Rugby Heroes is the latest in the series of’ Rugby’ books by Gerard Siggins featuring Eoin Madden and his friends who get up to all sorts of adventure while playing the sport they love – Rugby. What make this even more interesting is they are joined on their adventures by ghosts of past rugby heroes.

I hadn’t read any of the other rugby books before this, but this didn’t matter as the author quickly and cleverly set the scene and gave me all the background information and introduced me to all the characters so you don’t have to read the other books first but you probably will want to after reading this one.

The main character is Eoin, a popular lad who is Castle Rock College’s star player. He is also very intelligent and works hard at school too. He gets called up for Ireland in the Under 16 Four Nations. This is a challenge for him as he has to juggle school work, training and friends and when some of those friends are ghosts you know this is more than the typical sports book. There’s mystery and intrigue here.

Things get complicated when he has to solve a mystery to help his ghost friends. I don’t want to give the plot away so I won’t write too much here. My favourite bit was when Eoin’s team won the Cup. I loved the descriptions of the action in the games. The author made it so exciting. I also liked that the author gave us a hint at the end of who we’ll meet in the next book. This will excite GAA fans!

Overall I enjoyed the book and think other sports fans will probably enjoy it too. I’d give it 7 out of 10. If you don’t like Rugby you might be a bit bored at times.

By Jethro aged 9. Scoil Chaitriona Senior, Renmore Co. Galway

Rugby Heroes” by Gerard Siggins is published by O’Brien Press and is now available to purchase for €8.99

Disclaimer: This book was provided by the publisher, O’Brien Pressfree of charge to Seomra Ranga for the purposes of this review