Childrens Books Ireland Recommend 12-14

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Lost for Words

Walsh, Aoife
Dallas's life was turned upside down the day her mum was killed in a traffic accident. Now she lives with her brothers, step-sister and her mum's partner Gemma in a too-small house filled with bickering and grief. As the end of primary school approaches, Dallas learns that the local library has run out of funding and will soon be closing.

Mera: Tidebreaker

Paige, Danielle

Mother Tongue (Wordsmith II)

Forde, Patricia
The sequel to the award-winning post-apocalypic novel The Wordsmith. There's a new new leader of Ark and the battle to save language, art and music is far from over.


Sheppard, Alexandra
Helen Thomas has just moved in with her dad's family - who happen to be the ancient Greek gods, living incognito in London! Between keeping her family's true identities secret, and dealing with school drama (i.e., boys), is Helen fated for an epic embarrassment?


Simpson, Darren
Landfill has lived his whole life as a scavenger, running with wooflers, swimming with turtles and feasting on fresh gull. Old Babagoo has always looked after him, on one condition - follow his rules. NEVER COME LOOKING OUTSIDE. NEVER RISE ABOVE THE WALL. But despite the dangers, Landfill longs to see Outside. And some rules are made to be broken.


Mendoza, Molly
A stunning, other-worldly graphic novel that traverses dimensions as its two central characters learn and overcome their flaws and insecurities.

Skulduggery Pleasant (12) — Bedlam TPB

The 12th explosive novel in the internationally bestselling Skulduggery Pleasant series, BEDLAM will blow your mind – and change everything…

The Boy in the Black Suit

Reynolds, Jason
Matt wears a black suit every day. But he wears the suit for his gig at the local funeral home, which pays way better than the Cluck Bucket, and he needs the income since his dad can't handle the bills (or anything, really) on his own. So while Dad's snagging bottles of whiskey, Matt's snagging fifteen bucks an hour.

The Cantankerous Molly Darling

Carragher, Alvy
Perfect for fans of Louise Rennison! Molly Darling wants life to be as simple as wellies and porridge - but her family is coming apart at the seams, and to top it all off, the chickens are missing. It's enough to make any girl cantankerous. But ... she'll fix it all. Easy, right?

The Collective

Whitlock, Lindsey

The Endsister

Russon, Penni
Unforgettable characters, chaotic family life and an intriguing ghost story combine in this funny, absorbing tale of a family who inherit a mansion on the other side of the world.

The M Word - Dublin Author

From Costa award winner Brian Conaghan comes an unforgettable novel about grief and healing that is full of humour, warmth, love, sadness and perseverance. Brian Conaghan was born and raised in the Scottish town of Coatbridge but now lives in Dublin. We Come Apart, a verse novel co-authored with Carnegie Medal winner Sarah Crossan, won the 2018 UKLA Book Award, and his fourth novel, The Weight of a Thousand Feathers, won the 2018 Irish Book Award for Teen & Young Adult Book of the Year. @BrianConaghan