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Wednesday, 23 January 2008

Its book worm time and Katriona McFadden is here with our monthly junior book worms and a selection of great reads for all ages.

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.

Under 5s
Fancy Nancy (Jane O Connor)  R.R.P. €7.99

There have been 4 Fancy Nancy books published in the U.S. but this is the first one to make it to Ireland. Meet Nancy, who believes that more is ALWAYS better when it comes to being fancy. From the top of her tiara down to her sparkly studded shoes, Nancy is determined to teach her family a thing or two about being fancy. How Nancy transforms her parents and little sister for one enchanted evening makes for a story that is funny and warm -- with or without the frills.

Airman ( Eoin Colfer )   R.R.P. €12.99       Age 9+

Wexford author of best-selling Artemis Fowl. Book set in Ireland in 1890s. Intended for slightly older age group than Artemis Fowl. Wonderful coming-of-age story of a young man with a scientific mind and a dream of being the first man to fly. Trained in science, fencing, martial arts, and raised with a high education, our young hero Conn, while saving his princess damsel from death, soon is betrayed and framed for murder and sent to prison where there he plots escape and spends years inventing his future dream machine. Great characters of good and bad, high action and adventure, a little romance, and lots of cool flying.

Urgent Message Of Wowness ( Karen Mccombie )      R.R.P. €12.15   Age 7+

McCombie wrote the Ally's World series.
Somebody stop the mayhem. Heather thinks everyone in her family comes from Planet Perfect. Everyone except her, that is. Then dad drops a bombshell, and the world turns upside down. Life's become surprising, exciting and just a little bit mad - but is this topsy-turvy new family somewhere Heather can fit in?
Written in a half-novel/half-diary sort of way.

Book Thief ( Markus Zusak )       R.R.P. €8.99

Out in paperback. Death himself narrates the World War II-era story of Liesel Meminger from the time she is taken, at age nine, to live in Molching, Germany, with a foster family in a working-class neighborhood of tough kids, acid-tongued mothers, and loving fathers who earn their living by the work of their hands. The child arrives having just stolen her first book-although she has not yet learned how to read-and her foster father uses it, The Gravediggers Handbook, to lull her to sleep when shes roused by regular nightmares about her younger brothers death. Across the ensuing years of the late 1930s and into the 1940s, Liesel collects more stolen books as well as a peculiar set of friends: the boy Rudy, the Jewish refugee Max, the mayors reclusive wife (who has a whole library from which she allows Liesel to steal), and especially her foster parents. Zusak not only creates a mesmerizing and original story but also writes with poetic syntax, causing readers to deliberate over phrases and lines, even as the action impels them forward. Death is not a sentimental storyteller, but he does attend to an array of satisfying details, giving Liesels story all the nuances of chance, folly, and fulfilled expectation that it deserves. An extraordinary narrative

Classic book                                                        Price 23.20
Secret Garden ( Frances Hodgson Burnett )
It will be 100 years old next year!
Particularly beautiful hardback edition out at the minute.