Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Get a feel for Ireland with these popular books:

Hush : An Irish Princess’ Tale by Donna Jo Napoli

Fifteen-year-old Melkorka, an Irish princess, is kidnapped by Russian slave traders and not only learns how to survive but to challenge some of the brutality of her captors, who are fascinated by her apparent muteness and the possibility that she is enchanted.

 Ashes of Roses
Ashes of Roses by Mary Jane Auch

Sixteen-year-old Margaret Rose Nolan, newly arrived from Ireland, finds work at New York City’s Triangle Shirtwaist Factory shortly before the 1911 fire in which 146 employees died.

 Bog Child


Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd

In 1981, the height of Ireland’s “Troubles,” eighteen-year-old Fergus is distracted from his upcoming A-level exams by his imprisoned brother’s hunger strike, the stress of being a courier for Sinn Fein, and dreams of a murdered girl whose body he discovered in a bog.

New Policeman 
The New Policeman by Kate Thompson

Irish teenager JJ Liddy discovers that time is leaking from his world into Tír na nÓg, the land of the fairies, and when he attempts to stop the leak he finds out a lot about his family history, the music that he loves, and a crime his great-grandfather may or may not have committed.