Tuesday 20 March 2018

Authors go head to head for top children's book prize

Andrea Byrne takes a look at the shortlist for the Specsavers Irish Children's Book of the Year Award

Junior section

Adam's World of Wonders

Benji Bennett

Adam's Printing Press

To help himself cope with the tragedy of losing his son, Adam, and to keep his cherished memories alive, Benji Bennett wrote and published a series of children's books, which grew into a massive success. This, his fifth book in the series, keeps the flame burning.

The Lonely Beast

Chris Judge

Andersen Press

A beautifully illustrated and humourous picture book by first-time author Chris Judge, it tells the story of a friendly but lonely beast on a trip to the big city to find friends.

Sally Go Round the Stars

Sarah Webb and Steve McCarthy with Claire Ranson

O'Brien Press

Compiled by well-known author Sarah Webb with the help of Claire Ranson and illustrated by Steve McCarthy, this is a collection of universally known nursery rhymes, as well as some special Irish favourites, including Are You Right There, Michael and Johnny Magory.


Oliver Jeffers

HarperCollins Children's Books

When Floyd's kite gets stuck in the branches of a tree, he throws his shoe up to move it -- but that gets stuck too. Delightful chaos ensues in this picture book from the award-winning author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers.

Marco Moves In

Gerry Boland

O'Brien Press

The first children's book by writer and teacher Gerry Boland, it tells the compelling story of Patrick, who makes Marco, the grizzly bear, an unexpected guest at his home while keeping him hidden from the neighbours, police and his mum.

Senior section

The Saga of Larten Crepsley: Ocean of Blood

Darren Shan

HarperCollins Children's

Darren Shan is the New York Times best-selling author, whose novels have sold over 15 million copies worldwide. This is the second book in the four-part The Saga of Larten Crepsley series.

Skulduggery Pleasant: Death Bringer

Derek Landy

HarperCollins Children's

The Death Bringer is about to rise in this, the sixth book in the wildly successful Skulduggery Pleasant fantasy/horror series by two-time Irish Book Award winner Derek Landy.

And For Your Information...

Denise Deegan


In the second in Denise Deegan's Butterfly trilogy, we are reacquainted with the same group of teenage friends who attend a posh Dublin school. In this installment, Sarah takes centre stage.

Arthur Quinn and the World Serpent

Alan Early


In Alan Early's critically acclaimed debut, which has been described as "Harry Potter, Dublin-style", only Arthur and his friends can save the world from the dreaded World Serpent.

The Real Rebecca

Anna Carey

O'Brien Press

In Anna Carey's debut novel, 14-year-old Rebecca's world is turned upside down when her mother writes a book about a cringy teenager and credits Rebecca as her inspiration, much to Rebecca's horror, as she attempts to show the world the real Rebecca.

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