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Book details
  • SubGenre:Fairy Tales & Folklore / Adaptations
  • Age Range (years):9 - 12
  • Language:English
  • Series title:Ballynoosle
  • Series Number:1
  • Pages:66
  • eBook ISBN:9781667887906

A Strange Place

by Aideen Mooney

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What is this strange Irish village called Ballynoosle, where a goat seems to be in charge? This is the start of a series of adventures featuring four dyslexic children and a vast array of characters from the magical realm, including the faery queen and a troubled mermaid. The big question is, will the human people and the faery people manage to live together in some sort of harmony?
In this first book of the Ballynoosle series, four dyslexic children are living on an old Guinness barge, moored not far from the village of Ballynoosle. Eleven-year-old Anika Das hopes to make some friends there especially because she only had one friend at her last school. At the village school, they meet a large black goat with flashing yellow eyes. He seems to have a small man as his personal servant. And he expects his every need to be satisfied. One night, the children stay up late eating biscuits on deck, and they see lights moving around on one of the islands. They investigate and find themselves with the power to help the village. It's a tough, dangerous quest and Anika begins to realize that things are not as they appear in Ballynoosle. Having been crushed by her experience at school, Anika now finds that she has the courage to make a commitment to her new friend, the boy with the raven. In this modern fairy tale, Anika learns a different way of being human, as an ordinary little lakeside village becomes an enchanted realm.
About the author
Aideen Mooney grew up in many places, including Malta. She now lives in a house in the west of Ireland surrounded by wild animals and birds. She is part of a group trying to make sure that these wild animals have paths to walk along so they can easily and safely get from place to place. In the summer months Aideen lives on a boat on the river and shows off by swimming around islands. Aideen enjoys working with dyslexic children and studying Irish folklore.

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