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The Boldness of Betty

A 1913 Dublin Lockout Novel

Written by Anna Carey, Cover illustration by Lauren O'Neill

It’s summer 1913 and Betty Rafferty has had to leave school aged 14. She is lucky to gets a job in a sweet shop, but is bored and looks with envy at her customers who attend the nearby posh girls school. But life in Dublin becomes anything but boring when industrial unrest brings the city to a halt.

Teaching guide to the book by Nicola Heaney

The Making of Mollie

Written by Anna Carey, Cover illustration by Lauren O'Neill

Mollie Carberry's life seems pretty dull until she discovers her older sister Phyllis is a suffragette! When she and her friend Nora get involved they must face the question of how far a girl should go for her beliefs.

Teaching guide to the book by Aisling Hamill

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.

Teaching ideas for sixth class from O'Brien Reading Programme

Benny and Omar

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

Teaching guide to the novel by Irene Barber
Teaching ideas for sixth class from O'Brien Reading Programme

A Girl Called Blue

The orphanage is the only home Blue has ever known. She is desperate to find out who she really is. The closed file in stern Sister Regina's office holds the secret of her identity. And that is forbidden territory ...

Teaching guide by Irene Barber

Fields of Home

Written by Marita Conlon-McKenna, Illustrated by Donald Teskey and PJ Lynch

The final book in the famine trilogy
For Eily, Michael and Peggy the memory of the famine is still strong. But Mary-Brigid, Eily's first child, has the future to look forward to. What kind of future is it?

Teaching guide from O'Brien Teaching Guides Collection 3
Teaching guide from O'Brien Teaching Guides Collection 3

In Deep Dark Wood

When Bella Blackwell moves in next door, life takes a frightening and thrilling turn for Mia. Her brother and granny don't trust "The Bird Woman", and when she disappears their fear become real. A thrilling adventure story from Ireland's best-selling children's author.

Four pages of structured teaching guides to the novel
Four pages of structured teaching guides to the novel
Teaching ideas for fourth class from O'Brien Reading Programme

Safe Harbour

Written by Marita Conlon-McKenna, Cover illustration by Phillip Cullen

Sophie and Hugh are left homeless when their house is bombed during the London Blitz. Their mother is seriously injured and their Dad is away fighting, so the children are sent to their grandfather in Ireland. How will they live in a strange country with a gruff old man who probably hates them? And will the family ever be together again?

Teaching guide from O'Brien Teaching Guides Collection 3

Under the Hawthorn Tree

Children of the Famine

Written by Marita Conlon-McKenna, Illustrated by Donald Teskey, Cover illustration by PJ Lynch

The first book in the famine trilogy
Under the Hawthorn Tree is Ireland's top selling children's book and a classic for young readers worldwide. Set during the Irish famine, it follows three children as they travel across the country to find their family.

Teaching guide to the novel by Irene Barber
Teaching ideas for fifth class from O'Brien Reading Programme
Drama ideas based on the novel, by Helen Hallissey. Courtesy InTouch.
Teaching guide to the novel and film: introduction and episode 1 (349 kb)
Teaching guide to the novel and film: episode 2 (179 kb)
Teaching guide to the novel and film: episode 3 (215 kb)
Teaching guide to the novel and film: episode 4 (315 kb)

Wildflower Girl

Written by Marita Conlon-McKenna, Illustrated by Donald Teskey, Cover illustration by PJ Lynch

The second book in the famine trilogy
At seven, Peggy made a terrifying journey through famine-stricken Ireland. Now thirteen, and determined to make a new life for herself, she sets off alone to America …

Teaching ideas for sixth class from O'Brien Reading Programme
Teaching Guide for Wildflower Girl

Alice Again

Written by Judi Curtin, Illustrated by Woody Fox, Cover illustration by Nicola Colton

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.

Should I Stay Or Should I Go? Activity based on Alice Again
The Life Coach: activity based on Alice Again
The Ten Commandments: activity based on Alice Again
Summaries and discussion points for the first 5 Alice and Megan books

Alice in the Middle

Written by Judi Curtin, Illustrated by Woody Fox, Cover illustration 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

Summaries & discussion points for the first 5 Alice & Megan books