Clare County Library offers a class novels lending scheme to primary schools
in the county. A collection of 20 copies of 27 titles was purchased to
facilitate teachers using each title as a class novel.
Each school in County Clare is entitled to at least 2
free school library memberships enabling them to borrow up to a total
of 60 items per month from the public library service. The class novels
scheme has proved extremely popular, with some schools borrowing a different
title each month since the scheme began in Spring 2012.
Library staff hope to add to this collection year on
year, funds permitting, and to extend the range of titles to cater for
children from 3rd to 6th class inclusive.
War by Nina Bawden
Bombs were falling on London. Carrie and
Nick were wartime evacuees billeted in Wales on old Mr Evans, who was
a bit of an ogre, and his timid mouse of a sister. Their friend Albert
was luckier, living in Druid’s Bottom with Hepzibah Green and the
strange Mister Johnny, and Carrie and Nick were happy to visit him there,
until Carrie did a terrible thing, the worst thing she ever did in her
Carrie's War is set in the mining valley in Wales
where she lived as an evacuee during the Second World War
by Louis Sachar
Stanley Yelnat’s family has a history
of bad luck, so he isn’t too surprised when a miscarriage of justice
sends him to a boys’ juvenile detention centre. At Camp Green Lake
the boys must dig a hole a day, five feet deep, five feet across, in the
dried up lake bed. The warden claims the labour is character building,
but it is a lie. Stanley must dig up the truth.
“This is a story of friendship with the cleverest
of plot twists and descriptions so vivid you can feel the heat of Stanley’s
desert prison burning off the page. A total must-read” The Times
“An exceptionally funny and generous
book that is also a tightly plotted detective novel” The Guardian
Am David by Anne Holm
David lay quite still in the darkness
of the camp, waiting for the signal
“You must get away tonight” the man
had told him. “Stay awake so that you’re ready just before
the guard is changed. When you see me strike a match, the current will
be cut off and you can climb over – you’ll have half a minute
for it, no more”
David escapes from a concentration camp and flees
across Europe. He is utterly alone – who can he trust? What will
await him back home?
And all the while he knows that they may catch
up with him….
Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Nobody Owens, known to his friends as
Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t
live in a graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts.
There are dangers and adventures for Bod in the
graveyard. But it is in the land of the living that real danger lurks
for it is there that the man Jack lives and he has already killed Bod’s
A deliciously dark masterwork by bestselling author,
Neil Gaiman, with illustrations by award-winning Chris Riddell.
Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
Moose Flanagan lives with his family on
Alcatraz Island – home to a high security prison and the famous
gangster Al Capone.
But living next door to Al Capone is the least
of Moose’s problems. He has a new school to get used to and new
friends to make, and his mother is so busy looking after his sister that
she has no time to listen to his concerns.
When Moose and his new friends come up with plans
to make money out of the convicts things start to look up. Until his sister
Natalie poses an even bigger problem to him than she usually does.
Deep Dark Wood by Marita Conlon-McKenna
Bella Blackwell, a mysterious old lady
moves in next door to Mia and Rory. Soon Mia falls under the woman’s
spell and her mind is filled with stories of dragons, giants and a place
where magic still exists.
Then Mia disappears. In a desperate quest to find
his sister, Rory travels to a world where he must face fierce creatures
and terrible dangers. Will the children ever return to the lives they
Boy in the Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne
If you do start to read this book, you
will go on a journey with a nine-year-old boy called Bruno. (though this
isn’t a book for nine-year-olds.) And sooner or later you will arrive
with Bruno at a fence. Fences like this exist all over the world.
"Bruno is nine years old, and the Nazis’
horrific Final Solution to the ‘Jewish Problem’ means nothing
to him. He's completely unaware of the barbarity of Germany under Hitler,
and is more concerned by his move from his well-appointed house in Berlin
to a far less salubrious area where he finds himself with nothing to do.
Then he meets a boy called Shmuel who lives a very different life from
him -- a life on the opposite side of a wire fence. And Shmuel is the
eponymous boy in the striped pyjamas, as are all the other people on the
other side of the fence. The friendship between the two boys begins to
grow, but for Bruno it is a journey from blissful ignorance to a painful
knowledge. And he will find that this learning process carries, for him,
a daunting price." Amazon.co.uk
Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo
As young Thomas Peaceful looks back over
his childhood from the battlefields of the First World War, his memories
are full of family life deep in the countryside.
