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Artemis Fowl


COLFER, Eoin

Level 1

ADVENTURE | FANTASY | MAGIC

Colfer’s series is entertaining, full of wacky ideas and strange and hilarious characters. It has been compared to the Harry Potter series—but it’s also a mixture of Fantômas, Arsène Lupin, James Bond, Tomb Raider and Indiana Jones.

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Cirque du Freak


SHAN, Darren

Level 1

HORROR | MYSTERY

This is a fairly creepy series with a lot of interesting ideas. Many young readers have become obsessed with Darren Shan’s books, so this series could be a good way to get kids into reading.

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Noah Barleywater Runs Away


BOYNE, John

Level 1

ADVENTURE | FAMILY | RELATIONSHIPS

This is a delightful fairytale with lots of weird and wacky ideas, full of humour and sadness. Even though Boyne’s writing could be seen as a bit too much like Collodi’s (Carlo Collodi, author of Pinocchio), Noah is a delightful new take on the theme of leaving home.

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Solace of the Road


DOWD, Siobhan

Level 1

GROWING UP | IDENTITY | SUSPENSE

Holly/Solace is both an angry and a quite charming girl. She is coming of age, and this is always tough—even tougher in her case. During her journey, you fear for her, you laugh with her, you’re amazed and you’re worried. Even though much of the plot sounds grim, this is a story with a positive outlook, well-written and featuring a truly interesting character— withdrawn yet self-confident.

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The Giggler Treatment


DOYLE, Roddy

Level 1

FAMILY | HUMOUR

A book about a man about to step into a dog poo? Doyle keeps the suspense building throughout. And he has a brilliantly funny way of telling this story, with plenty of entertaining diversions— and some subtle references for adults to appreciate.

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