The book is set in Glensinna, a place inhabited by red foxes only. They have all heard about the legend of Sionnach the Great White fox which is said to have looked after the land in times of great danger and lived in the Valley of Gleann an tSionnaigh (the valley of the white fox) which is now known as Glensinna. No one has ever seen the white fox and his history has turned into legend. [click to continue…]
I have recently finished the historical novel, Kings of the Boyne, by Nicola Pierce. The book was mainly about the famous battle, Battle of the Boyne. The chapters switched between four groups of people: – Gerald O’ Connor and his French friend, Jacques, fighting for King James II; the brothers Robert and Daniel Sherrard, fighting for King William III and the two kings, King James II and King William III. [click to continue…]
“George Speaks”, a novel by Dick King Smith (author of “The Sheep Pig” and “The Hodgeheg”), is about a baby called George, sister to Laura and son to Mum and Dad. However, George is no ordinary small baby. He does all the usual baby things like sleep a lot, drink milk, wear nappies – however George, very early in life, discovers he can speak. He first divulges the secret to his sister Laura, and later to his parents.
The story of the novel, told in eight chapters, concerns the first year of George’s life [click to continue…]
This is the fourth book in the series. If you’ve read ‘Rugby Spirit’, ‘Rugby Warrior’ or ‘Rugby Rebel’ then I’m sure you will love this book as well. But rest assured you do not need to read the others to enjoy Rugby Flyer. Rugby Flyer is a book all about rugby.
In this series, this was the first one I read. If you don’t know the basics of rugby but still want to read it (like me) then I think you would still love it as I did. It’s just that in the match you might not understand what’s happening at all. This book isn’t about the matches but more about rivalry, characters, ghosts and Irish history. [click to continue…]
Teachers are always seeking advice and recommendations for novels suitable for particular class standards. There are many lists out there, but few are lists recommended by practising classroom teachers. So, in an attempt to compile a list of novels suitable for use in Irish classrooms, at the end of August, 2015 I asked teachers to complete a short form through the website, based on their classroom experience. [click to continue…]