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The Samurai Wars Book One

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Full title: The Black Lotus [a novel]

Creator / Author: Kieran Fanning

Item Type / Page count: Book / 313p

When Published: 2015

Publisher / Place of Publication: Chicken House / 2 Palmer Street, Frome, Somerset, BA11 1DS, United Kingdom.

About: A fantasy book aimed at younger teenagers. The characters Ghost, Cormac and Kate all have special and unusual abilities and talents. They become recruits of a training school for ninjas called The Black Lotus. Their talents are called upon sooner than they could have imagined in an adventure that ranges over different time periods and different locations. This book is the first in The Samurai Wars series.

ID number(s): 9781909489929

WW Connection #1: The author is a native of Stratford-on-Slaney in West Wicklow.

Extra #1: Opening lines: ‘Ghost winced with every step. He hated wearing shoes. This was his first pair and, according to his friend, Squint, they were handmade and had cost a fortune.…..

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #3: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for this publication in libraries worldwide.

Extra #4: Link to the Author’s website

Extra #5: Link to the Publisher’s website

A Children’s Science Fiction Puzzle Book

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Full title: Curse of the Cockroach [a novel]

Creator / Author: Kieran Fanning

Item Type / Page count: Book / 125p

When Published: 2005

Publisher / Place of Publication: Mentor Books / 43 Furze Road, Sandyford Industrial Estate, Dublin 18.

About: A children’s novel in the form of a puzzle book. This is the last of four titles in a series called Code Crackers which require the reader to solve puzzles before moving on to subsequent pages. The book is aimed at a nine to thirteen-year-old readership. In this volume, the heroes, Sam and Lisa, have to prevent alien creatures, called Blats, from destroying the human race and taking over the Earth.

ID number(s): 1842102931

WW Connection #1: The author is a native of Stratford-on-Slaney in West Wicklow.

Extra #1: Opening lines: ‘So how come we never see your Uncle Dave?’ pondered Lisa as she slouched over an armchair, flicking ferociously through the hundreds of channels that was ‘American TV’. She didn’t want to say but it had been a bit boring staying with Sam’s relations. After all, this was supposed to be a holiday…..

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #3: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for this publication in libraries worldwide.

Extra #4: Contains illustrations by the author.

Extra #5: Link to the Author’s website [http://www.kieranfanning.com/]

The Teacher’s a Witch

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Full title: Tempest of Trouble [a novel]

Creator / Author: Kieran Fanning

Item Type / Page count: Book / 125p

When Published: 2003

Publisher / Place of Publication: Mentor Books / 43 Furze Road, Sandyford Industrial Estate, Dublin 18.

About: A children’s novel in the form of a puzzle book. This is the third of four titles in a series called Code Crackers which require the reader to solve puzzles before moving on to subsequent pages. The book is aimed at a nine to thirteen-year-old readership. In this volume, the heroes, Sam and Lisa, have a spell cast on them by their teacher who happens to be an evil witch. They find themselves stranded on an enchanted island and have to devise some means of escape.

ID number(s): 1842102036

WW Connection #1: The author is a native of Stratford-on-Slaney in West Wicklow.

Extra #1: Opening lines: “Although it was only a training session, Sam took it as seriously as if it was a real match. Dropping his shoulder, he skipped past his man, only to be immediately confronted by a head-on tackle. It was his pal, Aaron, charging like a bull!……

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #3: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for this publication in libraries worldwide.

Extra #4: Contains illustrations by the author.

Extra #5: Link to the Author’s website [http://www.kieranfanning.com/]

A Teenage Summer (as Gaeilge)

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Full title: Samhradh Samhradh [a novel]

Creator / Author: Séamas Ó Maitiú

Item Type / Page count: Book / 160p

When Published: 1983

Publisher / Place of Publication: Pangar Dubh / 463 Páirc Orwell, Teach Mealóg, Baile Átha Cliath 12

About: A novel for teenagers, written in the Irish language. The principal character goes to see the Rolling Stones in concert at Slane, but doesn’t return home. Instead an adventure is undertaken not only throughout Ireland but through time as well. A musical theme runs through the book.

ID number(s): None

WW Connection #1: The author is a resident of West Wicklow.

Extra #1: Opening line: “Feach an héileacaptar!” arsa an síobshiúlai, ag síneadh a mhéire ar an spota glioscarnach sa speir thoir…

Extra #2: This book won a prize in Comórtas an Oireachtais 1983.

Extra #3: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #4: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for this publication in libraries worldwide.

