October Junior Book Club 🍁

For Halloween month we have two dark and creepy offerings! 👻🎃

 

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman 👻

After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be 51wXIxEhA3L._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_completely normal if he didn’t live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod’s family…

Beloved master storyteller Neil Gaiman returns with a luminous new novel for the audience that embraced his New York Times bestselling modern classic Coraline. Magical, terrifying, and filled with breathtaking adventures, The Graveyard Book is sure to enthrall readers of all ages.

Suitable for 11+

Accelerated Reader Book Level 5.1

 

 

Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse By Chris Riddell 👻🐭

Chris Riddell’s Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse is the beautifully illustrated winner of the Costa Children’s Book Award.

Ada Goth is the only child of Lord Goth. The two live together in the enormous 91xM+Rsn9rLGhastly-Gorm Hall. Lord Goth believes that children should be heard and not seen, so Ada has to wear large clumpy boots so that he can always hear her coming. This makes it hard for her to make friends and, if she’s honest, she’s rather lonely.

Then one day William and Emily Cabbage come to stay at the house and, together with a ghostly mouse called Ishmael, the three children begin to unravel a dastardly plot that Maltravers, the mysterious indoor gamekeeper, is hatching. Ada and her friends must work together to foil Maltravers before it’s too late!

Suitable for 11+

Accelerated Reader Book Level 6.5

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May Junior Book Club Books

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October Senior Book Club 🍁

For Halloween month we have two dark and witchy offerings! 👻🎃

 

 

The Accident Season by Moïra FowleyDoyle  🤕

A bewitching, dark and beautiful debut novel about a girl living in the shadow of a mysterious curse.

It’s the accident season, the same time every year. Bones break, skin tears, bruises bloom.

The accident season has been part of seventeen-year-old Cara’s life for as long as 23346358she can remember. Towards the end of October, foreshadowed by the deaths of many relatives before them, Cara’s family becomes inexplicably accident-prone. They banish knives to locked drawers, cover sharp table edges with padding, switch off electrical items – but injuries follow wherever they go, and the accident season becomes an ever-growing obsession and fear.

But why are they so cursed? And how can they break free?

Suitable for 14+

Accelerated Reader Book Level 5.1

Tangleweed and Brine by Deirdre Sullivan 💘

A collection of twelve dark, feminist retellings of traditional fairytales are given a witchy makeover, not for the faint-hearted.

You make candles from stubs of other candles. You like light in your room to read. TB-Cover-High-ResGillian wants thick warm yellow fabric, soft as butter. Lila prefers cold. All icy blues. Their dresses made to measure. No expense spared. And dancing slippers. One night’s wear and out the door like ash. You can’t even borrow their cast-offs. You wear a pair of boots got from a child. Of sturdy stuff, that keeps the water out and gets you around.

Written for a teen audience from one of Ireland’s leading writers for young people. Intricately illustrated with black and white line drawings. Stunning.

Suitable for 14+

 

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The Great Reads Award Shortlist! 📚📚📚

We are delighted to announce the Great Reads Award shortlist for 2017! There is great diversity among the titles this year with something to suit all tastes. See below for more information. All of the books are available in the library, and extra copies of each arrived today. 📚📚📚Voting will be open soon. Meanwhile enjoy reading and have your say! ✌😍📚🤓

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Read as many of these books as you like – preferably all five in your category! Let us know what you think at #GRAIrl on FB, Twitter, or Instagram. Rate your book on www.greatreadsaward.com/rateyourbook by Friday 12th January 2018. We will count the scores from all around Ireland and the winning titles in each category will be announced in February 2018. Students in any second level school are welcome to take part. There will also be a prize for the school that submits the ratings. Have your say!

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SO many books 😱🤤

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September Book Club for Juniors

 

See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng

“I haven’t read anything that has moved me this much since Wonder.” –Jennifer Niven, author ofAll the Bright Places

A space-obsessed boy and his dog, Carl Sagan, take a journey toward family, love, hope, and awe in this funny and moving novel.

11-year-old Alex Petroski loves space and rockets, his mom, his brother, and his dog Carl Sagan–named for his hero, the real-life astronomer. All he wants is to launch his golden iPod into space the way Carl Sagan (the man, not the dog) launched his Golden Record on the Voyager spacecraft in 1977. From Colorado to New Mexico, Las Vegas to L.A., Alex records a journey on his iPod to show other lifeforms what life on earth, his earth, is like. But his destination keeps changing. And the funny, lost, remarkable people he meets along the way can only partially prepare him for the secrets he’ll uncover–from the truth about his long-dead dad to the fact that, for a kid with a troubled mom and a mostly not-around brother, he has way more family than he ever knew.

Jack Cheng’s debut is full of joy, optimism, determination, and unbelievable heart. To read the first page is to fall in love with Alex and his view of our big, beautiful, complicated world. To read the last is to know he and his story will stay with you a long, long time.

Suitable for 11+ 

 

The Girl of Ink and Stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

Forbidden to leave her island, Isabella Riosse dreams of the faraway lands her father once mapped.

