Kids book special

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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IRISH FAVOURITE
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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BOARD BOOK
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?

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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.

 

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Inspirational reads

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THE HAPPINESS TRACK
by Emma Seppala
Everyone wants to be happy. Everyone has the right to be happy. But finding happiness and feeling genuine, real happiness is difficult if not elusive. In this book, the author explains that success doesn’t have to come at our personal expense. She explains that nurturing ourselves is the most productive thing

 

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A MINDFULNES GUIDE FOR THE FRAZZLED
by Ruby Wax
Presenter and comedienne Ruby Wax shows how and why change is a good thing. This book contains mindfulness advice for parents, children, teenagers and relationships. Mindfulness isn’t about sitting still, it’s about learning to notice your thoughts and feelings so you experience everything life has to offer.

 

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MIND HACKING:HOW TO CHANGE YOUR MIND FOR GOOD IN 21 DAYS
by Sir John Hargrave
Hargrave reveals the formula that allowed him to overcome negativity and banish thoughts that weren’t helping him move on in life. A 21-day, three-step programme is laid out to help you rewire your brain and achieve healthier thought patterns for a better quality of life.

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HOW TO HAVE A GOOD DAY
by Caroline Webb
Webb explains show three big scientific ideas can help us be at our best. They will promote understanding of priorities, resilience and the ability to sustain our energy all day.

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SHUT YOUR MONKEY
by Danny Gregory
Have a little voice in your head that constantly criticizes what you do? In this, Danny’s 30 years of helping creative people blast through stumbling stocks comes to the fore.

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THE MAGIC
by Rhonda Byrne
This is a 28-day challenge that calls on readers to do simple exercises that not only enhance feelings of wellbeing, they also inspire magic to come into your life. (The magic being the power of positive thinking.) Devote yourself to each practice and watch how your life and your outlook magically begin to change.

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FEEL THE FEAR AND DO IT ANYWAY
by Susan Jeffers
So often we’re crippled by fear and let the ‘what ifs’ take over. This book’s premise is a simple one but one that instantly lets you push through boundaries of your own making and fulfil your true potential. A great inspiration for those who feel anxiety may hold them back.

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THE GRATITUDE DIARIES: HOW A YEAR OF LIVING GRATEFULLY CHANGED MY LIFE by Janice Kaplan
This memoir will inspire readers to think about the true meaning of gratitude – not just saying thank you for a good deed but genuinely feeling grateful for something or someone. Ideal for those who aren’t unhappy but could be happier.

 

Five to try

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LAROSE
by Louise Erdrich (Corsair, €18.99)
Landreaux Iron shoots, he thinks, a deer but on closer inspection he realises he’s killed his neighbour’s son. The son who was best friends with Landreaux’s son, LaRose. Landreaux is horrified but discovers an old way of delivering justice – by delivering his son to the bereaved parents.

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SHTUM
by Jem Lester (Orion, €16.99)
Ben Jewell’s son, Jonah, has never spoken. Father and son are forced to move in with Ben’s father and soon there are three generations of men living under one roof. Ben juggles fatherhood while learning some home truths while Jonah becomes the prism through which all the strands are untangled.

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THE ONE WE FELL IN LOVE WITH
by Paige Toon (Simon & Schuster, €9.99)
Phoebe must decide whether to get married or return to the Alps to pursue her passion. Rose has been forced to move back in with her mammy, after losing her job and boyfriend. Eliza is in love with someone who is no longer hers and her dream is fast disappearing. Then there’s Angus, the one man the three have fallen in love with.

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THE HANGING CLUB
by Tony Parsons (Century, €16.99)
A group of vigilante executioners roam London’s streets, abducting and hanging men they believe to be evil. Some would agree with their choice of victims but it’s up to DC Max Wolfe to hunt them down. I read it in one sitting and couldn’t get enough.

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THE SUDDEN APPEARANCE OF HOPE
by Claire North (Orbit, €16.99)
The book’s premise is excellent: Hope cannot be remembered once out of sight. She cannot build a relationship or have a level of human interaction. What would you do? What Hope does is plan and execute a robbery that starts a chain of events. A dazzling read.