Book reviews and recommendations, Young Adult 12-15, Young Adult 14+, Young Adult 16+

Orla’s YA Book of the Month

Title: Frozen Charlotte Author: Alex Bell Genre: Young Adult, Horror. Review by: Orla (Kildare Town Library) If you are easily scared then this book is not for you! However, if you are a Horror fan, and love a good psychological thriller, then read on. This is easily one of the creepiest books I’ve ever read. The twists weren’t obvious… Continue reading Orla’s YA Book of the Month

Book reviews and recommendations, Young Adult 16+

Orla’s Book of the Month

Title: Heartstopper Volume 1 Author: Alice Oseman Genre: LGBTQIA, Comic, Young Adult Ages 15-17. Review by: Orla (Kildare Town Library) The name Heartstopper suits this comic series very well. It is done so exquisitely you sometimes think your heart will stop or skip a beat. The tender story is achingly hard to read at times. It tugs at your… Continue reading Orla’s Book of the Month

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

Orla’s YA Book of the Month

Title: Back on Track Author: Michael Burton Genre: Young Adult Non-Fiction. Review by: Orla (Kildare Town Library) Covid-19 has turned society on its head. It is especially difficult for young people attending secondary school. The disruptions of lockdowns and home-schooling has made learning the curriculum chaotic. Uncertain turbulent times have disrupted routines and structures. Throwing in the elements of… Continue reading Orla’s YA Book of the Month

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