Where’s Larry This Time? by Philip Barrett
Larry the leprechaun and his family are travelling around Ireland. Can you find him in Belfast, Viking Dublin, Kilkenny Castle or Ben Bulben? It’s not as easy as you think, lepechauns are tiny and you’ll have to look very hard!
FINDING AUDREY by Sophie Kinsella
Audrey rarely goes out, doesn’t talk to new people and isn’t a fan of eye contact. Then she meets Linus, a friend of her brother’s, with whom she can talk through her fears. Can they have a future together if she hasn’t dealt with her past? A hugely sensitive and emotional read from the Shopaholic author.
LIFT THE FLAP BOOK
THERE’S AN OWL IN MY TOWEL by Julia Donaldson and Rebecca Cobb (Macmillan, €8.99)
It’s tricky to have breakfast when there’s a mole in your bowl! One baby’s every activity is thwarted by a variety of surprising animals. There’s also an online song to enjoy too.
FOR NATURE LOVERS
YOU ARE STARDUST by Elin Kelsey
This clever, beautiful book introduces children to how we are connected to the natural world in big and surprising ways. They’ll learn the salt in their body is the same as the salt in the ocean and that they learned to speak in the same way that baby birds do – by copying their parents.
CHAOS DESCENDS by Shane Hegarty (Harper Collins, €10.99)
The third book in the Darkmouth series and Finn’s going to be made a proper Legend Hunter. But then people start disappearing and Legends are appearing where they shouldn’t. Finn has the weight of the world on his shoulders. Make that two worlds.
NO HEROES by Anna Seidl
Anna was just 16 when she wrote No Heroes, a fictional account of a school shooting and its terrible aftermath. It has been translated into English by Siobhán Parkinson and is narrated by Miriam, a student smitten with her boyfriend and thoughtless in her treatment of outcast Matthias. Until Matthias uses a gun. The book focuses on the ensuing grief and the efforts to rebuild life. At times upsetting, this is a read with universal themes for young people.
THE TRIALS OF APOLLO: THE HIDDEN ORACLE by Rick Riordan
After angering his father Zeus, Apollo is cast down from Olympus and lands in New York as a teenage boy. Without his powers, he must learn to survive in the modern world until he can regain Zeus’s favour. But he has many enemies who’d love to see the former god permanently destroyed.
RENT A BRIDESMAID by Jacqueline Wilson
Tilly’s delighted that best friend Matty is asked to be a bridesmaid. She realises it’s time for her own dreams to come true and put her bridesmaid services up for her. A funny story about the power of friendship with beautiful illustrations from Nick Sharratt.
SUPERWORM by Julia Donaldson
The bestselling book is now available in a chunky board book format with a hardback cover, perfect for babies and toddlers. Superworm is super strong, long and wiggly! But who will come to his rescue when he’s captured by a wicked wizard lizard?
MYTHS AND LEGENDS
IRISH LEGENDS: NEWGRANGE, TARA & THE BOYNE VALLEY by Eithne Massey
A collection of six magical tales featuring Fionn, Aengus, Art and Cormac. Discover how the river Boyne was born, how a magic branch caused king Cormac to lose all he loves and how Aengus outsmarted his father.