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

Orla’s Book of the Month

Title: She Wolf Author: Dan Smith Genre: Middle Grade (9+) to Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Adventure. Review by: Orla (Kildare Town Library) This book is set in the desolate, wintry landscape of Northumbria in 866 AD. We are introduced to Ylva, whose name translates as ‘She Wolf’. A fierce name, for a fierce girl. The book opens with the heartbreaking… Continue reading Orla’s Book of the Month

Book reviews and recommendations, Young Adult 16+

Orla’s YA Book of the Month

Title: Paper Girls (Collected Paperback) Volume 1. Author: Brian K Vaughan and Cliff Chiang Genre: Graphic Fiction, Mystery, Science Fiction. Review by: Orla (Kildare Town Library) The creators of this graphic novel have done a superb job bringing it to life. The colour palette chosen by Matthew Wilson compliments the sharp and detailed drawings by Cliff Chiang and the… Continue reading Orla’s YA Book of the Month

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

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, Young Adult 12-15, Young Adult 16+

Orla’s YA Book of the Month

Title: Boys Don’t Cry Author: Malorie Blackman Genre: YA General Fiction Review: Orla O’ Brien (Kildare Town Library) Synopsis: Bestselling author Malorie Blackman explores the unchartered territory of teenage fatherhood. You're waiting for the postman - he's bringing your A level results. University, a career as a journalist - a glittering future lies ahead. But when the doorbell rings it's… Continue reading Orla’s YA Book of the Month

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

Book reviews and recommendations

Top 4 Irish titles for Children, Young Adults & Adults on Bolinda Borrowbox

By Lorraine Connolly, Leixlip Library Lá Fhéile Pádraig sona duit! We hope you had a wonderful St. Patrick's Day yesterday from all of us here in Leixlip library. To celebrate the day that was in it and to keep the celebrations of all things Irish going a little longer I thought I would gather a… Continue reading Top 4 Irish titles for Children, Young Adults & Adults on Bolinda Borrowbox

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

The Rest Of The Story

Author: Sarah Dessen Genre: Young Adult Fiction Review by: Aoife, Leixlip Library Synopsis: It’s hard not to get caught up in the magic of the Lake – and Saylor finds herself falling under Roo’s spell as well.But when it’s finally time to go back home, which side of Emma Saylor will win?. Review: This book… Continue reading The Rest Of The Story

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

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

Author: Suzanne Collins Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Dystopian/ Contemporary Fantasy/ Science Fiction Review by: Emma, Leixlip Library ★★★★ Synopsis: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes will revisit the world of Panem sixty-four years before the events of The Hunger Games, starting on the morning of the reaping of the Tenth Hunger Games. Ambition will fuel… Continue reading The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes