is a young teenager, the time comes for her and her friends to leave school and find work; some are emigrating to America, some going to work in shops. Lily is going into service in the Big House – Lissadell. A warm and engaging story about friendship, life in the early 20th century and how the political world affects everyone.

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to the book by Peter Heaney

  • Stand By Me

    Stand By Me

    By Judi Curtin

    What if something happened long ago that still makes you sad? Graham is Molly and Beth’s favourite uncle, so they really want to help him fix the past – and since the girls know of a mysterious door that can take them back in time, maybe they can!

     

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to the book by Peter Heaney

  • Time After Time

    Time After Time

    By Judi Curtin

    Molly and Beth are best friends but they aren't too happy when their families move in together. But when the two are accidently transported back to the past, they have a chance to see the world through their parents’ eyes ...

     

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to the book by Peter Heaney

  • 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?

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to the book by Peter Heaney

  • Bernard Dunne

    Bernard Dunne

    Champion of the World
    By Bernard Dunne

    In this inspirational book, he describes life as a boy in Neilstown, the ups and downs of his life and career, and the powerful life lessons and skills that sport can teach a child.

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to the book by Nicola Heaney

  • Deadly Irish History - The Vikings

    Deadly Irish History - The Vikings

    By John Farrelly

    Nobody was more DEADLY than the Vikings who attacked Ireland in the 8th century: DEADLY! Viking warriors! DEADLY Viking ships! DEADLY Viking weapons!
    But were they really just marauding, murdering maniacs? Learn while you laugh with this irreverent and entertaining history book.

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to the book by Peter Heaney

  • Fugitives!

    Fugitives!

    A Story of the Flight of the Earls
    By Aubrey Flegg

    When young Con disappears, the others must find him – and quickly. His father Hugh O’Neill, the great Ulster chieftain, is about to depart Ireland, forever…

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to the novel by Peter Heaney

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to the novel by Peter Heaney

  • Across the Divide

    Across the Divide

    By Brian Gallagher

    When Liam, a poor eleven-year-old boy, and Nora, a rich ten-year-old girl meet at a Feis Ceol, an unlikely bond is formed - a bond that leads to a friendship spanning the deeply divided city that was Dublin in 1913.

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide and class project ideas by Peter Heaney

  • Arrivals

    Arrivals

    How long can a secret be kept?
    By Brian Gallagher

    In 1920s Canada, a summer of fun for three friends is destroyed by a frightening crime. Almost a century later, teenager Ciara Farrelly visits her dead grandfather's Ontario home and tries to solve the mystery surrounding it.

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to the book by Aisling Hamill

  • Friend or Foe

    Friend or Foe

    1916: Which side are you on?
    By Brian Gallagher

    When Emer Daly saves Jack Madigan from drowning it seems that the two children will be friends for life. Eight months later, however, they are on opposite sides in a life and death struggle, when Dublin city is torn apart in the Easter Rising. With their young lives in turmoil, what will come first – friendship, family or loyalty to a cause?

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to the book by Peter Heaney

  • Pawns

    Pawns

    Ireland's War of Independence
    By Brian Gallagher

    During the War of Independence, friends Johnny, Stella and Alice grapple with conflicting loyalties – then matters come dramatically to a head on the night the Black and Tans set Balbriggan ablaze during a murderous night of vengeance.

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to the book by Nicola Heaney

  • Resistance

    Resistance

    In a Nazi-Occupied Ireland, Where Would You Stand?
    By Brian Gallagher

    In Nazi-occupied Ireland, Roisin Tierney hides her Jewish heritage. But when the chance arises to resist the Nazis, Roisin and her friends face hard choices - that could cost their lives.

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to the book by Nicola Heaney

  • Secrets and Shadows

    Secrets and Shadows

    Two friends in a world at war
    By Brian Gallagher

    When her home is destroyed in the 1941 Luftwaffe bombing, Grace Ryan moves in with relatives. There she meets Barry Malone, a boy from Liverpool. Barry begins to suspect their teacher Mr Pawlek of spying for the Nazis. But what starts as an exciting adventure puts their very lives in danger.

