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Children's Book Clubs

The following are some of the book clubs which are facilitated by library staff in our community libraries. If you are interested in setting up your own children's book club then please contact your local library for information on book club sets for your off-site book club.

 

Athy Library

The Children’s book club meets on the last Tuesday of each month at 6:30pm. Suitable for 8–11 year olds.

 

Celbridge Library

Celbridge children's book club for 10-12 year olds meets monthly after school during term time.

 

Kilcullen Library

Baby Book Club meets every Tuesday.

 

Kildare Town Library

The children's book club meets on the first Friday of the month from 3.30pm to 4.00pm. 

 

Leixlip Library

Monthly children's book club for 9-11 year olds meets on Fridays at 3.15pm.

 

Sulduggery Pleasant: Playing with Fire by Derek Landy

Sulduggery Pleasant: Playing with Fire by Derek Landy

Just when you think you've saved the world! "You will kill her?" the Torment asked. Skulduggery sagged. "Yes." He hesitated, then took his gun from his jacket.

"I'm sorry, Valkyrie," he said softly. "Don't talk to me," Valkyrie said. "Just do what you have to do." Valkyrie parted her tunic, and Skulduggery pointed the gun at the vest beneath.

"Please forgive me," Skulduggery said, then aimed the gun at the girl and pulled the trigger. With Serpine dead, the world is safe once more. At least, that's what Valkyrie and Skulduggery think, until the notorious Baron Vengeous makes a bloody escape from prison, and dead bodies and vampires start showing up all over Ireland.

With Baron Vengeous after the deadly armour of Lord Vile, and pretty much everyone out to kill Valkyrie, the daring detective duo face their biggest challenge yet. But what if the greatest threat to Valkyrie is just a little closer to home!?


The Ransom of Dond by Siobhan Dowd

The Ransom of Dond by Siobhan Dowd

Siobhan Dowd gave us four extraordinary novels before she died in 2007. This is her last story, a final gift to those who know and love her work, and a glittering invitation to those who have yet to discover it. Siobhan draws us irresistibly into Darra's tiny emerald island world, lashed by white-tipped waves, at the mercy of the dark god, Dond. Only the truth and a mother's kiss can set them free. This is a tale to be treasured, a haunting tale of love and fate and truth. Pam Smy's beautiful two-colour drawings announce her as a leading children's illustrator and the astonishing blend of words and pictures takes us all into that timeless world of story. The Ransom of Dond comes to us like a gift from the past.


A Game of Ghouls by F.E Higgins

A Game of Ghouls by F.E Higgins

An earthquake has rumbled through the twisted city of Degringolade, stopping the town Kronometer and the infamous Phenomenals in their tracks. Legend has it that if the ancient clock stops ticking a terrible fate will befall the people of Degringolade, and there's no denying that the super-mundane entities of the tar-pits are behaving strangely. They know something that the townspeople don't: deep below the city, something has woken up—and it's hungry.


A Tangle of Traitors (The Phenomenols) by F.E Higgins

A Tangle of Traitors (The Phenomenols) by F.E Higgins

A twisted adventure of intrigue, magic and superstition from the bestselling F. E. Higgins Don't go down to the tar pits, children -- for their shores are lined with the wretched wraiths of all the traitors and murderers who have drowned in its bubbling depths. In the shadows of this putrid place, an unlikely new alliance is being formed: they call them The Phenomenals, and only they can save us from a hideous fate that will befall the town if the wraiths escape their tarry shackles ...Meet The Phenomenals: Citrine Capodel - heiress to a corrupt empire and framed for a murder she did not commit; Folly Harpelaine - a merciless destroyer of Lurids, who dabbles in the dark arts; Jonah Scrimshander - a deadly harpoonist, who has already cheated death, and Vincent Verdigris - light-fingered and even lighter on his feet.


Binny for Short by Hilary Louise Fitzpatrick

Binny for Short by Hilary Louise Fitzpatrick

Binny's life has been difficult since her father died and her dreadful old Aunt Violet disposed of her beloved dog, Max. Her world changed then, to a city flat with not enough space for her Mum, her big sister Clem and her small brother James. Definitely no room for a pet. Then one day Aunt Violet dies, leaving a small cottage in Cornwall to Binny and her family. Binny finds herself in a new world once more, full of sunshine and freedom and Gareth, the enemy-next-door and the ideal companion for dangerous dares. But Max is still lost in the past, and it seems impossible that she'll ever find him again...


Hagwitch by Marie Louise Fitzpatrick

Hagwitch by Marie Louise Fitzpatrick

London, 1596 and 2010. Two lives, four centuries apart, but with a dark secret that ties them together. It's summer, and the vibrant world of the theatre barge is coming to life. It's Lally's world and the only one she's ever known. But when her father pulls an ancient piece of wood from the canal and fashions it into a puppet, strange things begin to happen. Soon Lally starts to wonder whether there is something sinister about the wooden doll - could she be connected to the mysterious hagwitch? A gripping tale of myth, magic and the secret world of the theatre.


The Fault in our Stars by John Green

The Fault in our Stars by John Green

This is the film tie-in edition of John Green's witty yet heart-breaking tour de force. Featuring 7 stills from the hotly anticipated movie from Twentieth Century Fox. "I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once." Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten. "Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green's most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love". (Sunday Times (Culture)). "A touching, often fiercely funny novel". (The Sun on Sunday (Fabulous Magazine)). "So good I think it should be compulsory reading for everyone!" (Daily Express). "John Green brilliantly captures the voices of a young generation while instilling it with the wisdom of a life that has lived too much yet will never live enough.


