Book reviews and recommendations, Borrowbox, Young Adult 12-15, Young Adult 16+

Orla’s YA Book of the Month

Title: The Crossover Author: Kwame Alexander Genre: YA General Fiction Review: Orla O’ Brien (Kildare Town Library) Synopsis: A powerful novel in verse about twin brothers who are rivals both on and off the basketball court. Winner of the Newbery Medal and the Coretta Scott King Honor Award. Review: This is a captivating verse novel, which means it is written… Continue reading Orla’s YA Book of the Month

Book reviews and recommendations, Borrowbox, Young Adult 12-15, Young Adult 16+

Book Review: Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

Title: Just Listen Author: Sarah Dessen Genre: Young Adult Fiction Review by: Chantelle, LCA Intern for Library HQ Synopsis: When Annabel, the youngest of three beautiful sisters, has a bitter falling out with her best friend, (the popular and exciting Sophie) she suddenly finds herself isolated and friendless. But then she meets Owen, a loner,… Continue reading Book Review: Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

Adult Fiction, Book reviews and recommendations, Borrowbox, Young Adult 16+

Book Review: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Title: The Hating Game Author: Sally Thorne Genre: Romance, contemporary novel. Review by: Chantelle, LCA Intern for Library HQ Synopsis: Lucy Hutton, charmer, assistant and professional "Nice girl", is waging war. She's got the entire office on her side except tall, dark and charmless, Joshua Templeman. He's been nothing but hostile since the moment they… Continue reading Book Review: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Adult Fiction, Book reviews and recommendations, Borrowbox, Young Adult 16+

Book Review: I Heard the Owl Call My Name by Margaret Craven

Title: I Heard The Owl Call My Name Author: Margaret Craven Genre: Drama, Adult Fiction. Review by: Chantelle, LCA Intern for Library HQ Synopsis: This novel tells the story of a young Anglican Vicar named Mark Brian who is sent to a very remote parish in British Columbia. Unbeknownst to him, he is dying and… Continue reading Book Review: I Heard the Owl Call My Name by Margaret Craven

Adult Fiction, Book reviews and recommendations, Borrowbox, Young Adult 12-15, Young Adult 16+

Book Review: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Title: The Outsiders Author: S.E. Hinton Genre: Young Adult Fiction. Review by: Chantelle, LCA Intern for Library HQ Synopsis: The Socs or "Socials", and the "Greasers" are rival gangs from the opposite side of town. The Socs' idea of a good time is cruising around in their flashy cars and beating up long-haired Greasers like… Continue reading Book Review: The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Book reviews and recommendations, Borrowbox, Children 10-12, Young Adult 12-15

Book Review: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Title: Wonder Author: R.J. Palacio Genre: Children's literature, Fiction. Review by: Chantelle, LCA Intern for Library HQ Synopsis: My name is August. I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse…… Review: August Pullman is a ten year old boy. He's as average as every other ten year old kid you… Continue reading Book Review: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Borrowbox, Digital Services, Young Adult 12-15

Young Adult Groups at Kildare Libraries

Teens are often the hardest age category to engage in reading or attending the library, so Kildare Libraries works extra hard to facilitate the Teens that do want to have a place they can talk about reading or indeed writing. At present, Kildare Libraries have three online book clubs and one teen writing group, all… Continue reading Young Adult Groups at Kildare Libraries

Book reviews and recommendations, Borrowbox, Young Adult 12-15, Young Adult 16+

Orla’s YA Book of the Month

Title: Apple and Rain Author: Sarah Crossan Genre: YA General Fiction Review: Orla O’ Brien (Kildare Town Library) Synopsis: A stunning novel from Carnegie-shortlisted author Sarah Crossan; moving and beautifully crafted, it explores the bond between daughters and mothers, forgiveness and the healing power of words. Review: The social pecking order at school can prey a lot on a teenager’s… Continue reading Orla’s YA Book of the Month

Book reviews and recommendations, Borrowbox, Children 10-12, Young Adult 12-15

Book Review: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Title: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Author: J.K. Rowling Genre: Fantasy Fiction, Children's Fiction. Review: Chantelle, LCA Intern for Library HQ Synopsis: Turning the envelope over, his hand trembling, Harry saw a purple wax seal bearing  a coat of arms; a lion, an eagle, a badger and a snake surrounding a large letter "H" ……..Harry… Continue reading Book Review: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Book reviews and recommendations, Borrowbox, Young Adult 12-15

Orla’s YA Book of the Month

Title: The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole 13 3/4 Author:  Sue Townsend Genre: YA General Fiction Review: by Orla O’ Brien (Kildare Town Library) Synopsis: Meet Adrian Mole, a hapless teenager providing an unabashed, pimples-and-all glimpse into adolescent life. Writing candidly about his parents' marital troubles, the dog, his life as a tortured poet and 'misunderstood intellectual', Adrian's painfully honest… Continue reading Orla’s YA Book of the Month