Book Recommendations Jan/Feb 2011

This month’s book recommendations for children by age group

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Book Recommendation for 0 – 5 year olds

The Dunderheads” by Paul Fleischmann

Never!  shrieked Miss Breakbone, have I been asked to teach such a scraping together of fiddling, twiddling, time-squandering, mind-wandering, doodling, dozing, don’t-knowing DUNDERHEADS; Miss Breakbone, the school mistress, hates kids. She shouts, she confiscates, she makes kids cry. But one day she goes too far.

RRP €8.75
Tara price €8

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Book Recommendation for 6 – 8 year olds

Lotta Makes a Mess” by Astrid Lindgren

Lotta is the little sister who can find trouble anywhere. She and her young siblings get into all sorts of scrapes. In this funny and engaging tale, a very cross Lotta runs away from home and moves in with the old lady next door. But Lotta soon begins to realise that, actually, nowhere’s quite as good as home sweet home.

RRP €6.25
Tara price €6

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Book Recommendation for 8 – 10 year olds

Emily’s Surprising Voyageby Sue Purkiss

Emily and her parents have embarked on the famous SS Great Britain, the first-ever iron ship, designed by the great Victorian engineer, Brunel, and are bound for Australia. Emily assumes the journey will be long and boring, but soon she meets Thomas and his pet rat, Barney.

RRP €5   
Tara price  €4.50

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Book Recommendation for 10 – 12 year olds

Over the Wallby Renate Ahrens

All her life, Karo has believed that her father was killed in an accident before her birth. So when a stranger comes to the door, eleven years later, Karo wants nothing to do with Martin, the man her mother loved years ago, the man who is her father.

RRP €6.99

Tara price €6

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