     

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to the book by Peter Heaney

  • Spies

    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…

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to the book by Nicola Heaney

  • Stormclouds

    Stormclouds

    New Friends. Old Differences.
    By Brian Gallagher

    Twins Dylan and Emma Goldman move from Washington to Belfast when their journalist father is sent to cover the turbulent early days of the civil rights movement. The complicated friendships prove life-threatening when the simmering tensions in Northern Ireland erupt into violence in the summer of 1969.

    pdf-logoDownload Stormclouds teaching guide

  • Taking Sides

    Taking Sides

    A Boy. A Girl. A Nation Torn Apart.
    By Brian Gallagher

    Dublin, 1922. Working class Annie Reilly is thrilled to win a scholarship to Eccles Street School. Through a classmate she meets Peter Scanlon, a student in Belvedere College. Peter sides with the rebels in the Civil War and carries messages for them. When Annie’s life is threatened, he has to decide where his loyalties lie.

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to the book by Peter Heaney

  • A Cage of Roots

    A Cage of Roots

    Book 1 in the Ayla Trilogy
    Written by and Illustrated by Matt Griffin

    Magic exists beneath our feet, if we only know where to look …

    Growing up in a New York orphanage, Ayla has no idea she has Irish roots. It is not until she comes to Ireland that she finds out just how deep her roots really are...

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to the book by Peter Heaney

  • Storm Weaver

    Storm Weaver

    Book 2 in the Ayla Trilogy
    Written by and Illustrated by Matt Griffin

    Book Two. Descending into the ancient world of Fal, Ayla discovers she can conjure storms ...

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to the book by Peter Heaney

  • 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.

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to the book by Peter Heaney

  • SOS Lusitania

    SOS Lusitania

    By Kevin Kiely

    In May 1915 the ocean liner Lusitania sails from New York. It is rumoured to have spies on board. Thirteen-year-old stowaway Finbar Kennedy finds works as a deck-hand. He begins to understand what’s happening, but there’s nothing he or the crew can do. Then a torpedo from a german submarine hits ...

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching Guide by Peter Heaney

  • Red Hugh

    Red Hugh

    The Kidnap of Hugh O'Donnell
    By Deborah Lisson

    In 1857 the old Irish clans struggled desperately to hold on to their lands against Queen Elizabeth, who also had the Spanish Armada to worry about. Could this be Hugh O'Donnell's opportunity to escape from Dublin Castle?

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide from O'Brien Teaching Guides Collection 1

  • Brian Boru

    Brian Boru

    Emperor of the Irish
    By Morgan Llywelyn

    An enthralling account of the life of Brian Boru, who grew to become High King of Ireland before dying in the Battle of Clontarf in 1014.

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide from O'Brien Teaching Guides Collection 2

  • Cave of Secrets

    Cave of Secrets

    By Morgan Llywelyn

    Pirates and crooked rulers make seventeenth-century Ireland a dangerous place. Tom’s father has had savage losses in business and his whole world is under pressure. Tom starts mixing with smugglers in Roaringwater Bay and learns all about boats and smuggling – and secret treasure. And then Tom discovers the best-kept secret of all ...

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to the book by Peter Heaney

  • Granuaile: Pirate Queen

    Granuaile: Pirate Queen

    By Morgan Llywelyn

    A story of immense bravery and daring, as Granuaile takes on the great Norman lords, smuggles weapons and mercenaries for the Ulster Gaelic O'Donnell and O'Neill clans and finally goes to confront Elizabeth Tudor herself.

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching Guide for Pirate Queen by Peter Heaney

  • Strongbow

    Strongbow

    The Story of Richard and Aoife
    By Morgan Llywelyn

    The dramatic story of the Norman conquest of Ireland in the 12th century. Full of battles and warfare, but a story of love, too, between an unlikely pair - wilful and wild Irish princess Aoife, and Strongbow, the Norman invader.

