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Blue Flag: For readers aged 10+

O'Brien Blue Flag books offer a wealth of fiction from award-winning authors with everything from adventure, fantasy and historical fiction to stories of love, friendship and family life.

Many have won awards and been translated into a wide range of foreign languages, a true testament to their quality and popularity.

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17 Martin Street

When Hetty’s family move to Martin Street near Portobello bridge in Dublin, they’re not sure of their welcome.

And next door, Ben’s family are not sure about their new Jewish neighbours: it’s The Emergency and they are suspicious of strangers.

Across the Divide

When Liam, a poor eleven-year-old boy, and Nora, a rich ten-year-old girl meet at a Feis Ceol, an unlikely bond is formed - a bond that leads to a friendship spanning the deeply divided city that was Dublin in 1913.

Alice & Megan Forever

Written by Judi Curtin, Illustrated by Woody Fox

Megan and Alice are starting secondary school; with new subjects, new teachers and new friends, it’s going to take a bit of getting used to.
The sixth book in Judi Curtin's bestselling series.

Alice & Megan's Cookbook

Written by Judi Curtin, Illustrated by Woody Fox

Alice and Megan are back; in the kitchen! A fun-filled cookbook, packed with brilliant recipes: Brilliant Breakfasts . Lucky Lunchboxes . Super Snacks . Marvellous Main Courses . Delicious Desserts . Cakes & Cookies.

Alice Again

Written by Judi Curtin, Illustrated by Woody Fox

Alice and Megan are back!
While enjoying spring mid-term together they plot to get rid of Alice's Mum's new boyfriend.
More fun in the sequel to Alice Next Door.

Alice and Megan Series

Written by Judi Curtin, Illustrated by Woody Fox

Alice and Megan are best friends who simply have to be together! It would be so much easier if they didn't have to deal with all the other people: family, classmates, teachers, ...

All eight books in the series, as well as the fabulous Alice and Megan's Cookbook for a great price!

Alice in the Middle

Written by Judi Curtin, Illustrated by Woody Fox, Cover design or artwork by Nicola Colton

Megan can’t wait to go away to Summer Camp with her best friend Alice. But when Alice makes friends with Hazel, Megan begins to feel left out.

The fourth book about Alice and Megan

Alice Next Door

Written by Judi Curtin, Illustrated by Woody Fox

Best friends NEED to be together. Don't they? Megan's best friend Alice has moved away -- but the two friends hatch a risky plot to get back together.

Alice to the Rescue

Written by Judi Curtin, Illustrated by Woody Fox, Cover design or artwork by Nicola Colton

Everyone in first year is really excited about the big prize in the English essay competition - but it causes huge problems for Alice and Megan's friendship.
The seventh book in Judi Curtin's bestselling series.

All to Play For

Thirteen year old Anna is struggling to cope with the recent loss of her father, when she discovers a forgotten gift from him - a pair of bright orange football socks. With the help of these brightly coloured good-luck charms, Anna slowly begins to gain confidence both on and off the pitch. 

Amelia

The year is 1914 and Amelia Pim will soon be thirteen. There are rumours of war and rebellion, and Dublin is holding its breath for major, dramatic events. But all that matters to Amelia is what she will wear to her birthday party ...

And The Blood Flowed Green

Written by and Illustrated by Alan Nolan

Marion Mulligan is a down-at-hell private investigator abducted by aliens and abandoned on a distant planet with only a robotic Remote Universal Translator Unit (RUNT) for company. But he needs to call on all of his skills when a murderer strikes.

Arrivals

How long can a secret be kept?

In 1920s Canada, a summer of fun for three friends is destroyed by a frightening crime. Almost a century later, teenager Ciara Farrelly visits her dead grandfather's Ontario home and tries to solve the mystery surrounding it.

Behind the Walls

A City Besieged

Derry. 1689. The city’s inhabitants resist all attempts by the King James’s men to storm their gates. Outside, the soldiers reckon the only effective weapon they have left is to starve them out...

Benny and Babe

Benny suffers a severe blow to his pride when he meets Babe. He may be a wise guy, but she is at least three steps ahead of him, and they are on her territory.

Benny and Omar

Moving to Tunisia is a real eye-opener for a young Wexford hurling fan. Eoin Colfer's hilarious debut novel.