When her closest friend disappears into the island’s Forgotten Territories, she volunteers to guide the search. As a cartographer’s daughter, she’s equipped with elaborate ink maps and knowledge of the stars, and is eager to navigate the island’s forgotten heart.

But the world beyond the walls is a monster-filled wasteland – and beneath the dry rivers and smoking mountains, a legendary fire demon is stirring from its sleep. Soon, following her map, her heart and an ancient myth, Isabella discovers the true end of her journey: to save the island itself.

Suitable for 12+ 

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September Book Club Picks for Seniors, Teachers, and Parents!

As per usual we have one YA (Young Adult) book and one adult book.

First up…

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

A powerful and brave YA novel about what prejudice looks like in the 21st century.

Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed. Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this is a powerful and gripping YA novel about one girl’s struggle for justice.

Suitable for 14+ 

Accelerated Reader Book Level 3.9

 

My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent

A brilliant and immersive, all-consuming read about one fourteen-year-old girl’s heart-stopping fight for her own soul.

Turtle Alveston is a survivor. At fourteen, she roams the woods along the northern California coast. The creeks, tide pools, and rocky islands are her haunts and her hiding grounds, and she is known to wander for miles. But while her physical world is expansive, her personal one is small and treacherous: Turtle has grown up isolated since the death of her mother, in the thrall of her tortured and charismatic father, Martin. Her social existence is confined to the middle school (where she fends off the interest of anyone, student or teacher, who might penetrate her shell) and to her life with her father.

Then Turtle meets Jacob, a high-school boy who tells jokes, lives in a big clean house, and looks at Turtle as if she is the sunrise. And for the first time, the larger world begins to come into focus: her life with Martin is neither safe nor sustainable. Motivated by her first experience with real friendship and a teenage crush, Turtle starts to imagine escape, using the very survival skills her father devoted himself to teaching her. The reader tracks Turtle’s escalating acts of physical and emotional courage, and watches, heart in throat, as she struggles to become her own hero–and in the process, becomes ours as well.

Shot through with striking language in a fierce natural setting,My Absolute Darling is an urgently told, profoundly moving read that marks the debut of an extraordinary new writer.

Warning: extreme and disturbing material!

Suitable for 17+ 

 

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The Great Reads Award 2017 📚📚📚📚📚

This is the second year of The Great Reads Award, a debut YA award shortlisted by SLARI (School Library Association of Ireland) and voted on by teen readers! This summer I’m delighted to one of those school librarians who gets to read wonderful YA books with other librarians to decide on which books will make the shortlist! 🤓✌📚❤
The shortlist will be ready in late August, just in time for all of our eager readers teens to get going on their reading once we are back to school! Our Lady’s is going to be very much involved in the awards so we will get as many readers on board as possible! 👐

Here’s the current longlist, which will be whittled down to eight from 20 by the end of August. I foresee some very hard decisions as they all look so interesting! 😍

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I have a lovely little pile to read over the next few weeks, and I’m very tempted to add a few more! 🤓😂

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Senior Book Club – Summer Edition! 📚📖🌅🏖✌

Summer Senior Book Club Picks!

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Two very different books here, as per usual we have one YA (Young Adult) book and one adult book! Happy Summer Reading! 

Release by Patrick Ness

Inspired by Mrs Dalloway and Judy Blume’s Forever, Release is one day in the life of Adam Thorn, 17. It’s a big day. Things go wrong. It’s intense, and all the while, weirdness approaches…

Adam Thorn is having what will turn out to be the most unsettling, difficult day of his life, with relationships fracturing, a harrowing incident at work, and a showdown between this gay teen and his preacher father that changes everything. It’s a day of confrontation, running, love, heartbreak, and maybe, just maybe, hope. He won’t come out of it unchanged. And all the while, lurking at the edges of the story, something extraordinary and unsettling is on a collision course.

Suitable for 15+ 

See the post about getting to meet Patrick Ness and having him sign the library’s copy of this book here –>  An Evening With Patrick Ness! 😍✌🤓📖

The Raqqa Diaries by Samer

‘A clarion call to all of us that we should not give up. Somewhere there is a voice in the wreckage.’ Michael Palin

‘This is brutal non-fiction, plainly and urgently told.’ Robin Yassin-Kassab, Guardian

‘The simple act of bearing witness is one of the most powerful human responses available . . . The Raqqa Diaries is so important.’ Evening Standard

‘Everyone should spend a couple of hours of their life reading it, to remind themselves that, even in the darkest depth of human misery, the bravest souls still exist.’ Sunday Times

Since ISIS occupied Raqqa in eastern Syria, it has become one of the most isolated and fear-ridden cities on earth.

The sale of televisions has been banned, wearing trousers the wrong length is a punishable offence, and using a mobile phone is considered an unforgivable crime.

No journalists are allowed in and the penalty for speaking to the western media is death by beheading.

Despite this, after several months of nervy and often interrupted conversations, the BBC was able to make contact with a small activist group, Al-Sharqiya 24. Finally, courageously, one of their members agreed to write a personal diary about his experiences.

