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Junior Bookclub - April

Thursday, 19 April 2007


Today our bookclub are reviewing the fantastic Chestnut Hill by Lauren Brook.

Katriona McFadden - Book Club Chair:

Katriona McFadden has been working as a reporter with RTÉ Radio since 2001.

Most recently she has worked as a roving reporter with The Tubridy Show and from September she will work as a reporter on the new RTÉ Radio 1 weekday drive-time programme. She joined RTÉ Radio after completing a B.A. in Journalism at DCU.  To date she has worked as a researcher and reporter on Five Seven Live and a newspaper reviewer on RTÉ 2fm's The Full Irish. 

She has co-produced and co-presented a 10 part series on the EU accession countries and her documentary Five Days in Tallinn was broadcast in December 2003.  She also produced and presented the children's radio programme The Funday Show.In 2002 Katriona spent some time working as a researcher on The Late Late Show. Katriona hails from Milford in Co Donegal, where her parents Michael and Kathleen continue to live with her brother Nicholas.

Kids Bookclub
This month's reviewers are pupils of the Pelletstown Riding School in Drumree, Co Meath

Megan Evans (11)
Meagan is in 5th class in St Marys in Trim. Her hobbies are horse riding, football, gaelic and hurling. Her pets include her horse and 2 cats. She has an older brother and a younger sister. She loves reading Pony Club books so Chestnut Hill is right up her alley.

Georgina Ward (10)
A very chatty character Georgina has been horse riding from a very young age. She has her own pony and takes great interest in looking after it. She has 2 older sisters and is in 5th class at St Brigids National School in Castleknock - she's the only 'Dub' in the group.

Annie Donegan (11)
Annie is in 5th class in Kilbride National School, Co Meath. She has 2 younger sisters and one older sister. She enjoys art and English. She loves reading and her favourite books are Harry Potter and the Jane Curtain. Her hobbies are playing hockey and golf. She has a cat, dog and her sister has a pony.

Niamh Keane (11)
Niamh is in 5th class at Rathregan National School in Batterstown. She has been horse riding for 3 years and also enjoys football, karate and camogie. At school she loves English and spellings and in her spare time enjoys the Molly Moon Books. She has no pets and 2 older sisters and one younger brother.

Book Being Reviewed On Today's Show:
Chestnut Hill by Lauren Brooke
Welcome to Chestnut Hill, a prestigious boarding school with a rich tradition of academics, horses, and rivalry. This year, five girls from different backgrounds will challenge the Chestnut Hill stereotype. There's witty, spunky Dylan; secretive Malory; western tomboy Lani; Honey, the soft-spoken Brit; and polished New Yorker Razina. None is prepared for the social or riding rigors, and they all doubt they will fit in -- certainly not if queen bee Lynsey and her clique have any say. But if this unlikely fivesome can band together, they may prove themselves the true stars of Chestnut Hill.

About The Author
Lauren Brooke is the author of two series of books targeted at pre-adolescent girls who are horse fanciers, the "Heartland" and "Chestnut Hill" series.

Brooke was born in England, but spent lots of her time in the United States, particularly in Virginia. She rode horses before she could walk and owned a naughty, Welsh Mountain pony by the name of Perky. Brooke applies what she reads to her books. Her husband is a psychologist, Lauren chose to use his work on horses. She also likes to explore the complex emotions of humans, like grief, loss, and pain. "There aren't any plans to make a film of Heartland, but things may change in the future, who knows."

Brooke also authors the Chestnut Hill series, which is about a group of horse-loving girls who band together in friendship. Team Spirit is the 7th book in the series.

For More Information
The Pelletstown Riding School, Pelletstown, Drumree, Co Meath. Ph: 01-8259435