Grounded by Sheena Wilkinson

Grounded by Sheena Wilkinson

Declan loves Seaneen, but he longs to work at a top showjumping yard. When Declan is offered his dream job in Germany, he should be thrilled. But he's terrified: leaving Seaneen's harder than he expected; troubled Cian won't leave him alone, and when he finds a traumatised horse in a barn, he knows he must help her, no matter how scared he is.


After Tomorrow by Gillian Cross

After Tomorrow by Gillian Cross

What if you woke up tomorrow and everything had changed? Money is worthless. Your friends are gone. Armed robbers roam the streets. No one is safe. For Matt and his little brother, Taco, that nightmare is a reality. Their only hope of survival is to escape through the Channel Tunnel. But danger waits on the other side...Stay or go. What would you do?


The Million Dollar Gift by Ian Somers

The Million Dollar Gift by Ian Somers

Ross Bentley is a skateboarding slacker, who has hardly any real friends, communicates with his father by grunting and hates his job in the local supermarket. Ross also has the gift of telekinesis but has always kept it hidden, even from those closest to him. That all changes when he learns of The Million Dollar Gift, a contest in which the organisers have challenged anyone to prove they have a superhuman skill. Any applicant who is successful will receive one million dollars prize money. Ross can't let this opportunity go by and enters the contest. He stuns the organisers by passing every test and wins the prize money. All does not go according to plan though; Ross's identity was supposed to be kept secret but when his test videos are leaked onto the internet he becomes a sensation. Within twenty four hours the entire world knows his name and what he can do. But fame is not all he has to deal with. He has attracted the attentions of others who have the gift, and not all of them are happy about his arrival on the scene.


The Hidden Gift by Ian Somers

The Hidden Gift by Ian Somers

After the terrifying events at the Atkinsons' house, it might seem like Ross Bentley would be glad of some peace and quiet. But when that involves being holed up in a remote Scottish farmhouse, Ross finds he's never felt so alone. Ross is cut off from family and friends, separated from the girl he loves, in hiding, miles from civilisation - and he's really miserable. He has to train, study and practise his powers if he ever has a hope of joining the Guild of the gifted, learning to use his gifts to protect others. But suddenly the monotony is broken - a gifted child has been kidnapped. Hunter, Ross' trainer, needs to track her down, and he has no choice but to take Ross with him. The search for the missing child, and the dangers it uncovers, take Ross to the darkest place he's ever been. He must face danger and great grief and learn to harness his powers to face down his greatest nemesis yet...


Back to Blackbrick by Sarah Moore Fitzgearld

Back to Blackbrick by Sarah Moore Fitzgearld

'The ghosts in your life don't ever really go away. Every so often they will whisper to you ...Don't worry about it too much.' When Cosmo keeps his promise to his granddad to go to Blackbrick, he finds himself in the forgotten corner of a distant past, one that his granddad has, strangely, never really talked about. Here friendships come to life, there are new beginnings, a lifetime of memories and everything is still possible...An extraordinary debut novel with a fantastic voice. This is compassionate, humorous, moving - and tackles some big questions.


One Crow Alone by S.D Crockett

One Crow Alone by S.D Crockett

The long, bitter winters are getting worse, and a state of emergency has been declared across Europe. In Poland, where fifteen-year-old Magda lives, there are frequent power cuts and fuel shortages. After the death of her grandmother and the evacuation of her village, Magda joins forces with the arrogant, handsome Ivan and smuggles her way on to a truck bound for London, where she hopes to find her mother. But London, when they reach it, is a nightmarish and far-from-welcoming world. Riots are commonplace, and the growing chaos is exploited by criminals and terrorists alike. Magda's mother is nowhere be found, and as the lost girl struggles to come to terms with her changing situation, she is befriended by a ragtag group of travellers planning a new home and future. Together they will need all the cunning they possess to survive in the frozen wilderness of Britain, which has become just as lawless as the city.


The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan

The Weight of Water by Sarah Crossan

First love, friendship and quiet courage combine in this spare and beautiful story that will leave you sad, happy and wanting more from this fantastic new voice in children's fiction


Everybody Jam by Ali Lewis

Everybody Jam by Ali Lewis

Danny Dawson lives in the middle of the Australian outback. His older brother Jonny was killed in an accident last year but no-one ever talks about it. And now it's time for the annual muster. The biggest event of the year on the cattle station, and a time to sort the men from the boys. But this year things will be different: because Jonny's gone and Danny's determined to prove he can fill his brother's shoes; because their fourteen-year-old sister is pregnant; because it's getting hotter and hotter and the rains won't come; and, because cracks are beginning to show...When Danny's mum admits she can't cope, the family hires a housegirl to help out - a wide-eyed English backpacker. She doesn't have a clue what she's let herself in for. And neither do they.


Dark Warnings by Marie Fitzpatrick

Dark Warnings by Marie Fitzpatrick

Ever since Taney was four she's known she could see things before they happened. She also knows that she must keep her gift a secret - at all costs. Teased and isolated by the local children for being strange, as Taney grows older, she has more and more questions. Why is her father so terrified of her gift? What happened to her mother? Then she meets the mysterious Billy, an outsider just as she is. Charming and attentive, Billy is the first person with whom Taney can simply be herself; with whom she can share her strange burden, and begin, instead, to feel proud of her ability. But then the visions come - lone girls attacked as they walk home at night. And as Billy begins to withdraw further into himself, Taney must ask herself who to trust - her only friend, or the visions that torment her dreams...