Having seen friends and relatives butchered, his community’s life shattered and the local economy ruined by these hate-fuelled extremists, Samer is fighting back in the only way he can: by telling the world what is happening to his beloved city.

This is Samer’s story.

Suitable for 15+

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Junior Book Club – Summer Edition!📚📖🌅🏖✌❤

Summer Junior Book Club Picks!

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Two very different books here, both are fantastic! Happy Summer Reading! 

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.

Suitable for 13+ 

Accelerated Reader Book Level 5.4

One by Sarah Crossan

Grace and Tippi. Tippi and Grace. Two sisters. Two hearts. Two dreams. Two lives. But one body.

Grace and Tippi are conjoined twins, joined at the waist, defying the odds of survival for sixteen years. They share everything, and they are everything to each other. They would never imagine being apart. For them, that would be the real tragedy.

But something is happening to them. Something they hoped would never happen. And Grace doesn’t want to admit it. Not even to Tippi.

How long can they hide from the truth—how long before they must face the most impossible choice of their lives?

Suitable for 12+

Accelerated Reader Book Level 5.2

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CBI Book of the Year Awards 2017 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

After months of reading the shortlisted books for the CBI Book of the Year Awards, talking about them, voting on them, and partaking in a video about them (!) the awards were held in Smock Alley Theatre on Tuesday 23rd May and we finally got to hear the winners!

First take a look at our fantastic Book Club Beanbag ladies discussing Historopedia, Plain Jane, The Call, The Ministry of SUITs, and Needlework along with other young shadowers in this wonderful video

*8 mins in to see the OLS girls

Aren’t they fantastic?! Thanks to Sarah Hyland L3, Marie Bishop B4, Jennifer Bishop B1, Catherine Galvin L1, Roisin O’ Neill C1, Anna Murray C1, Isabelle Roantree C1, Halle Donnelly Mahon B1, and Aisling Coyle C1 for participating!

Now for the awards…

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  • Honour Award for Fiction: needleworkDeirdre Sullivan for Needlework. The judges said, ‘Needlework by Deirdre Sullivan is a poetic and eloquent exploration of violation, abuse, neglect and advocacy of the transformative power of art. Starkly genuine and sincere, Sullivan’s powerful use of the metaphor of tattooing invites reflection about identity, difference, self-protection and self-invention. This searing yet delicate representation of adolescent experience will resonate deeply with teenagers and is a story that needs to be told and needs to be read.’ Little Island Books. Suitable for 15+

 

 

  • Judges’ Special Award: Tadhg Mac Dhonnagaín, Jennifer Farley, Brian Fitzpatrick, Tarsila Krüse and Christina O’Donovan for Bliain na nAmhrán. Futa Fata. Suitable for 3-7 year olds.

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  • Eilís Dillon award for a first children’s book: Paul Gamble for The Ministry of Strange, Unusual and Impossible Things. Little Island Books, Suitable for 9+the ministry

 

 

 

Children’s Choice Award:The Call  Peadar Ó Guilín for        The Call. This is the award that was chosen by the shadowing groups who read and judged the ten shortlisted titles and voted for their favourite!

*This was our favourite, and got our vote for Children’s Choice which we think is the most important award, shh…

David Fickling Books. suitable for 14+

 

 

And with such high praise from the man himself who can argue! twitter

 

 

And finally, the overall winner and recipient of the CBI Book of the Year Award 2017 is… 

Picturebook maker Chris Haughton with his book Goodnight Everyone0Chris was also the recipient of the Honour Award for Illustration for the same title. The award judges said ‘Chris Haughton’s vibrant illustrations combine perfectly with deceptively simple narrative in this mesmerising bedtime tale. Chronicling a series of animal yawns, the colour palette gradually darkens as the world of the forest is painted in sunset. Haughton’s use of cut-outs is particularly effective and the star maps in the endpapers add a mystic dimension to this captivating story.’

 

I don’t know about you but now I’m just excited to find out what books will be on the shortlist next year!

 

You can read the Children’s Books Ireland Press Release for more information on the awards.

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An Evening With Patrick Ness! 😍✌🤓📖

I went along to the Easons event in the Lighthouse Cinema last night to see Patrick Ness talk about his new book Release. An extra surprise was that he was interviewed by Deirdre Sullivan who is the author of Needlework, one of the CBI Awards shortlisted books!

I also got to meet him and he signed my book, but more importantly 😜 one for the school library too, with an extra special message! 😂   (pictures below)  He said to say hi to you all 👋

I’ve been a huge fan of Patrick Ness’ writing for a long time, if you haven’t read any of his books come and talk to me in the library! In fact he is my Author of the Month, which wasn’t a thing but now it is! 👐

 

*update! see our Twitter @ourladyslibraryfor info on another favourite author coming to Dublin soon! ✌😱

#SkipToTheNaughtyBits 😂😱✌

Release is available in the library now, unfortunately for seniors only 😅

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Go to GoodReads.com  to read blurbs and reviews!