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11 Birthdays 11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass is the latest book that the age 11~12 junior book club read and it went down a treat so much so that the children immediately wanted to read the following book ‘Finally’

Reminiscent of Groundhog Day this is a refreshing book that both boys and girls will enjoy. The book tells the story of Amanda and Leo, on their first birthday, they learned to walk. On their fifth, they planted seeds in handmade pots. On their tenth, they learned there are some words you can never take back.

Amanda’s eleventh birthday should have been a happy occasion. Instead she’s dressed in an itchy costume her mother picked out for her Hollywood-themed party (Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, even though the flying monkeys have always creeped her out). Meanwhile, across town, her ex-best friend Leo is celebrating their joint birthday with a huge bash including a hypnotist, a football star, a giant iguana, and a rock band. SO not fair!

Amanda can’t wait for the day AFTER her birthday so she can stop thinking about the fight that led to her and Leo having separate parties for the first time in their lives. There’s just one problem. The next day is her birthday all over again. 

This is what some of the children had to say about the book.

‘I thought the book was brilliant, I loved the sense of magic in it.’ Eva (12)

‘This book has a great twist to a friendship story, when friends become frenemies! It is a creative story that I would recommend to everyone with a best friend.’ Jennifer (12)

 ‘I thought the book was really good, I really enjoyed it and I hope the author’s next books are as good.’ Meabh (11)

 ‘I thought that the book was brilliant, I would hate if something like that happened to me. I will definitely read the next book.’ Katie (12)

 ‘I think 11 Birthdays is a great book, it is funny and brilliant. I would definitely recommend it to a friend. It was a very good story of friendship and I think that it is a very creative book.’ Ciara (12

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The Third Pig Detective AgencyHarry Pigg, the only surviving brother from the Big Bad Wolf attacks, has set up business as a private detective in Grimmtown, only things aren’t going too well. Down on his luck, with bills to pay and no clients in sight, the outlook is poor. But then in walks local businessman Aladdin who needs someone to help him track down an old lamp. What follows is far from an open-and-shut case. Funny, thrilling, and always entertaining, Harry Pigg is an old breed of hero for a new generation. Although written for older children, Harry Pigg will appeal to grown ups as well with plenty of in-jokes for all ages.

Here is what some of the children from the Navan Book Club Thought of it.

‘I thought the book was brilliant and very funny. I would recommend it to other readers, I love the way Bob Burke brought in characters from other stories.’ Ciara (12)

‘I really liked the book because it involved lots of fairytale characters, I really enjoyed it.’ Molly (11)

‘I thought this was a great and funny fantasy. I would recommend this to anybody, it was brilliant.’ Jennifer (12)

‘I think it was the funniest book I’ve ever read.’ Eadaoin (11)

‘I thought the book was hilarious, with lots of jokes only adults would get. I loved the stlye of the writing it reminded me of old black and white detective movies.’ Susanne (40)

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