Wonders of Ireland (as Gaeilge)

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Full title: Iontais na hÉireann

Creator / Author: Séamas Ó Maitiú

Item Type / Page count: Book / 84pp

When Published: 1995

Publisher / Place of Publication: AN GÚM / 44 O’Connell Upper, Dublin 1.

About: A children’s book written in the Irish language. The book is a mixture of fairy tales and true stories, all collected under the banner of ‘Irish Wonders’. The book is aimed at learners of Irish and includes translations of the more difficult words.

ID number(s): 1857911733

Chapters: Long an tSaibhris – An bhaca tú do Vailintín  – An áit is dorcha in Éireann –An chloch a ligeadh liú aisti! – Nithe a thiteann as an spéir – An tslí mhór thar an bportach –Saighdiúir ar iarraidh – Leiviatan Pharsonstown – Cuileog, dar fia! — Chroith mé lámh leis na mairbh – Cá bhfaightear an fhalcóg mhór? — Fuinneog an bháis – Arkle – ar luas lasrach – An Mol Theas I gCiarrái! – Dineasár I gContae an Dúin – Cá bhfuil Shergar? – Réabóirí reilige – Póg na beatha – Master McGrath – ar nós na gaoithe – Gadaíocht sa Chaisleán.

WW Connection #1: The author is a resident of West Wicklow.

Extra #1: Each chapter includes a colour illustration by Pieter Sluis.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #3: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for this publication in libraries worldwide.

A Viking Adventure for Kids

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Full title: Voyage to Victory [a novel]

Creator / Author: Kieran Fanning

Item Type / Page count: Book / 125p

When Published: 2001

Publisher / Place of Publication: Mentor Books / 43 Furze Road, Sandyford Industrial Estate, Dublin 18.

About: A children’s novel in the form of a puzzle book. This is the second of four titles in a series called Code Crackers which require the reader to solve puzzles before moving on to subsequent pages. The book is aimed at a nine to thirteen-year-old readership. In this volume, the heroes, Sam and Lisa, are somehow transported back in time to the 8th century and get involved in a Viking adventure.

ID number(s): 1842100858  / 9781842100851

WW Connection #1: The author is a native of Stratford-on-Slaney in West Wicklow.

Extra #1: Opening lines: ”The old bus chugged towards the Heritage Museum. Only five minutes to go. It was school tour time again and amid the shouting, paper flicking, singing and general chaos that existed on the bus sat two best friends, Sam and Lisa. Of course they were sitting away from each other because teachers never allow friends to sit together. “You’ll only get each other into trouble”, explained Miss Fussy……

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #3: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for this publication in libraries worldwide.

Extra #4: Contains illustrations by the author.

Extra #5: Link to the Author’s website [http://www.kieranfanning.com/]

A Puzzle on Every Page

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Full title: Trapdoor to Treachery [a novel]

Creator / Author: Kieran Fanning

Item Type / Page count: Book / 128p

When Published: 2000

Publisher / Place of Publication: Mentor Books / 43 Furze Road, Sandyford Industrial Estate, Dublin 18.

About: A children’s novel which takes the form of a puzzle book. This is the first of four titles in a series called Code Crackers which require the reader to solve puzzles before moving on subsequent pages. The book is aimed at a nine to thirteen-year-old readership. The heroes, Sam and Lisa, go on the trail of a mysterious thief and are led into a strange and exciting world full of puzzles, elves and gobbledegooks.

ID number(s): 1842100238 / 9781842100233

WW Connection #1: The author is a native of Stratford-on-Slaney in West Wicklow.

Extra #1: Opening lines: ”Lowtown was a small quiet place. Sam and Lisa lived there. They were best friends and because neither of them had any brothers or sisters they spent most of their free time together. It was the summer holidays and they were out in Sam’s back garden. They were bored. ‘Let’s play detectives’, suggested Sam….”

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #3: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for this publication in libraries worldwide.

Extra #4: Contains illustrations by the author.

Extra #5: Link to the Author’s website [http://www.kieranfanning.com/]

Grandma on Holiday

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Full title: The Galloping Grandmother

Creator / Author: Sue Doyle

Item Type / Page count: Book / 105p

When Published: 1995

Publisher / Place of Publication: Piper’s Planet / No location given.

About: A story, suitable for 9-13 year olds, which features an enterprising Grandma and her family on holiday. The charity, ‘Children in Crisis’, benefits from the sale of each copy of this book.

ID number(s): 0952490153

WW Connection #1: The author lives “on a mountain view, near Dunlavin, Co. Wicklow”.

Extra #1: includes illustrations by the author.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #3: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for this publication in libraries worldwide.

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