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide from O'Brien Teaching Guides Collection 1

  • The Young Rebels

    The Young Rebels

    By Morgan Llywelyn

    A stirring story set against the background of the 1916 Rising. John Joe is a pupil in Padraig Pearse's school, and gets caught up in the dramatic events of the Rebellion. Compelling and evocative.

    pdf-logoDownload Four Page Teaching guide

    pdf-logoDownload Morgan Llywelyn answers the most frequently-asked questions about her novel

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to the book by Liz Morris

  • Missing Sisters

    Missing Sisters

    By Gregory Maguire

    Alice Colossus is a bright but shy twelve-year-old who has spent her life in an orphanage in upstate New York. Then at summer camp the girls keep mistaking her for someone called Miami.

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide from O'Brien Teaching Guides Collection 3

  • Colm 'Gooch' Cooper

    Colm 'Gooch' Cooper

    Great Irish Sports Stars
    By Donny Mahoney

    Follow Colm from his days as a tiny, freckle-faced kid – the youngest of seven in a GAA-mad family from Killarney – all the way to Croke Park, where he won five All-Ireland titles. They all said was too small and weak to play for Kerry, but he became one of the greatest Gaelic footballers ever.

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to the book by Peter Heaney

  • Cherokee

    Cherokee

    By Creina Mansfield

    Gene's grandfather, Cherokee, is a famous jazz musician and Gene travels the world with him. He loves the life and his only ambition is to be a musician too. But his aunt is totally opposed to the idea ...

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide from O'Brien Teaching Guides Collection 2

  • Blood Brother, Swan Sister

    Blood Brother, Swan Sister

    1014 Clontarf; A Battle Begins
    By Eithne Massey

    A thrilling tale of magic and warfare in ancient Ireland.
    Three children's lives are drawn together amidst the intrigue and magic of an epic battle.

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to the book by Liz Morris

  • The Silver Stag of Bunratty

    The Silver Stag of Bunratty

    By Eithne Massey

    In an Ireland full of war and danger, four children are determined to prevent Richard De Clare, Lord of Bunratty, from killing the magical Silver Stag to display his head on the castle walls. Adventure, conflict and danger awaits them.

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to the book by Peter Heaney

  • Tomi

    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.

     

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to the book by Nicola Heaney

  • Where the Stones Sing

    Where the Stones Sing

    By Eithne Massey

    As the spectre of the Black Death hovers over medieval Dublin in the fourteenth century, Kai is plucked from the filthy streets to sing in the great Christ Church choir. But Kai has a secret that must be kept hidden - even from new friends Tom and Jack. Kai will need great strength, talent and help from unexpected quarters just to survive.

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to the novel by Peter Heaney.

  • Run for the Hills

    Run for the Hills

    Written by Tom McCaughren, Illustrated by Bex Sheridan

    All the foxes who lived in Glensinna knew about Sionnach, the Great White Fox. But they had never seen him. ... After almost a decade and a half, award-winning author Tom McCaughren returns with a new installment in his bestselling series!

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to the book by Peter Heaney

  • Run with the Wind

    Run with the Wind

    Written by Tom McCaughren, Illustrated by Bex Sheridan

    ‘Don’t forget’, said the old fox, ‘if danger threatens, run with the wind …’

    Hunted, trapped and harried, the foxes of Sinna search for ‘the secret of survival’ under the leadership of the elderly and blind Sage Brush.

    'the Watership Down of the fox world.' The Irish Times

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to the book by Peter Heaney

  • All to Play For

    All to Play For

    By Donn McClean

    Thirteen year old Anna is struggling to cope with the recent loss of her father, when she discovers a forgotten gift from him - a pair of bright orange football socks. With the help of these brightly coloured good-luck charms, Anna slowly begins to gain confidence both on and off the pitch. 

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to the book by Nicola Heaney

  • Race the Atlantic Wind

    Race the Atlantic Wind

    The Flight of Alcock and Brown
    By Oisín McGann

    As the First World War comes to an end, teams of pilots and navigators gather in Newfoundland. The challenge: to be the first to fly non-stop across the Atlantic Ocean.

