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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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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
“Full of action, plot twists and really funny, readers of A Series of Unfortunate Events will love this!” - Anna, aged 12, Shannon Library member
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
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?
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.
When Arthur, Ren and Cecily investigate a mysterious explosion
on their way to school, they find themselves lost in the year 2473 in the
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.