A dangerous crossing by Jane Mitchell

a dangerous crossingNew in our children's section is A dangerous crossing, One boy's flight out of Syria by Jane Mitchell.Ghalib doesn’t want to leave his home, but Syria has become too dangerous, and his family has no choice but to flee. Together they start out on a terrible journey that leads them through dark and dangerous places. They come under fire; they are fleeced by illegal border-breakers; they experience the wretched and hopeless life of a refugee camp. And they still have to face the perils of a voyage in a boat that is far from seaworthy.Based on the experiences of real Syrian families, A Dangerous Crossing is a story of bravery and solidarity in the face of despair.Endorsed by Amnesty International and highly recommended bu our children's section manager Mary, the book is available in store for €9.50. For more information, or to reserve a copy, simply contact us.

The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan

20160810_135622We now have The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan in stock on bargain book!Armed with a suitcase and an old laundry bag, Kasienka and her mother head for England. Life is lonely for Kasienka. At home her mother's heart is breaking; at school friends are scarce. But when someone special swims into her life, Kasienka learns that there might be more than one way for her to stay afloat.Written in free-verse, this is a unique and utterly beautiful novel. Kasienka's story is a heartbreaking coming of age which deals with issues of immigration, bullying and finding your place in the world. This spellbinding story for teens comes highly recommended from our children's section manager Ruth and is particularly recommended for students who struggle to have an interest in poetry.The Weight of Water is available in store for only €6. For more information, or to reserve a copy, simply contact us.

Caramel Hearts by E.R. Murray

caramel heartsNew in our children's section is Caramel Hearts by Elizabeth Rose Murray. This is Murray's first book for Young Adults following the success of her first novel The Book of Learning, which is a firm favourite at Charlie Byrne's.Liv Bloom's life is even more complicated than that of your average fourteen-year-old: her father walked out on the family when she was young, her mother is in a recovery centre for alcoholics and her older sister is struggling to step into Mam's shoes. The only person she can turn to is her best friend Sarah, who gets out of scrapes at school and is a constant source of advice and companionship.One day Liv discovers a book of recipes written in her mum's handwriting, which sets her off on a journey towards self-discovery and reconciliation - but a theft, a love rivalry and a school bully are just some of the many obstacles on the way.Structured around real recipes, Caramel Hearts is a coming-of-age novel about love, disappointment and hope, and discovering the true value of friends and family, no matter how dysfunctional they are.What's better than reading books? Reading books with delicious snacks of course! With ten fantastic recipes inside for tasty treats like Rocky Road, flourless chocolate cake, and even caramel hearts, this book is both a recipe book and an touching story. Murray deals with tough topics such as bullying and addiction in an honest way that doesn't condescend and also presents a very realistic portrayal of sisterly love. A heartbreaking and heart-warming story from a fantastic Irish children's writer.Caramel Hearts is available at Charlie Byrne's for €10.20. For more information on this book, or to reserve a copy, simply contact us.Check out E.R. Murray's website here.

Easter Recommended Reading for Kids

20160322_160831Extended Easter holidays are the perfect chance to get kids reading! With this in mind, our children's section manager Ruth has put together a whole shelf of recommended books to keep kids busy during the holidays. 20160322_160836For teenagers and young adults we have, One by Sarah Crossan, My Name's Not Friday by Jon Walter, Uglies by Scott Westerfield, Only Ever Yours by Louise O'Neill, BZRK by Michael Grant, Divergent by Veronica Roth, Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman, A Song For Ella Grey by David Almond, Refugee Boy by Benjamin Zephaniah, Everything Everything by Jennifer Yoon and More Than This by Patrick Ness.20160322_160846For developing or confident readers, The Wordsmith by Patricia Forde, Gangsta Granny by David Walliams, Clockwork Sparrow by Katherine Woodfine, The Last Wild by Piers Torday, Tom's Midnight Garden by Phillipa Pearce,  The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Expuery, Nelly and the Quest for Captain Peabody by Roland Chambers, Dr. Proctor's Fart Powder by Jo Nesbo, Total Football by Alan Gibbons, Princess DisGrace by Lou Keuzler, Name Upon Name by Sheena Wilkinson, Matilda by Roald Dahl, Charlotte's Web by E.B. White, Knights of the Borrowed Dark by Dave Rudden and Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo.20160322_160855For younger readers who aren't reading independently, The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton, It's a Book by Lane Smith, Monstersauras by Claire Freedman and Ben Court and Hector and the Big Bad Knight by Alex T. Smith, are all guaranteed to keep little ones entertained!Ruth is, of course, always happy to give you a personal reading recommendation, so if you're in a reading slump make sure you pop in, she'll be sure to find you something!For more information on any of these titles, or other children's books, simply contact us.