Middle School Worst Years Of My Life by James Patterson

Worst Years Of My Life reviewed by Emer Quigley

Middle School Worst Years Of My LifeRafe Khatchadorian starts operation R.A.F.E at the start of the school year. He falls in love with Jenna Galletta. His behaviour is unbelievable. This story gets better and better throughout the book.

It is one laugh after another, like when Rafe was trying to defeat the Dragon lady, bear and trying to stand up to his bully miller the killer. It is great craic. His best friend is always there for him.

I love this book I think this is very suitable for any age kid, teenager and adult I would give this book a 9/10 an A+.

The Arthur Quinn Series by Alan Early

The Arthur Quinn Series reviewed by Jack Massey

Arthur QuinnThe Arthur Quinn series by Alan Early.  These books are about a boy called Arthur who moves to Dublin from Kerry, because his dad gets a job at the new metro. He has to leave everything he knows and go to a new school, new house and make new friends. Through the whole series he makes four real friends: Ash, Max, Ellie and Ex. It is called “The Father of Lies Chronicles” series because the Norse God Loki is known as the father of lies, and he is the villain in it.

There are three books in the series: “Arthur Quinn and the World Serpent,” “Arthur Quinn and the Fenris Wolf,” and “Arthur Quinn and Hells Keeper.”

It’s one of my favourite Series, once you start reading the first book you won’t want to put it down…. until you have read all three!

I would recommend these books from age 9 upwards! It is like an Irish Harry Potter story, I love how they all have such smart and different plots and I give it ten out of ten.

It is really good to read a story set in Ireland, Alan Early is a fantastic Irish Author.

Why buy your school books from Midland Books?

It really doesn’t be long coming around but just as the kids are getting ready for their summer holidays we begin getting ready for back to school.

As always Midland Books is well prepared to help you get everything ready for September. Below is a host of reasons to shop with us.

  • Savings Club: You can pay off what you want when you want. Bring in the list to us as soon as you get it and we will get it ready for you, leave it aside, text you with the price and you can pay off a little every week and collect them whenever you want.
  • Second Hand Books: We sell second hand books at half the price of the new books. You can also leave in your unwanted school books and when they sell, we will give you back 30% in cash.
  • School Bags: We stock a huge range of school bags from brands such as Ridge 53 & Freelander including wheelie bags. These are suitable for both primary and secondary and range in price from €16 to €50. These bags are built to last.
  • Stationery: We have years of experience in handling school lists. We know everything that can be put on a list from all the different copies to the different types of colouring pencils, handwriting pens, folders and even playing cards. If you’re not sure what it is, the chance is we have a very good idea. We stock them all and at competitive prices. You won’t be disappointed.
  • Get 10% off on our website. We have been selling online nationwide for several years now. Check out our website at www.schoolbooksdirect.ie. All school books, stationery & school bags are available there with a 10% discount. You can order and pay for them online and if you type ‘tullamore’ into the coupon code at the checkout it will take off the price of postage and you can collect them in store. We will email or text you as soon as they are ready so you know we will have everything in stock and waiting for you.
  • School Uniforms. Daru School Uniforms has just opened right next door to us on High Street. So it will now be known as the back to school district.



Happy World Book Night

World Book nightNot content with a World Book Day, World Book Night is now in it’s 5th year and takes place on the 23rd of April. While the day version is primarily aimed at children and teenagers, World Book Night is targeted at adults who don’t currently read for pleasure.

At the moment, it takes place only in the UK and sees special editions of 20 books from well known authors including Roddy Doyle, Lynda La Plante, Rachel Joyce & even Karl Pilkington being released and distributed by enthusiastic volunteers within their community.

The organisers expect 250,000 books to be distributed. As well as this, they are asking people to go out and buy a book and give it to someone in their community.

David Almond, the author of Skelling said of the event

“What a wonderful way to celebrate one of humankind’s greatest creations.                                                                               What a truly creative way to encourage people to read one book, then                                                                                        another, then another, to encourage people to become life long readers.”

Hopefully we will get to see this amazing and worthwhile event take off on this side of the Irish sea at some stage.



Wonder by RJ Palacio

Wonder – Reviewed by Jack, Age 11

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Wonder by RJ Palacio is about a boy named August Pullman, who was born with a facial abnormality. Auggie had always been home-schooled, but his parents decide to send him to a real school to prepare for the real world. At first, he is terrified but when he starts he makes a few friends, and a few enemies…

At first, he sees some children staring at him when they think he isn’t looking, pointing and whispering to their friends, Auggie was used to it, but he wants to convince them that he’s a normal boy, not the boy with the weird face that everyone’s scared of, but the boy he is on the inside, the normal ten year old who plays xbox and eats ice cream like everyone else his age.

It’s one of my favourite books and I recommend it for children and adults.


Wonder is available in store at a price of €10.80 or from our website www.schoolbooksdirect.ie