Top o’ the mornin’ to ya! While many of us celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by donning green, we have ANOTHER way you can show your Irish pride… by listening to the works of Irish authors! Next time you find yourself discussing Irish literary heavyweights like James Joyce or Oscar Wilde, don’t forget the many YA and Children’s authors that Ireland has to offer. Don’t be a gom (Irish slang for fool), read on!
In case the spelling of his first name didn’t give it away, Eoin Colfer is an Irish author of the first degree. His Artemis Fowl series recently finished its eleven year run with ARTEMIS FOWL #8: THE LAST GUARDIAN, and if you didn’t catch the first seven installments, here’s a quick recap: Artemis Fowl is a young criminal mastermind who uses his smarts to build his family’s fortune. Initially an enemy of the Fairy People, the lines between good and bad begin to blur as the series progresses… in THE LAST GUARDIAN, Artemis must defeat Opal Koboi once and for all. Listeners will love the fast-paced and funny conclusion to the internationally best-selling series.
Released in 2012, THE ENCHANTRESS by Michael Scott signaled the end of another popular series by an Irish author. The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series began in 2007 with THE ALCHEMYST, and each successive entry has followed fifteen-year-old twins Sophie and Josh Newman on their increasingly action-packed adventures around the world. This time, the future of the entire human race is at stake, and historical figures both real and mythical are choosing sides… Ireland is known for its rich storytelling, which is here on full display.
The Magic Tree House has taken characters Jack and Annie to many times and places, and one of those adventures is PARTICULARLY appropriate for St. Paddy’s Day… MAGIC TREE HOUSE #43: LEPRECHAUN IN LATE WINTER brings them to Ireland in 1862, where they must inspire a young girl named Augusta to share her creativity with the world. Unfortunately, their plan to inspire backfires, and they must rescue Augusta from the fairies who have taken her into the forest. The Magic Tree House series has something for everyone—kids will love the adventure and magic, and there is plenty of history and music to captivate parents, teachers, and librarians. As always, author Mary Pope Osborne narrates! Osborne isn’t from Ireland, but we’ll give her a pass for St. Patrick’s Day.
Friends don’t let friends date vampires… TEAM HUMAN is a hilarious and poignant story co-written by award-winning authors Justine Larbalestir (from Australia) and Sarah Rees Brennan (from IRELAND!). Readers are introduced to Mel, who must save her best friend from falling in love with a cool vampire that has shown up at their high school. Simultaneously, Mel is investigating a mysterious disappearance for another friend and discovering that a certain vampire wannabe has feelings for her. Throw a cranky vampire cop, some zombies, and a number of unlikely romantic entanglements into the mix and you’ve got a funny and touching story about friendship and the bonds of love.
Have a good St. Patrick’s Day!