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Junior Book Club

Thursday, 13 May 2010

On Tuesday last, Katriona McFadden met some book lovers from second class at Holy Family Askea Boys' School, Askea, Co. Carlow to talk about their favourite books.
Today she will speak about her top 5 books for children for the summer.

Katriona McFadden

Katriona McFadden is a researcher and reporter with RTÉ Radio One; she's currently working on the Mooney Show. She's also involved with the kids digital radio station RTÉ Junior. Katriona comes from Milford in Co Donegal originally where her Mum, Dad and brother still live. She has a BA Journalism from DCU. She's been with RTÉ since leaving college in 2001 and has worked in a variety of roles including presenting her own 6-part television show Community Challenge in 2006. She also presented kids shows Out With The Kids and The Funday Show on RTÉ Radio One.

Katriona's 5 top picks for this month!

Picture Book:

The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland, €7.70 Paperback

A charming story about four little friends and a very cranky bear, when zebra, lion, moose and sheep discover a warm and cosy cave to play in they wake up one very angry cranky bear. As each animal tries to give bear the gifts that make them happy, one very thoughtful little sheep comes up with the best solution.

Early Readers:

Horrid Henry's Football Kit by Francesca Simon, €10.99

Re-released in time for the World Cup. Bumper pack, including Horrid Henry and the Football Fiend, as well as the Horrid Henry Joke Book and free card game and football quiz and inflatable football. Laugh along with Henry as he tries by any means necessary to win the class football match and defeat Moody Margaret; reads Perfect Peter's diary and improves it; goes clothes shopping with Mum and tries to make her buy him some Rootatoot trainers; and is horrified when his old enemy Bossy Bill turns up at school.

8+ Readers:

The Underneath by Kathi Appelt Paperback £5.99

When an abandoned cat, about to have kittens, hears the lonely howl of a chained-up, hound dog, she seeks him out and this unlikely duo create their own little family. Living underneath the porch of an old house deep in the American bayou, the kittens are safe as long as they stay in the Underneath. But it's a dangerous world out there and one kitten's moment of curiosity sets off an astonishing chain of events. This is a brilliant tale about an old, beaten-down hound dog and the felines he loves. Appelt also manages to weave in an almost entirely separate folktale of a miserable, bitter, shape-shifting snake but makes it fit into the overall telling of the story. This is an amazing story!

10+ Readers:

Unhooking the Moon by Gregory Hughes Paperback £6.99

This is a very well written book and has a great 'Road Trip' style plot to it. Meet 'Rat' a ten year old girl who has the ability to see into the future. When she foresees her father's death, she picks up her football and decides to head for New York with her older brother Bob in tow. Bob is determined to find their uncle in America and discover a new life for them both. On their adventures across the flatlands of Winnipeg and through the exciting streets of New York, Bob and the Rat make friends with a hilarious con man and a famous rap star, and escape numerous dangers. But is their Uncle a rich business man, or is the word on the street, that he something more sinister, true? And will they ever find him? Hughes has created a funny, warm, unique world that lives and breathes. Like I Capture the Castle, Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Curious Incident, Hughes' story and characters will resonate for many and for years to come.

Teen Readers:

Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness Paperback £10.99

Final book in the Chaos Walking Trilogy. Very eagerly awaited. Set in a sinister world where men can hear each others thoughts, this is an epic, unflinching tale about the devastating realities of war. Since first publication in 2008, Chaos Walking has won seven major awards, won critical acclaim from every national newspaper and is already being heralded as the literary sensation of the decade.
In Monsters of Men, Todd and Viola face monstrous decisions as a world-ending war surges to life around them. The indigenous Spackle, thinking and acting as one, have mobilised to avenge their murdered people. Ruthless human leaders prepare to defend their factions at all costs, even as a convoy of new settlers approaches. And all the time, the ceaseless Noise lays all thoughts bare. The consequences of each action, each word, are unspeakably vast: to follow a tyrant or a terrorist? To save the life of the one you love most, or thousands of strangers? Todd and Viola are left questioning all they have known, as they hurtle towards a shocking finale. Mega wow, amazing writing.

Books kindly supplied by Dubray books