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This is an extraordinary amalgam of Greek myth, astronomy, computer gaming, hi-tech texting and maniacal teen neighbours, but shining through the lot is the friendship of Tuttles and Atilla.

 Zeustian Logic by Sabrina Malcolm (Gecko Press, €13.80)

Zeustian Logic is Tuttle’s online username and he is in constant communication with Atilla, a master punster who regularly changes his user name.

A lot of their conversation centres around Tuttle’s problems. His family has been traumatised by the loss of their father, an experienced Everest climber who allegedly deserted a fellow climber before succumbing to the elements himself.

Tuttle’s mother has fallen to pieces, thus landing the care of seven-year-old Fen on Tuttle’s young shoulder.

A bullying neighbour makes Tuttle’s life a misery and his sanity is only preserved by a father-inspired insatiable quest for knowledge about stars, galaxies and constellations. 

Relationships are splendidly handled, especially between eccentric but understanding teacher, Mrs Ziegler, and her sometimes over- enthusiastic class.

An inspiring story that teaches us about friendship and astronomy. Suitable for age 10 and upwards.

My Beautiful Room by Jasmine Orchard & Olivia Whitworth (Ivy Kids, €11.50)

Every despairing parent of a teenager should gift them this book. It opens by discussing how to plan your room, choose furniture and maximise floor space. 

Then on to colour. Did you know, for instance, that accent colours used in small amounts add interest to a room? 

Mixing patterns has to be carefully handled — but even painting different colours on floorboards can complement other areas of your room. 

What should inspire you in creating the ideal room are your hobbies and interests. Your favourite clothes, your sporting interest, your taste in music and even places you like to visit, can be incorporated into the design.

This is an innovative book which harnesses the readers creativity and interests. Suitable for age 10 and upwards.

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