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The Hobbit

Author: J. R. R. Tolkien Reviewed by: Aoife Kerr, Leixlip library A reluctant partner in this perilous quest is Bilbo Baggins, a comfort-loving unambitious hobbit, who surprises even himself by his resourcefulness and skill as a burglar. Encounters with trolls, goblins, dwarves, elves and giant spiders, conversations with the dragon, Smaug, and a rather unwilling… Continue reading The Hobbit

Book reviews and recommendations, Children 10-12

The Pearl In The Ice

Author: Cathryn Constable Reviewed by Elaine Patterson, Newbridge Branch. Age Rating: for children aged 8 to 12. Marina's father, a naval captain, has been away for most of her life - certainly since her mother died - and yet Marina feels the pull of an ocean she's never known. When sent to boarding school to… Continue reading The Pearl In The Ice

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A Pinch Of Magic

Author: Michelle Harrison Reviewed by: Aisling Kelly, Maynooth Library Betty Widdershins and her two sisters Fliss & Charlie livein Crowstone, a bleak and oppressive Island surrounded by marshes, grey skies and muddy waters. They live with their cranky grandmother at their family owned pub “ThePoachers Pocket”. Betty is determined that there is moreto the world… Continue reading A Pinch Of Magic