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Each month we pick the new children's book that we think stands out from the herd, books that are destined to become the classics for this generation and generations to come, in short, books that we are mad about.

Beyond the Stars

edited by Sarah Webb


The most wondrous collection of stories. A world of fantasy and reality, of hopes and dreams, of struggle and triumph is waiting for you Beyond the Stars.


  • Beyond the Stars

    Beyond the Stars
    Sarah Webb

    Hardback · 09 Oct 2014 · €18.50
    Our Price: €14.99

    A collection of short stories from a stellar line-up of Irish authors and illustrators, edited by bestselling author Sarah Webb. The anthology is completed by a final winter-themed tale from the winner of HarperCollins' competition for young writers, which will be illustrated by Irish Children's Laureate, Niamh Sharkey.

A world of fantasy and reality, of hopes and dreams, of struggle and triumph is waiting for you Beyond the Stars. Twenty-three of the very best Irish authors and illustrators have come together to take you on journeys of imagination and wonder. Join the first dogs to venture into space. Encounter the enchantment that lies within a beautiful snow globe. Enter an epic battle between humans and alien monsters. Discover myths, legends, war, crime sprees...and everyday life. And the ice fairies: remember to believe in the ice fairies! Here you will find the work of Oisín McGann, Judi Curtin, Siobhán Parkinson, Celine Kiernan, Eoin Colfer, Roddy Doyle and Derek Landy – to name but a few. A very special tale, created by young competition winner Emma Brade and illustrated by Niamh Sharkey, is the crowning achievement.

This is a book no shelf should be without. Absolutely filled from cover to cover, this is the most wondrous collection of stories. Get swept away Beyond the Stars!

- Mary Esther Judy, Galway

2014 Choices

  • Cakes in Space

    Cakes in Space
    Philip Reeve

    Hardback · 04 Sep 2014 · €12.80

    Astra's ship is in trouble. There's something very sinister lurking in the canteen. A cakey monstrosity on the war path. And then there's the Poglites - a space salvage crew who have invaded the ship in their quest for spoonage! Astra and her robot friend Pilbeam are the only things standing in the way of the ship's destruction!

  • Balaclava Boy

    Balaclava Boy
    Jenny Robson

    Paperback · 03 Jul 2014 · €7.15
    Our Price: €5.99

    Why is the new boy at school wearing a balaclava? The other kids are intrigued and come up with all sorts of theories, but every single one is wrong. As their curiosity grows, Tommy's new friends think of a plan to reveal his secret, but you'll never guess what it is. Short novel with an intriguing story.

  • Brilliant

    Brilliant
    Roddy Doyle

    Hardback · 08 May 2014 · €15.65
    Our Price: €10.99

    A 'brilliant' middle-grade, magical adventure from the world-famous author of The Commitments and The Guts.

  • The Cunning Plan

    The Cunning Plan
    Caryl Hart

    Paperback · 06 Mar 2014 · €7.15

    From two of the hottest new talents around comes a crazy new series bursting with ridiculous scrapes and slapstick humour.

  • Gigantosaurus

    Gigantosaurus
    Jonny Duddle

    Hardback · 01 Feb 2014 · €15.65

    All young dinosaurs are warned about the scary Gigantosaurus. So Bonehead volunteers to be the dino-kids lookout. Unfortunately, he is the original boy-dinosaur who cried wolf, or in this case, GIGANTOSAURUS! Finally, Bonehead's friends refuse to believe his warnings and the Gigantosaurus really turns up!

  • Danger is Everywhere: A Handbook for Avoiding Danger

    Danger is Everywhere: A Handbook for Avoiding Danger
    David O Doherty

    Paperback · 07 Aug 2014 · €11.35
    Our Price: €8.99

    Does it warn you about what to do if a shark comes up out of the loo while you are sitting on it? Yes it does. And how to find out if your granny is a robot? That too. And what to do if a volcano erupts underneath your house? This book deals with these questions.

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Beyond the Stars
by Sarah Webb

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