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+


Check out previous Book Club picks 

September Senior Book Club Picks

Summer Senior Book Club Picks

May Senior Book Club Books

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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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Summer Senior Book Club Picks

May Senior Book Club Books

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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…


  • 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.




  • 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 😅



Go to GoodReads.com  to read blurbs and reviews!





It’s Mystery Month with our Reading Reps! 📖🤔❓🕵

You might have seen some very artistic Mystery themed posters around the school, these are down to our school Reading Reps, who are hosting Mystery Month! 🕵


The idea is to get us all reading something new and exciting, and what’s more exciting than a mystery?!  Get on board by checking out any of our mystery tagged books in the library, and start talking about and recommending books to your classmates! 📖❤

You’ll find a list of some of the ‘mystery’ tagged books that we have in the library here. Have other book recommendations? Comment below!

Come in and take a look at our Mystery display, featuring some of the posters made by the Reading Reps and a selection of mysteries.

Expect another exciting theme next month! Well done to our lovely Reading Reps!! ✌🤓


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World Book Day Celebration! 🌟⚡🎉📖

A huge thank you to everyone who contributed to and made an effort to make World Book Day at Our Lady’s a huge success!  There were some fantastic costumes on the day as you can see below!

A big congratulations to our winners of ‘Best Costume’ from each first year classes, who received a €10 book token for their effort! ❤

From C1 we have Emma Jane Weir as Alice in Wonderland 🍄

From P1 Emer Keely as The Queen of Hearts 👸❤

From B1 we have SEVEN winners as a fantastic group costume, The Seven Dwarves are Shóna Kelly, Ríonach Kelly, Sinéad McCloskey, Jessica Horan, Katheine Hesse, Lauren Dwyer and Sophie McGovern 😴🤓😳😡🤗😷🙄

And last but not least from L1, Niamh Foran as Goldilocks! 🐻🐻🐻


Here’s a selection of some of the other costumes on the day (more to be added to the gallery on the school app)

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February’s Book Review Competition Winner! 🤓📖✨🤑

February’s Book Review Competition winner is Aoife Doyle in P1!

CONGRATULATIONS AOIFE! You have won a €10 book token which you can collect in the library!


Here’s her winning book review:

Hunger by Michael Grant


Book review by: Aoife Doyle

Title: Hunger

Author: Michael Grant

Series: This book is the second book in the ‘Gone’ series.

Setting: This book is set in a place called Perdido beach in California. Perdido beach is on the coast of California and attracted many surfers before the FAYZ began.

The main characters: the main characters are Sam the leader of the good side and has the ability to shoot burning light from his hands that could kill someone, Caine the leader of the bad side and Sam’s long lost brother and has Telekinesis powers, Astrid is Sam’s girlfriend and a bit of a genius ,Drake is a bad guy who has a whip hand that cuts through your skin leaving ripped up flesh and Diana who is Caine’s girlfriend(sort of) and has the power to power read and see what your power is.

What is the FAYZ: The FAYZ stands for ‘fallout alley youth zone’. It is a circular dome around the Perdido beach town, the centre of which is the nuclear power plant which may have potentially caused the FAYZ. Kids up to the age of 15 live in this town. The FAYZ consists of only kids as all the adults and kids over 15 ‘blinked’ out or ‘left’ when it occurred first. Sam and his brother Caine were the first people not to leave when they turned 15. Many more have stopped themselves from leaving the FAYZ by following instruction from Sam. Some characters develop powers in the FAYZ and use them to fight the good/bad guys.

Why I liked this book: I liked this book because I thought it was very descriptive and had a lot of action in it. It described everyone’s powers very well. It also described the setting very well and I could picture everything very clearly. It was full of action and was a real page turner.

Rating: I would give this book 5 stars out of 5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Recommendation: I would recommend this book to people who have an interest in fictional and action books presumably 12 to 15 year olds.


