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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.

Balaclava Boy

by Jenny Robson


Balaclava Boy isn't just about a boy who wears a balaclava. It's about fitting in, bullying and deciding not to follow the crowd, and is told both with humour and without preaching.


  • Balaclava Boy

    Balaclava Boy
    Jenny Robson

    Paperback · 03 Jul 2014 · €6.90
    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.

Tommy is more than just the new boy at school: he's the new boy who wears a different balaclava to school each day. As a result, no one has ever seen his face or knows exactly what he looks like – or even why he wears the balaclavas. It doesn't take long for the students of Grade Four to claim they know the real reason but their sometimes sneaky attempts to find out why take a back seat once the Grade Five bullies finally notice Tommy. His classmates soon come to understand that it's not really that important why Tommy wears the balaclava. However, none of them are prepared for what they hear once Tommy tells them the truth!

Balaclava Boy successfully deals with serious topics like fitting in, bullying and deciding not to follow the crowd, and does so both with humour and without preaching. It's brilliant for readers aged 7 and up.

- Helen Corcoran, Grafton Street

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    Brilliant
    Roddy Doyle

    Hardback · 08 May 2014 · €15.20
    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 · €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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Balaclava Boy
by Jenny Robson

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