But the clock is ticking and every moment Tommo
spends remembering how things used to be, means another moment closer
to something which will change his life forever.
A poignant story of the First World War.
Velvet by Enid Bagnold
Velvet is mad about horses. When she wins
a piebald horse in a raffle, she knows he’s something special. His
heart is as big as the fences he jumps, and he’ll do anything for
Soon Velvet has her sights set on the biggest race
in England. But girls can’t be jockeys. Can she and the Piebald
really win the Grand National?
Home by Marilyn Taylor
Faraway Home is based on true events,
describing the real experiences of young refugees who came to Northern
Ireland during World War 2
Karl and his sister Rosa escape from Nazi-occupied
Vienna to Northern Ireland on a Kindertransport. They are sent to Millisle
Farm in County Down with other Jewish refugees. Here, they must adapt
to a very different life, far from their parents and all that’s
But war is never far away, with rationing, air-raid
warnings and the spy scare. And when Belfast is bombed without warning,
Karl feels that his whole fragile world has collapsed. But with the help
of Judy from Dublin and Peewee from Belfast, he learns that out of conflict
and despair extraordinary friendships can grow.
of the Dump by Clive King
Nobody believes Barney when he says he’s
discovered a boy living wild in the dump. But for Barney, Stig is totally
real with a lot of shaggy hair and two bright black eyes, wearing a rabbit
skin and speaking in grunts. They become great friends, learn each other’s
ways and embark on a series of exciting adventures.
Frank. The Diary of a Young Girl
The Diary of a Young Girl remains the
single most poignant true-life story to emerge from the Second World War.
In July 1942, Anne Frank and her family, fleeing
the horrors of Nazi occupation, hid in the back of the Amsterdam warehouse.
Anne was thirteen when the family went into the secret annexe and, over
the next two years, she vividly describes in her diary, the frustrations
of living in such confined quarters, the constant threat of discovery,
the hunger and fear. Her diary ends abruptly when, in August 1944, she
and her family were finally discovered by the Nazis.
Anne Frank died in March 1945, aged fifteen, in
Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in Germany.
This book provides a deeply moving and unforgettable
portrait of Anne Frank – an ordinary girl and yet an extraordinary
and Swan by John Quinn
When Martin ‘Duck’ Oduki,
abandoned in Dublin by a Nigerian father and an Irish mother, runs away
from St. Mark’s Care Centre, Emer Healy discovers him hiding on
a school bus bound for Galway.
Watching her sick mother’s struggle to regain
her health, Emer is also running from the pain and confusion she feels
inside. It isn’t long before the two children feel they need each
Duck finds other unusual allies in Granny Flynn,
who knows a thing or two about institutional life, and her husband, blind
Tom, who introduces Duck to the game of hurling.
Duck and Swan is a moving and often funny story
of friendship and acceptance set against a background of intolerance and
and Omar by Eoin Colfer
For Benny the move to Africa is catastrophic.
Nobody there plays his favourite sport – hurling. School is weird
with happy-clappy, ageing hippies for teachers! And the village doesn’t
even deserve the name village; more of a camp, really.
Then he meets Omar – a wild boy living on
his talent for buying, selling, fixing and making-do. His English has
been learned from TV, his life skills from necessity.
A madcap friendship develops between the two and
their antics become the bane of village life. Then real life intervenes
and the boys must outwit the village guards, Benny’s parents and
ultimately, the police.
and Babe by Eoin Colfer
A summer in the Irish countryside is not
Benny Shaw’s idea of a good time. Especially as the people of Duncade
don’t appreciate him as the sporting prodigy that he is. All he
gets is teasing which is a favourite pastime of annoying tomboy Babe Meara.
Streetwise Benny has met his match and he doesn’t
know the rules of this particular game. And when Babe turns from a real
pain into a real girl, the trouble well and truly begins.
Summer of Lily and Esme by John Quinn
What a summer it is for Alan! He wasn’t
much looking forward to living in the country, not after spending all
of his life in Dublin. And when he finds that his next door neighbours
are two very old ladies, he is not much happier
Then he finds a mysterious locked room in his house
and hears about the ghost of a boy called Albert who died tragically.
When Lily and Esme, the two old ladies, start calling him Albert, he begins
to get worried but is determined to solve the mystery.