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to the book by Nicola Heaney

  • 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.

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to the novel by Judy Deacon

  • Just Joshua

    Just Joshua

    By Jan Michael

    A heart-warming story of one boy's search for identity.

    pdf-logoDownload Comprehensive teaching guide to the book

  • The Rock Boy

    The Rock Boy

    By Jan Michael

    When Josephine finds an injured boy in the water at the mouth of a small cove in St Thomas Bay, Malta, some instinct warns her not to tell her family. Perhaps he is a smuggler, or a refugee ...

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to the book by Liz Morris

  • Lockie and Dadge

    Lockie and Dadge

    By Frank Murphy

    Lockie is a bit of a misfit. Orphaned, he is placed in foster home after foster home, but somehow he never settles in. He runs away and meets up with some eccentric characters, like himself, an outsider. For the first time, Lockie belongs to a real family

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide from O'Brien Teaching Guides Collection 2

  • The Sound of Freedom

    The Sound of Freedom

    By Ann Murtagh

    Will Colm stay in Ireland and join the Volunteers or will he fulfil his dream of working as a musician in America? A long-held family secret comes to light, rocks Colm’s world and shows him the way to go.

    pdf-logoDownload Historical notes, references and links from the author

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to the book by Nicola Heaney

  • Conor's Caveman

    Conor's Caveman

    The Amazing Adventures of Ogg
    By Alan Nolan

    A pre-hysterical new illustrated novel by the author of the smash-hit Fintan’s Fifteen.

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to the book by Peter Heaney

  • Fintan's Fifteen

    Fintan's Fifteen

    Ireland's Worst Hurling Team Wants You!
    Written by and Illustrated by Alan Nolan

    Ray is tired of losing every match he plays with his team, the Ballybreen Terriers. Before they become the laughing stock of the leadership, Ray persuades Fintan Heffernan, ex-star player of U10's to leave his early retirement and computer games to help bring his rival 'Dirty Den' down and lead the Ballybreen Terriers to the victory they deserve.

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching Guide by Peter Heaney

  • Sam Hannigan and the Last Dodo

    Sam Hannigan and the Last Dodo

    By Alan Nolan

    When a mysterious package arrives on the doorstep of Hannigan’s Haven on a stormy night, Sam and the gang are astonished to discover that it contains a living, breathing (and long believed extinct) Dodo bird!

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to the book by Peter Heaney

  • 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 – how can they can change her back?

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to the book by Peter Heaney

  • Feile Fever

    Feile Fever

    By Joe O'Brien

    Danny Wilde and his teammates are finding the Under-14s Division tough going. Could Todd, the new Australian kid, help them become winners?

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide and class activities by Peter Heaney

  • Legends' Lair

    Legends' Lair

    By Joe O'Brien

    Charlie Stubbs has one passion in life – playing football. Everything seems to be going really well for him until tragedy strikes and turns his world upside down.

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to the book by Peter Heaney

  • Little Croker

    Little Croker

    By Joe O'Brien

    Danny Wilde wants one thing more than anything else in the world and that’s to get his GAA team, Littlestown Crokes, to the top of the League.
    But when things go horribly wrong, can they make it after all?

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide and range of activities based on the book by Peter Heaney

  • Amelia

    Amelia

    By Siobhán Parkinson

    The year is 1914 and Amelia Pim will soon be thirteen. There are rumours of war and rebellion, and Dublin is holding its breath for major, dramatic events. But all that matters to Amelia is what she will wear to her birthday party ...

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide from O'Brien Teaching Guides Collection 1

  • Four Kids, Three Cats, Two Cows, One Witch (maybe)

    Four Kids, Three Cats, Two Cows, One Witch (maybe)

    By Siobhán Parkinson

    Beverley, Elizabeth, Kevin, Gerard and his cat visit the mysterious Lady Island, expecting some adventure and a little danger. But nothing prepares them for their encounter with the strange inhabitant of the island.

