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The Night I met Father Christmas by Ben Miller The Night I met Father Christmas by Ben Miller

On Christmas Eve Jackson meets Father Christmas and hears the incredible story of how an elf called Torvil Christmas - a hard, cruel elf who was abandoned at birth – became the kind-hearted Father Christmas spreading love and joy to children all over the world. This magical story of the origins of Father Christmas is the perfect Christmas read, magical, funny, and charming.

 
The Miracle on Ebenezer Street by Catherine Doyle The Miracle on Ebenezer Street by Catherine Doyle

Life has changed for the worse since the death of George’s mum three years ago, and his Dad has zero Christmas spirit. When George stumbles across Marley's Curiosity Shop, he finds a mysterious snow globe, which appears to show a happy family Christmas scene from George's past. That night, George and his dad have a magical Christmas past, present, and future experience and life will never be the same again.
This a charming, modern retelling of the Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol.

 
The Sound of Freedom by Ann Murtagh The Sound of Freedom by Ann Murtagh

History comes to life in this gripping adventure set in 1919 as Ireland’s War of Independence rages. Thirteen-year-old Colm Conneely longs to join the local Volunteers and, caught up in republican fever, he smuggles guns, stands up to the RIC during a house raid and raises the tricolour on a lake island. A passionate musician, he also dreams of a life in America working as a fiddle player. A long-held family secret comes to light, rocks Colm’s world and shows him the way to go.

 
A Place Called Perfect by Helena Duggan A Place Called Perfect by Helena Duggan

The town of Perfect is anything but! Why does everyone have to wear special glasses to stop them going blind? What are the strange noises in the night and why is Mum acting so weird? Then Dad disappears and Violet is determined to uncover the truth with the help of the mysterious Boy. But returning normality to Perfect is a battle they never imagined.
This is the first book of the Perfect trilogy and was read by the Shannon Junior Bookclub for their January 2020 meeting. They found it “creepy and funny and couldn’t wait to read the next book in the series”.

 
The World’s Worst Parents by David Walliams The World’s Worst Parents by David Walliams

Millions of young readers have loved David Walliams World’s Worst Children tales and now he is taking on The Worlds Worst Parents with ten tales of the world’s most spectacularly silly mums and deliriously daft dads including Peter Pong, Harriet Hurry and Monty Monpollize. With vibrant illustrations from the legendary Tony Ross, The World’s Worst Parents is wicked, outrageous and side-splitting reading.

 
The World’s Worst Parents by David Walliams The Unadoptables by Hana Tooke
Published by Puffin in 2020

Amsterdam, Autumn 1880. Five babies are left outside the Little Tulip Orphanage. Cruel matron Elinora Gassbeek deems them “unadoptable” but these special children come together to form their own little family. When matron attempts to sell them off as slave labour they are forced to make a daring escape into the city with only a scrap of a clue to guide them to their mysterious new home.
Full of action, plot twists and really funny, readers of A Series of Unfortunate Events will love this!” - Anna, aged 12, Shannon Library member

 
After the War: From Auschwitz to Ambleside by Tom PalmerAfter the War: From Auschwitz to Ambleside by Tom Palmer
Published by Barrington Stoke in 2020

Inspired by an incredible true story, After the War tells the story of Yossi, Leo and Mordecai who arrive in the English Lake District in the summer of 1945. Having survived the horrors of the Nazi concentration camps, they've finally reached a place of safety and peace, but will life by the beautiful Lake Windermere be enough to bring hope back into all their lives?
This was so sad but a brilliant story, like The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas.”- Anna, aged 12, Shannon Library member

 
Gaelic spirit by Gerard SigginsGaelic spirit by Gerard Siggins
Published by The O'Brien Press in 2020

Sports-mad Eoin Madden is back for his seventh adventure. With no rugby over the summer, he and his friends get involved in Ormondstown GAA club but when his old ghostly friend, Brian Hanrahan along with the ghost of Micheal Hogan, who died in Croke Park on Bloody Sunday, appear it’s clear something is not quite right. Can Eoin stop a modern tragedy unfolding?

 
The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q. Rauf The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q. Rauf
Published by Orion in 2018

There’s a new boy at school, Ahmet, but he never talks or smiles. A group of friends learn he is a refugee, separated from his family and come up with a daring plan to help him. A lively story showing how simple friendship and kindness can triumph in the face of bigotry and racism.

 
Wonderscape by Jennifer BellWonderscape by Jennifer Bell
Published by Walker Books in 2020

When Arthur, Ren and Cecily investigate a mysterious explosion on their way to school, they find themselves lost in the year 2473 in the Wonderscape, an epic in-reality adventure game. They must call on the help of some unlikely historical heroes, to play their way home before time runs out.
Described as “Jumanji meets Ready Player One”, this fast-paced adventure might appeal to gamers.

 

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