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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.

Blood Brother Swan Sister

by Eithne Massey


Four children have to choose sides in this magical retelling of the Battle of Clontarf


This enchanting adventure takes place exactly 1000 years ago, in the days immediately before the Battle of Clontarf. It's the story of four children whose lives unexpectedly cross in a most surprising manner!

Elva's big sister Arna often mysteriously disappears from their house late at night, while Dara and his father are marching from Munster to join Brian Boru's army. Skari and his clan set sail from the Orkney Islands to fight for King Sitric of Dublin. There is tension is in the air as the battle date approaches. Everyone is on tenterhooks as a battle this large fills them all with trepidation.

Eithne Massey masterfully builds up the tension as the day of battle dawns. Her previous books include The Silver Stag of Bunratty, The Secret of Kells and Where the Stones Sing. I really, really enjoyed this mystical, intriguing story of adventure and magic. This is a must-read for everyone aged 10 and over.

- Vivienne Luke, Dubray Books Rathmines

2014 Choices

  • The Cunning Plan

    The Cunning Plan
    Caryl Hart

    Paperback · 06 Mar 2014 · €6.90
    Our Price: €5.99

    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 · €15.20
    Our Price: €10.99

    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!

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Blood Brother Swan Sister jacket

Blood Brother Swan Sister
by Eithne Massey

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