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide from O'Brien Teaching Guides Collection 1

  • Kate

    Kate

    By Siobhán Parkinson

    Set in the competitive world of Irish dancing, Siobhán Parkinson's latest book will delight girls from aged 10 upwards.

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to the novel by Peter Heaney

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to the novel by Peter Heaney

  • No Peace for Amelia

    No Peace for Amelia

    By Siobhán Parkinson

    It's 1916 but Amelia Pim's thoughts are on Frederick Goodbody and not on the war in Europe. Then Frederick enlists. The pacifist Quaker community is shocked but Amelia is secretly proud of her hero …

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching ideas for sixth class from O'Brien Reading Programme

  • Sisters ... No Way!

    Sisters ... No Way!

    By Siobhán Parkinson

    Cindy, a with-it and cynical young teen, still traumatised by her mother's recent death, is appalled when her father falls in love with one of her teachers, a woman with two teenage daughters of her own ...

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide for Sisters ... No Way! from O'Brien Teaching Guides for Second Level Schools.

  • The Moon King

    The Moon King

    By Siobhán Parkinson

    A young boy creates his own world to try to cope with his traumatic past.

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide from O'Brien Teaching Guides Collection 2

  • Behind the Walls

    Behind the Walls

    By Nicola Pierce

    Derry. 1689. The city’s inhabitants resist all attempts by the King James’s men to storm their gates. Outside, the soldiers reckon the only effective weapon they have left is to starve them out...

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to the book by Peter Heaney

  • Chasing Ghosts

    Chasing Ghosts

    An Arctic Adventure
    By Nicola Pierce

    Francis Crozier, second-in-command to Sir John Franklin, is arctic-bound with HMS Erebus and Terror, in search of the fabled North-West Passage. In Derry, Ann and brother William are convinced that the spirit of their dead sister Weesy is haunting them. An enthralling novel based on real events.

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to the book by Nicola Pierce

  • City of Fate

    City of Fate

    By Nicola Pierce

    Sunday 23 August 1942 is an important day for Yuri. It is his fourteenth birthday and also the day that the Nazis began their carpet-bombing campaign of Stalingrad, which continued every day for the next two weeks. Facing overwhelming odds, it will take all his determination and wits to survive.

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide by Peter Heaney

  • Kings of the Boyne

    Kings of the Boyne

    By Nicola Pierce

    Two kings, three young soldiers, one battle to end all battles.

    As King James and King William prepare to meet at the Boyne in battle, three young men face the horrors of war.

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to the book by Peter Heaney

  • Spirit of the Titanic

    Spirit of the Titanic

    Written by Nicola Pierce, Illustrated by Emma Byrne

    The ghost of fifteen-year-old Samuel Scott moves restlessly aboard the Titanic as she sails to her doom in 1912. An eyewitness to the final days in the lives of rich and poor, crew and passengers, this is Samuel’s story …

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  • Cora Staunton

    Cora Staunton

    Great Irish Sports Stars
    By Eimear Ryan

    Cora Staunton is an elite sportswoman: a trailblazer in the Australian Football League, and a hero in her native Mayo for her gaelic football skills. But it’s been a long and eventful road for Cora. Discover how a girl playing with under-12 boys became a living legend.

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  • Football Fiesta

    Football Fiesta

    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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  • Rugby Flyer

    Rugby Flyer

    Haunting history, thrilling tries
    By Gerard Siggins

    Eoin and his new friends are taken on a trip to Twickenham to play & watch rugby. There, he meets a ghost: Prince Obolensky, a Russian who played rugby for England, scored a world famous try against New Zealand in Twickenham and later joined the RAF and died in WW2.

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  • Rugby Heroes

    Rugby Heroes

    Ghostly Ground, Deadly Danger
    By Gerard Siggins

    Take a dive into history – with some help from rugby legends of the past!

    Eoin Madden is Castlerock College’s star player and he's been called up for Ireland in the Under 16 Four Nations! When his oldest and best ghostly friend calls for help, can Eoin and his band of heroes their deadliest mystery yet?

