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Book Worms April 08

Monday, 28 April 2008

Katriona McFadden Profile:
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.


Katriona's Top 5 Book Recommendations for the month of April:

For the Under 5s
The Pigeon Wants a Puppy By Mo Willems

The Pigeon really, really, REALLY wants a puppy. C'mon, he'll take good care of it! He'll play tennis with it, and water it at least once a month!

Will you let the Pigeon's dream come true? In this fourth entry in the best-selling Pigeon series, this now-classic character has his funniest star turn yet.

R.R.P. €9.50


- For Boys
Captain Underpants and the Preposterous Plight of the Purple Potty People By Dav Pilkey

The wait is over. Dav Pilkey's beloved Captain Underpants returns to face his nemesis - the evil Captain Blunderpants - with the help of two new superheroes, Great-Granny Girdle and Boxer Boy.

R.R.P. €12.86


- For Girls
Bonjour Alice By Judi Curtain

Ancient castles, yummy French food and deep, dark forests - sounds like the perfect holiday!
Megan's really looking forward to the summer holidays - her whole family are going to France, and best of all Alice is coming too! But when Alice tries to make friends with a local French boy things begin to get very interesting .
Another adventure with Alice and Megan - the fifth book in the bestselling series popular with young girls everywhere.

R.R.P. €7.99

- For Teens
Death's Shadow By Darren Shan

"I'm a human sponge - I soak up memories. I feel like a thief, stealing secrets with an innocent touch. I don't like this gift. It's intrusive and sneaky. I think it's harmless, but I can't be sure. If knowledge is power, why do I feel so alone.?"

The apocalypse came and the world burned. But it wasn't the end, and out of the destruction, new life has emerged. Bec is back to face the Demonata. After centuries of imprisonment, she's more powerful than ever, but the demons no longer stand alone.

Something else has crawled out of the darkness with her. Lord Loss is no longer humanity's greatest threat.

R.R.P. €14.50


- Classic
Prince Caspian By C.S. Lewis


The Narnia Chronicles, first published in 1950, remain some of the most enduringly popular ever published. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, has been translated into 29 languages! The illustrations in this book have been coloured by the original artist, Pauline Baynes. Now published with the original cover, as designed by Pauline Baynes. "Look sharp!" shouted Edmund. "All catch hands and keep together. This is magic -- I can tell by the feeling!" Prince Caspian is in terrible danger when his wicked uncle, King Miraz, decides to get rid of the young heir to the throne. In desperation, Caspian blows the magic horn, calling on Peter, Susan, Lucy and Edmund in Narnia's hour of need. This is the fourth adventure in the exciting Chronicles of Narnia.

R.R.P. €10

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