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Junior Book Club - Demon Apocalypse

Thursday, 15 November 2007

Katriona McFadden is here with our monthly junior book club!

Katriona McFadden
Book Club Chair

Katriona 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 a10 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.

Demon Apocalypse - Darren Shan  R.R.P €12.99
Fire! It's all around me, fierce, intense, out of control. I feel the hair on my arms singe and know I have only seconds before I burst into flames. Total panic. There's a horrible shrieking sound, piercing and destructive. My eardrums and eyeballs should burst. "It's hell!" I moan.

One boy's life ripped to shreds before his eyes. . .
One wrathful demon master hellbent on revenge. . .
An army of grisly Demonata on the rampage. . .

It's the end of the world as we know it. . .
Demon Apocalypse is the sixth book in Darren Shan's The Demonata series, and the concluding part of a two part story, which started with book five, Blood Beast. It is narrated by Grubbs Grady, the main protagonist of the series. Darren Shan released the title of the book on the 29th of September 2007 at the Bath Festival of Children's Literature.

Shan wished that nothing about this book, not even the title, be known to the public until late September, close to the book's release. This is the first time this has happened with any of the Darren Shan books, possibly initiated by the recent popularity increase in the author's works

About the author
Darren O'Shaughnessy was born on 2 July 1972 in London. After starting school at the age of three, he moved to Limerick with his parents and younger brother. He went back to London to study Sociology/English at college. Darren worked for a cable television company for 2 years before setting up as a full time writer. He had his first taste of literary success aged 15 when he was runner-up in a television script-writing competition with a comedy script titled, 'Day in the Morgue'. Darren completed his first book aged 17.

A big film buff, he also reads lots of adult-orientated indy comics. Other interests include long walks, outdoor swimming, watching and discussing football, scuba-diving.and dreaming up new ways to terrify his readers! 'Cirque Du Freak' was Darren's first children's book. It is about something out of the ordinary, but set against the background of children's normal lives to chilling effect. J.K Rowling describes it as, 'A compelling book.a plot full of twists which leaves the reader hungry for more.' The Times Educational Supplement describe the book as, 'a compelling page-turner.'

When interviewed in T2, Darren comments, 'It's not a book that sets out to be frightening for the sake of it. Dark things happen, but they happen for a reason, and there are definitely repercussions.' Since then, Darren has completed the 12-book Saga, which has sold over ten milliion copies, been translated into twenty languages and available in over 30 countries.
His follow-up series - The Demonata - took Darren into hardback for the first time and is proving to be an even bigger hit with the Shansters, as his fans are known. Book six of the ten-book series was unveiled as a world exclusive at the first Bath Festival of Children's Literature in 2007. And there are plenty more chills still to come.              (Source:

Script: If you want to go undercover in a poisonous world, teen spy Alex Rider is back for his seventh adrenalin-rush adventure - to choose Snakehead by Anthony Horowitz text Book A.

Alex Rider's profile and sales have never been higher: Stormbreaker the movie was released in cinemas and on DVD in 2006; and an unprecedented seven Alex Rider titles were in the Top 20 children's chart in August 2006. Ten million Alex Rider books sold worldwide.

Script: If you want to choose this beautiful hardback with everything you have ever wanted to know about High School Musical in a fun scrapbook format text Book B.

This is a beautiful hardback gift book for Christmas. A bit like Dragonology/ Wizardology etc it's a big scrapbook full of pop-ups, ID cards, ticket stubs, letters from the High School Musical characters.

Script: If like Lyra in The Golden Compass you want to be catapulted into the heart of a terrible struggle forced to seek help from formidable armored bears text Book C.

This book was written ten years ago and is simply brilliant. It's being re-released now ahead of the movie that's coming out on Dec 5th (London Premiere Dec 3rd) Think Lord of the Rings/Narnia. It's original name in Ireland and the UK was Northern Lights but it was released everywhere else as Golden Compass.
How to vote
To vote for your favourite book, just call 1512 71 70 71 and follow the instructions. Or you can simply text BOOK A, BOOK B or BOOK C to 53555.                                  Texts and calls cost 25cent.    

Lines Open: Thursday 15th November @ 3pm

Lines Close: 3.45pm Friday
Winner announced after 4pm on Friday's show (16th November'07)