With the help of his new friend, Lisa, and some
friendly grown-ups he unearths the story of another summer seventy years
before and is at last able to give his new friends their dearest wish.
The Summer of Lily and Esme is both moving and
London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd
Monday 24 May, 11.32 a.m.
Ted and Kat watch their cousin Salim get on
board the London Eye. The pod rises from the ground.
Monday 24 May, 12.02 p.m.
The pod lands and the doors open. People exit
– but where is Salim?
When Aunty Gloria’s son, Salim, mysteriously
disappears from a sealed pod on the London Eye, everyone is frantic. Has
he spontaneously combusted? (Ted’s theory.) Has he been kidnapped?
(Aunt Gloria’s theory.) Is he even still alive? (The family’s
Even the police are baffled. Ted, whose brain runs
on its own unique operating system, and his older sister, Kat, overcome
their prickly relationship to become sleuthing partners. They follow a
trail of clues across London in a desperate bid to find their cousin,
while time ticks dangerously by….
by Aubrey Flegg
The boat is waiting…but Con, son
of Hugh O’Neill, is missing. Can he be found in time?
It is 1607 and Hugh O’Neill, the great Earl
of Tyrone, once the most powerful man in Ireland, has lost the fight against
the English at the Battle of Kinsale. Along with many Irish ruling families,
the O’Neills must flee Ireland, leaving their lands and their people
Con’s cousin Fion is charged with finding
him and bringing him to the boat waiting for them in Lough Swilly. But
time is running out; the boat must leave, and Con, up to his usual mischief,
is away in the mountains.
Fion and his companions, hunted every step of the
way, are on his trail. But this is no easy search – there are dangers
and threats everywhere in war-torn Ireland. And Con would be valuable
‘property’ for anyone able to catch him and sell him to the
War by Aubrey Flegg
Katie’s father comes home shell-shocked
from the Great War. He stands staring into the distance. Is he mad? Katie
wonders. She gradually wins him back to normality, yet she lives in fear
that the madness will return.
Father wants to open up the mines he owns, and
friends come from Wales to help. But Ireland is in turmoil after the War
of Independence against the English. Michael Collins has signed the Treaty,
but war continues, except that now it is Irish against Irish.
For Katie there is no avoiding the war.
Should she side with her rebel brother, Seamus?
Or support the handsome Free State soldier she met in Nenagh? Or agree
with her father that all guns are evil?
There is something she can do but it is daring and dangerous. And her
only help is the scrawny Welsh boy whom she nicknames Frog.
of the Titanic by Nicola Pierce
‘That calm, sunny day is one I’ll always remember…
because the twentieth of April, in the year 1910, was the day I, Samuel
Joseph Scott, died.’
Fifteen-year-old Sam plunges to his death
whilst building his beloved Titanic. Now as the greatest ship the world
has ever seen crosses the Atlantic Ocean, Sam finds himself on board –
as a ghost.
His spirit roams the ship, from the glamour of
first class to the party atmosphere of third class.
Sam shares the excitement of Jim, Isobel and their
children – on their way to a new life in America.
Disaster strikes when Titanic hits an iceberg.
As Titanic sinks to an icy grave, Jim and his family are trapped behind
Silver Notebook by Enda Wyley
TIMOTHY FINN IS A BOY WITH TWO DREAMS
– AND A MYSTERY TO SOLVE
Timothy Finn has no father, or so he thinks. Then
a silver notebook arrives out of the blue on his birthday. It is a gift
from his father! But who is his father and why has he suddenly entered
the boy’s life? Does the mysterious man in the woods hold the answer
to Timothy’s dreams – to find his father and become a writer?
With his best friend Fleur, Timothy sets out to uncover the riddle of
the Cherry Tree by Joe O’Brien
Beyond the Cherry Tree lies a wonderful
and enchanting land, inhabited by amazing and magical creatures…
When Josh Bloom and his friends visit Cherry Tree
Manor on a school trip what really interests the class is the mystery
about the manor’s owner, General Edgar Pennington, who disappeared
exactly twelve years before. Everyone hopes to find a clue to where the
general has gone.
Then Josh discovers something in the manor library
that sends him on an adventure of a lifetime – to the land beyond
the cherry tree. Josh’s quest is one of magic, danger and excitement,
true friends and terrifying enemies; a quest to fulfill his own destiny…
Will he ever return from beyond the cherry tree?