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tom gates

It really is a brilliant book according to the Trim Library Junior Book Club. 

Caoimhe thought it was the best book she’d ever read.  Both Erin and Emma read it twice.  All the children plan on reading the next two books featuring Tom Gates.  They loved the doodles and the book cover and definitely think this is one book that should be judged by its cover!

About the Book

Tom Gates is the master of excuses for late homework: dog attacks – spilt water – lightning.. Tom’s exercise book is full of his doodles, cartoons and thoughts, as well as comments from his long-suffering teacher, Mr Fullerton. After gaining five merits for his CAMPING SUCKS holiday story, Tom’s work starts to go downhill – which is a pity, as he’s desperate to impress Amy Porter, who sits next to him…

In recent months, Liz Pichon has won, for The Brilliant World Of Tom Gates, the Roald Dahl Funny Prize, the Red House Book Awards ‘Young Readers’ book category and the Waterstones Children’s Book Award in the 5-12 age group. Tom Gates, said Michael Rosen, is a book that “will appeal to anyone who doodles, likes to wind up their sibling and has a serious caramel wafer habit.”

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CBI Book of the Year Shortlist 2012!

The CBI Book of the Year Awards, now in their 22nd year, identify, honour and promote excellence in books for young people by Irish authors and illustrators. The awards are the most prestigious in Ireland and offer one of the few opportunities for national and international recognition of Irish authors and illustrators.

This year’s list features some incredible titles from the cream of Irish writing and illustrating talent.

Each of the nine titles will compete for six awards, including the Children’s Choice Award voted for by ten junior juries located across the country. The winners will be announced at a ceremony to be held in May. 

Trim Library Junior Book Club are delighted to be one of the junior juries this year.  The children aged between 10 and 12 will be reading through the shortlist over the coming weeks and voting for their favourite title.  All titles can be borrowed from Meath County Council Library Service.    

The nine shortlisted titles for the CBI Book of the Year Award 2012 are as follows:



A book about twelve-year-old Mary, her mother Scarlett, her grandmother Emer and her great-grandmother Tansey. Emer is dying in hospital, and the ghost of her mother Tansey, who died when Emer was three, arrives on the scene to assure her that everything will be alright. She also has plenty to say to the two younger members of the family, and soon all four women find themselves on an unforgettable road trip. Funny, moving, thought-provoking and featuring one of the most likeable ghosts since Casper, the characters and events in this story will stay with you long after you have finished reading.


BRUISED by Siobhán Parkinson

‘How does bruising start; is it the booze, the neglect or the slap?

14 year old Jono loves his little sister Julie and would do anything to protect her. The problem is that his mum has some problems with alcohol, meaning that she can’t bring up Jono and Julie the way she should. Once the children’s Gramma passes away, Jono and Julie are left alone, and forced to run away in order to survive. Can Jono still keep his little sister safe?


INTO THE GREY by Celine Kiernan

Set in the 1970’s, Into The Grey tells the story of identical teenage twins Patrick and Dominic who are forced to move after a fire destroys their family home. Along with their little sister Dee, their parents and their senile grandmother they struggle to adjust to life in a temporary house. Soon after the move a series of frightening nighttime events begin to worry Patrick and he watches as his beloved twin brother struggles to retain control of his body. Previous inhabitants of their temporary home are struggling to come to terms with their own history and the boy’s fragility allows ghosts and spirits to take hold of them.

MAITRÍÓISCE by Siobhán Parkinson

Nuair a shroicheann Mara trí bliana déag d’aois tá sí ag súil go mór lena bronntanas ach nuair a osclaíonn sí é, athraíonn an scéal. Ní iPod nó seodra atá ann ar chor ar bith ach sraith bábóg maitríóisce ón Rúis. Séad fíne óna sheanmháthair atá ann agus ar dtús níl suim dá laghad aici sa bhronntanas páistiúil seo. Ní hamháin sin ach tá ceann de na bábógíní ar strae!

De réir a chéile, tuigeann Mara go bhfuil stair taobh thiar den bhábóg caillte agus téann sí sa tóir ar an fhírinne faoi bhrí agus scéal na bábóige seo. Lena cara Dorota lena taobh, glacann Mara ról an bleachtaire agus í ag iarraidh níos mó a fhoghlaim faoina gcúlra agus faoi stair na bábóige.

When Mara reaches her thirteenth birthday she looks forward to her present but when she finally opens it, it’s a different story. It is not an iPod or jewellery but a series of Russian dolls. They turn out to be an heirloom from her grandmother and at first Mara has no interest whatsoever in this seemingly childish present. If that weren’t bad enough, one of the dolls turns out to be missing.

As time progresses, Mara begins to understand the history surrounding the missing doll and she intuitively goes in pursuit of the truth behind the Russian dolls. With her friend Dorota by her side, Mara assumes the role of detective in an attempt to track down the missing doll and to uncover more about her own interesting heritage.


‘His name is Jimmy. They told us not to call him Dad any more. It might freak him out. More than he’s already freaked out, if that’s possible.’

 Eala’s dad has had an accident. My Dad is Ten Years Old is the story of how she and her family tackle the aftermath. After a brain injury leaves him with the mental age of a ten year old, it is up to Eala and her brother to discover their dad’s past to begin rebuilding their future. Filled with honesty and heartbreak,My Dad is Ten Years Old takes you to the darker reality of personal tragedy.