Thanks Aoife, what a great review!! Michael Grant’s Gone series is hugely popular in the library 📖🤓📖🤓📖🤓📖

The deadline for next months competition is M📖onday 27th March so everyone has plenty of time to enter! You can write a review on any book you like and give it a star rating out of five. Email the review to librarian@olschool.ie for a chance to win €10 book token! 🤑📖

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January’s Book Review Competition Winner! 🤓📖✨🤑

January’s Book Review Competition winner is Asteria Fetsum Berihe in B4!

CONGRATULATIONS ASTERIA, you have won a €10 book token which you can collect in the library!


Here’s her winning book review:

The eagerly anticipated ‘Kensuke’s Kingdom’ by Michael Morpurgo is, in my opinion, one of my favourite books of all time. It is a book that I would recommend to others in my generation because of its comprehensible tone and interesting story line.


A young boy named Michael travels the sea on a boat named Peggy Sue. One night during their voyage, he mysteriously disappears, then awakens to been washed up on an island with his dog, Stella Artois. They strive for survival. But, the simplicity of this process makes Michael wonder if he really is isolated on this island. A feeble and grubby man reveals himself and helps Michael to survive. After a long time passes, the boat returns victoriously. What will the revelations be once the boat returns to rescue him?

The author successfully provoked multiple emotions from me, for the duration of the story. The opening sentence begins with “I disappeared on the night before my twelfth birthday”. By this, we already know who the narrator is and there is a sense of curiosity expressed from the reader. The reader will wonder how this boy had disappeared the day before his birthday. The author has made this book interesting but comprehensible. One key emotion that was triggered the most was sympathy. One important event of the story is when Kensuke is first introduced. Kensuke explains who he is and where he is from. He speaks about his family, about how he is unaware if they are alive. I felt a brief glimpse of sadness and sympathy for him. I started to imagine how it would feel if I was placed in the shoes of Kensuke.

Although, the author has disappointed me in a certain aspect of the book. There was not enough depth to the actual story. I feel that it could have went on for much longer, considering the fact it was intensely interesting.

If I were to recommend this book to a certain target audience, I would say to those who are under the age of eighteen. The language is not complex and that is one of the reasons why I like it. Even people who find reading challenging or lack concentration, this book will grab a hold of their attention span. If I were to give this book a star rating, I would say four and a half stars out of five.

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Thanks Asteria! Michael Morpurgo is an incredibly popular author in the library and we have MANY of his books here for loan 📖🤓📖🤓📖🤓📖

The deadline for next months competition is Tuesday 28th February so everyone has plenty of time to enter! You can write a review on any book you like and give it a star rating out of five. Email the review to librarian@olschool.ie for a chance to win €10 book token! 🤑📖😎

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NEW BOOKS! 📚 📖 😍

AND a reminder about the book review competition for which this months deadline is Tuesday 3rd May. You all have a VERY long weekend to take twenty minutes to write a review of any book.  Then just email it to librarian@olschool.ie to be in with a chance of winning a €10 book token! 💰💰💰😊


Back to NEW BOOKS!

We have some feminist non-fiction in Men Explain Things To Me by Rebecca Solnit, and Girls Will Be Girls by Emer O’ Toole.

The new senior fiction titles are A Little Life by Hanya Yanigihara, Gilead  by Marilynne Robinson, and The Spinning Heart  by Donal Ryan.

Then new to the Young Adult section we have The 5th Wave  by Rick Yancey, Weightless  by Sarah Bannan, Demon Road  by Derek Landy, and a couple of extras from the currently popular Selection series, and Pretty Little Liars series.  

If anyone wants to find out more on any of these titles you can look them up on the school library’s online catalogue and on GoodReads.

I hope everyone enjoys their extra long weekend! 😃  ✌️


Hey, pssst! You can now follow the library on Twitter @DumblebearSays! Dumblebear made me do it 🐻

The Bailey’s women’s prize for fiction longlist

We should all be making an effort to read more female authors, so with that in mind here is the nominated longlist for the Bailey’s women’s prize! There are some fantastic sounding books on this. I am particularly looking forward to reading The Bees, The Country of Ice Cream Star, and Station Eleven. Have a look and see if any of them interest you and comment! 🙂

See the books here
I read The Bees and Station Eleven over the summer. Both fantastic, and available in the library!