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St Patrick’s Day books for 9+

The New Policeman

Why not ring in St Patrick's Day this year by adding these books to your reading list?

Our St Patrick's Day booklist featuring titles about or set in the Emerald Isle features a range of books - from tales of time travel, magic, witches, natural disasters and mythical worlds to both funny and hard-hitting books about contemporary Ireland and short stories too.

We've picked out these titles for slightly older readers which could make you see Ireland in a whole new light... so which one will you be sampling first on 17 March?

  • The New Policeman

    Author: Kate Thompson

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 11+

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  • The New Policeman

    Author: Kate Thompson

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 11+

    JJ Byrne’s mum never has enough time and JJ decides to buy some for her birthday. This unusual quest leads him to Tir na n&r…

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  • Scarlett

    Author: Cathy Cassidy

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Scarlett

    Author: Cathy Cassidy

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 9+

    Twelve-year-old Scarlett is a rebel: outrageous clothes, tongue stud, total contempt for authority and thinks she is totally cool.…

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  • Bog Child

    Author: Siobhan Dowd

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • Bog Child

    Author: Siobhan Dowd

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

    This is a beautifully written coming-of-age tale, which deals with themes of mortality, peace and sacrifice.

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  • The Great Unexpected

    Author: Sharon Creech

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

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  • The Great Unexpected

    Author: Sharon Creech

    Interest level: 10+

    Reading age: 10+

    In the little town of Blackbird Tree, friends and fellow orphans Naomi and Lizzie are startled when a strange boy, Finn, falls out…

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  • Brilliant

    Author: Roddy Doyle

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Brilliant

    Author: Roddy Doyle

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

    A high-speed, high-adrenaline and highly surreal adventure which deals with the difficult topic of depression with a sensitive, hu…

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  • Beyond the Stars

    Author: Sarah Webb (compiled by)

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • Beyond the Stars

    Author: Sarah Webb (compiled by)

    Interest level: 8+

    Reading age: 9+

    Twelve brand new stories from the cream of Irish writers and illustrators who jostle for space in this collection of inspirational…

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  • Tales from Old Ireland

    Author: Malachy Doyle Illustrator: Niamh Sharkey

    Interest level: 6-12

    Reading age: 8+

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  • Tales from Old Ireland

    Author: Malachy Doyle Illustrator: Niamh Sharkey

    Interest level: 6-12

    Reading age: 8+

    This stunningly illustrated collection of stories has its roots in oral storytelling and features giants, demons and wicked stepmo…

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  • A Cage of Roots

    Author: Matt Green

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 11+

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  • A Cage of Roots

    Author: Matt Green

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 11+

    A gripping read with a feisty heroine, about time travel, loyalty, magic, betrayal and bravery which convincingly captures both co…

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  • Bruised

    Author: Siobhan Parkinson

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 11+

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  • Bruised

    Author: Siobhan Parkinson

    Interest level: 11+

    Reading age: 11+

    Fourteen-year-old Jonathan lives with his eight-year-old sister Julie and their mother who is a drunk. One day Ma hits Julie - Jon…

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  • Artemis Fowl

    Author: Eoin Colfer

    Interest level: 8-12

    Reading age: 10+

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  • Artemis Fowl

    Author: Eoin Colfer

    Interest level: 8-12

    Reading age: 10+

    Twelve-year-old criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl hatches an ingenious plot to steal all the gold in fairy land.

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  • A Hollow in the Hills

    Author: Ruth Frances Long

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 8+

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  • A Hollow in the Hills

    Author: Ruth Frances Long

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 8+

    Izzy, who is only just getting used to her new powers, must try to stop a war breaking out. Hunted into the hills, she encounters …

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  • The Making of Mollie

    Author: Anna Carey

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

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  • The Making of Mollie

    Author: Anna Carey

    Interest level: 9+

    Reading age: 9+

    When Mollie discovers big sister Phyllis is part of the suffragette movement, she’s determined to do something to help. A sw…

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  • Star by Star

    Author: Sheena Wilkinson

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • Star by Star

    Author: Sheena Wilkinson

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

    When her mum dies in the 1918 flu epidemic, 15-year-old Stella returns to Northern Ireland to live with an aunt she has never met.…

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  • More Pricks Than Kicks

    Author: Samuel Beckett

    Interest level: 15+

    Reading age: 15+

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  • More Pricks Than Kicks

    Author: Samuel Beckett

    Interest level: 15+

    Reading age: 15+

    A collection of stories about an Irish student and ne'er do well called Belacqua. His adventures and amours are played out on the …

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  • A Swift Pure Cry

    Author: Siobhan Dowd

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

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  • A Swift Pure Cry

    Author: Siobhan Dowd

    Interest level: 12+

    Reading age: 12+

    Loosely based on the real life case of the Kerry babies, powerful imagery and lyrical prose is woven throughout this unforgettable…

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