Books for kids...

1. The 5 Misfits by Beatrice Alemagna (Frances Lincoln, €16.70 HB)
Archie Loves Skipping by Domenica More Gordon (Bloomsbury, €16.70 HB)
3. The Leaving by Tara Altebrando (Bloomsbury, €10.30)  


The 5 Misfits by Beatrice Alemagna (Frances Lincoln, €16.70 HB) 

The fable features five characters, who, though they all have obvious flaws, are nevertheless happy in their own environment. 

Their appreciation of their own various foibles is much amplified when a completely Perfect Being visits them, and is disgusted by the lack of order in their lives. 

Their flaws are soon revealed to be strengths however, and Mr Perfect Being is the one who ends up quite dissatisfied with his own role in life. Suitable for age six and upwards.

Archie Loves Skipping by Domenica More Gordon (Bloomsbury, €16.70 HB) 

In an all dogs’ world Archie’s own dog is a big skipping addict, which is fine until they meet huge dog Bella who is too friendly for her own good. 

How to keep her gainfully occupied is the problem. However, when Bella eventually masters the art of skipping she soon becomes a record holder. 

Question is — what will they all do now that they have seen a dog on a skate-board! Suitable for age four and upwards.

The Leaving by Tara Altebrando (Bloomsbury, €10.30) 

The action in this story stretches over the 15 days since five teenagers have returned after a gap of 11 years from a place or people they do not remember. 

Books for kids...

They live now, marooned in a present they do not understand, with families and friends who struggle to communicate with them. 

Police investigation of their disappearance seems futile as the returned are even more puzzled than the investigators, but gradually, small clues set them on a painful quest for understanding.

The five begin to mistrust each other, especially when discussing the non-return of the sixth child, Max, twin brother of Avery. 

Avery and two of the returned, Lucas and Scarlett, are the narrators, as the mystery is painstakingly unfolded for them and for the reader. 

Scarlett’s mental turmoil is complemented by distorted words, phrases and sentences in the text, shapes which ingeniously mirror her feelings. Suitable for age 12 and upwards.


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