     

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  • Rugby Rebel

    Rugby Rebel

    Discovering History - Uncovering Mystery
    By Gerard Siggins

    Book three in Gerard Siggins' supernatural Rugby series.

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  • Rugby Redzone

    Rugby Redzone

    Sports Academy Book 2
    By Gerard Siggins

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

    Read all about Kim and her friends at Sports Academy where, with the help of eccentric, genius coaches, they are transformed into serious players in their own sports.

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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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  • Rugby Spirit

    Rugby Spirit

    A new school, a new sport, an old mystery...
    By Gerard Siggins

    Eoin has just started a new school … and a new sport. Everyone at school is mad about rugby, but Eoin hasn’t even held a rugby ball before! And why does everybody seem to know more about his own grandad than he does?

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  • Rugby Warrior

    Rugby Warrior

    Back in school. Back in sport. Back in time.
    By Gerard Siggins

    Eoin Madden is now captain of the Under 14s team and has to deal with friction between his friend Rory and new boy Dylan as they battle for a place as scrum-half. Fast-paced action, mysterious spirits and feuding friends – it’s a season to remember!

    Sequel to the hugely successful Rugby Spirit.

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  • Black Wreath

    Black Wreath

    The Stolen Life of James Lovett
    By Peter Sirr

    A fictionalised account of the life of James Lovett, son of Lord Dunmain, set in 1730's Dublin and colonial America.

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  • 17 Martin Street

    17 Martin Street

    By Marilyn Taylor

    When Hetty’s family move to Martin Street near Portobello bridge in Dublin, they’re not sure of their welcome.

    And next door, Ben’s family are not sure about their new Jewish neighbours: it’s The Emergency and they are suspicious of strangers.

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  • Faraway Home

    Faraway Home

    By Marilyn Taylor

    Two Jewish children are sent from Nazi-occupied Austria to a refugee farm in Northern Ireland. Will they ever see their families again? Based on the true story of Millisle refugee farm in Ards, Co Down.

    pdf-logoDownload Finding Refuge: The Millisle Farm Story, A World War II learning resource developed by Down County Museum. This multimedia resource reveals how this part of Northern Ireland played a unique role in saving the lives of some Jewish refugees.

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide from O'Brien Teaching Guides Collection 1

  • Dream Invader

    Dream Invader

    By Gerard Whelan

    Saskia's cousin Simon is having terrible dreams. Something strange is definitely going on and it seems to be centred on Simon's car-shaped bed that once belonged to another little boy.

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide from O'Brien Teaching Guides Collection 3

  • Out of Nowhere

    Out of Nowhere

    By Gerard Whelan

    A young boy wakes up in a strange location remembering only his name, and with all evidence of the outside world seemingly erased. What has happened? And who are the strange monks looking after him? A chilling science fiction adventure from a master storyteller.

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide for Out of Nowhere from O'Brien Teaching Guides for Second Level Schools.

  • The Guns of Easter

    The Guns of Easter

    By Gerard Whelan

    It is 1916 and Europe is at war. From the poverty of the Dublin slums twelve-year-old Jimmy Conway is pulled between the British Army and the rebels in the Easter Rising. Real history seen through the eyes of a child from a master storyteller.

    pdf-logoDownload Gerard Whelan answers the top 20 questions his readers ask about The Guns of Easter

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  • War Children

    War Children

    Stories from Ireland's War of Independence
    By Gerard Whelan

    Six stories, one set in Dublin the others in the countryside, about children who get caught up in the War of Independence and suffer dire consequences.

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to The Empty Steps, the first story in the book.

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to Mulligan's Drop, the second story in the book.

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to The King of Irishtown, the third story in the book.

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to Dead Man's Music, the fourth story in the book.

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to Services Rendered, the fifth story in the book.

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to The Poor Cow, the final story in the book.

  • The House on Hawthorn Road

    The House on Hawthorn Road

    By Megan Wynne

    Two children, from different centuries – Robbie, a trouble maker from the 1950’s and Beth from modern day – time travel through the walls of a magical house in Dublin.

     

    pdf-logoDownload Teaching guide to the book by Nicola Heaney


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