Ó CHRANN GO CRANN le Caitríona Hastings agus Andrew Whitson (illus.)

Tá cailín óg d’arbh ainm Nia chun bogadh óna teach álainn faoin tuath chuig teach nua sa chathair mar go bhfuair a Dhaid post nua ansin. Níl sí róshásta faoi seo mar go mbeidh uirthi a chairde sa phobal agus sa scoil go léir a fhágáil. Faighimid amach gurb iad na préacháin ag bun an ghairdín an dream a mbeidh níos brónaí fúthu agus í ag fágáil. Léirítear dúinn go mbíodh na préacháin agus súgradh le Nia i gcónaí agus go raibh sí in ann bráth orthu nuair a bhíodh sí faoi ghruaim.

A young girl named Nia is about to move from her idyllic home in the countryside to a new house in her city, where her father has just been offered a new job. She is rather upset about this as she will be forced to leave her friends, her community and in particular her precious crows who congregate in the oak tree at the bottom of her garden to play with her every day.

STUCK by Oliver Jeffers

 “A tale of trying to solve a problem by throwing things at it.”

Stuck tells the tale of Floyd, who has managed to get his kite stuck up a tree. To try and get it down he throws his shoe at it and…that gets stuck too! Oh dear, what will he do next? The answer might surprise you as Floyd’s unusual response to the problem gets way out of hand!


 This is a lyrical story from the butterfly heart of Africa. Sisters Bul-Boo and Madillo are worried about their friend Winifred, who has lost her gentle smile and no longer puts up her hand in class. Then the twins discover her secret: she is to be married off to her uncle’s friend, who drinks heavily and is old enough to be her grandfather. While Winifred has become resigned to her fate, her friends are determined to put a stop to the marriage. But what can they do? They ask the advice of Ifwafwa, the snake man, who promises to think about the problem. Ifwafwa is wise and has a gift with snakes, but he does not like to hurry and Bul-Boo becomes impatient. Will he be too late to save their friend?


Will Gallows is a young elfing sky cowboy who is riding out on an dangerous quest. His mission? To bring Noose Wormworx the evil snake-bellied troll, to justice. Noose is wanted for the murder of Will’s pa, and Will won’t stop until he’s got revenge!


 Text courtesy of CBI


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because of winn-dixie

Kate Di Camillo’s “Because of Winn-Dixie” was this month’s book choice for the Trim library junior book club. 

Kate  Di Camillo’s debut novel won the 2001 Newbery Honor and is a firm favourite with this librarian!

The summer Opal and her father, the preacher, move to Naomi, Florida, Opal goes into the Winn-Dixie supermarket–and comes out with a dog. A big, ugly, suffering dog with a sterling sense of humor. A dog she dubs Winn-Dixie. Because of Winn-Dixie, the preacher tells Opal ten things about her absent mother, one for each year Opal has been alive. Winn-Dixie is better at making friends than anyone Opal has ever known, and together they meet the local librarian, Miss Franny Block, who once fought off a bear with a copy of War and Peace. They meet Gloria Dump, who is nearly blind but sees with her heart, and Otis, an ex-con who sets the animals in his pet shop loose after hours, then lulls them with his guitar.

Opal spends all that sweet summer collecting stories about her new friends and thinking about her mother. But because of Winn-Dixie or perhaps because she has grown, Opal learns to let go, just a little, and that friendship–and forgiveness–can sneak up on you like a sudden summer storm.

Recalling the fiction of Harper Lee and Carson McCullers, here is a funny, poignant, and utterly genuine first novel from a major new talent.

An unforgettable first novel about coming of age one sweet summer–and learning to love what you have.
Courtesy of Candlewick Press
Some comments from the Trim library book club members
Minh liked the dog character and would recommend the book to a friend
Hannah thought the book was good and liked it
Anna M didn’t enjoy the book or the movie-she thought the story was boring
Annelise loved it, loved everything about it
Erin thought it was a brilliant book and gave it 5 stars!  She says “You should read it”
Emma loved it.  She’s a dog lover and has 2 dogs herself
Daniel really liked it
Donal liked it too.  He particularly liked the opening scene in the supermarket. 
Jack thought it was a good story
Anna S liked all of the story
Sophie didn’t like the book.  She was disappointed with the ending as she felt nothing really happened
Caoimhe thought it was an excellent story-she just liked it
Una also thought it was an excellent story-she loved all of it

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At the most recent meeting of the age 11~12 junior book club in Navan library the children discussed the book Tall Story by Candy Gourlay.

The book tells the story of Andi who hasn’t seen her brother for eight years and when he steps off the plane from the Philippines, she cannot believe her eyes. He’s tall. EIGHT FOOT TALL. But Bernardo is not what he seems. Bernardo is a hero, Bernardo works miracles, and Bernardo has an amazing story to tell. Tall Story has won the inaugural Crystal Kite Award for Europe 2011 and here is what some of the children thought of it.

Annie: Tall story is a sad, funny story and I really enjoyed it.Tall Story by Candy Gourlay

Ciara: I think Tall Story was very good, funny, sad and descriptive. It’s about an eight foot tall 16 year old boy that lives in thePhilippines.

Jennifer: A funny, sweet fairytale.

Molly: I thought it was really really interesting and once you start reading it it’s very hard to stop.

Nadya: I thought it was sad, funny and interesting.

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