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Irish Book Awards 2017

13th December 2017

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Now in its 12th year, The Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards was founded to celebrate and promote Irish writing to the widest range of readers possible. Each year it brings together a huge community passionate about books – readers, authors, booksellers, publishers and librarians – to recognise and celebrate the very best of Irish writing talent. There are two separate children's book of the year awards for Junior and Senior. 

From a small base of three initial categories, the awards now include fifteen categories spanning the literary genres. Thousands of ordinary readers vote to select the winners every year. Libraries and bookshops showcase the best books of the year in the critical sales period of the fourth quarter. The Awards Dinner has become the major event in the literary calendar with Taoisigh and Presidents as guests of honour. Since 2011, highlights of the awards have been shown on RTÉ television.

The 2017 winners have been announced for the Junior and Senior awards and you can see the winners and the shortlist below.


2017 WINNER (Junior)

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A Sailor Went to Sea, Sea, Sea: Favourite Rhymes from an Irish Childhood

Enjoy Irish favourites like `Brian O'Linn' and `I'll Tell Me Ma', classics such as `My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean' and `Monday's Child', silly rhymes that every child will love like `Beans', `Pardon Me' and `On Top of Spaghetti', as well as magical verses for children written by Oscar Wilde, Oliver St John Gogarty, James Joyce and others.

O'Brien Press

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2017 SHORTLIST (Junior)

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The President's Glasses by Peter Donnelly

The president has some VERY important documents to sign at Dublin Castle, but without his glasses, how will he do it?

Luckily, the presidential pigeon knows exactly what's happened and follows the presidential car to Dublin Castle, taking in a bird's eye view of the city on his way.

But the pigeon gets stuck in traffic on O'Connell Street ... meets some tourists taking selfies ... and even beats a Viking ship in a boat race!

Will he ever catch up with the president to deliver his glasses in time?

Gill

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Socks for Mr Wolf by Tatyana Feeney

Mr Wolf loves looking good. Mr Wolf loves to dance. But more than anything in the world Mr Wolf loves his beautiful socks. Until one day, a hole appears in one ... WHAT can he do? Follow the rather dapper Mr Wolf on a woolly adventure around Ireland as he tries to save his socks!

O'Brien Press 

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Rabbit and Bear: The Pest in the Nest by Julian Gough & Jim Field

"PEACE AND QUIET," shouts Rabbit. "THAT'S ALL I WANT."Owch. He's hurt his own ears again.What with Bear's snoring, and a BANG!BANG!BANG! noise from up in the tree, Rabbit knows that Something Simply Has To Be Done.But high in the branches, perhaps Bear can show Rabbit how to see the world from a different place ...

Hachette Children's Group

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Patrick and the President by Ryan Tubridy & P. J. Lynch ​

When the much-loved President visited Ireland in 1963, he described it as the best four days of his life and, for a generation of Irish people, it was a trip they never forgot. In this warmly told, big-hearted picture book, Ryan captures the fevered excitement in the build-up to JFK's visit - all evoked through the eyes of a young boy called Patrick who wants to know, more than anything, what it would feel like to shake the President's hand...

Walker Books

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Focloiropedia: A Journey Through the Irish Language from Aran to Zu by Fatti Burke & John Burke

This breathtakingly exciting book discovers the Irish language as you've never learned it before! Fatti Burke's amazing illustrations and her father John's fabulous teaching bring the language alive with every turn of the page.

Gill

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2017 winner (senior)

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Stand By Me by Judi Curtin

What if something happened long ago that still makes you sad? Graham is Molly and Beth's favourite uncle, so they really want to help him fix the past - and since the girls know of a mysterious door that can take them back in time, maybe they can! But how can they find who they're looking for without apps or social media? And what will the girls make of the 60s, where the hairstyles are wild, the slang is weird and no one's heard of ciabatta?

O'Brien Press

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2017 shortlist (senior)

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The Forever Court (Knights of the Borrowed Dark Book 2) by Dave Rudden

Life is returning to normal for Denizen Hardwick. Well, the new normal, where he has to battle monsters in quiet Dublin bookshops and constantly struggle to contain the new powers he has been given by Mercy, the daughter of the Endless King. But Denizen may need those powers sooner than he thinks - not only are the Tenebrous stirring again but the Order of the Borrowed Dark face a new threat from much closer to home...

Penguin Books

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Star by Star by Sheena Wilkinson

Stella has always looked forward to changing the world. It's what she was brought up to do, by a suffragette mother who knew all about fighting and rebellion. But it's November 1918. The great flu pandemic sweeping the world has robbed Stella of her mother and her home, and she's alone in a strange country, with an aunt she's never met. But change is coming.

Little Island

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Illegal: A graphic novel telling one boy's epic journey to Europe by Eoin Colfer , Andrew Donkin & Giovanni Rigano

Ebo: alone. His sister left months ago. Now his brother has disappeared too, and Ebo knows it can only be to make the hazardous journey to Europe. Ebo's epic journey takes him across the Sahara Desert to the dangerous streets of Tripoli, and finally out to the merciless sea. But with every step he holds on to his hope for a new life, and a reunion with his sister.

Hachette Children's Group

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A Place Called Perfect by Helena Duggan

Why does everyone have to wear special glasses to stop them going blind? What are the strange noises in the night and why is Mum acting so weird? Then Dad disappears and Violet is determined to uncover the truth with the help of the mysterious Boy. But returning normality to Perfect is a battle they never imagined...

Usborne Publishing 

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A Dangerous Crossing

Ghalib doesn't want to leave his home in Syria. But the city has become too dangerous, and his family has no choice but to flee. Together they make their way through Syria to the Turkish border, where Ghalib gets separated from his family. Stricken with grief and fear, fighting cold, pain and hunger, he manages to make it to a refugee camp in Turkey. Ghalib is safe for now, but life in a refugee camp is wretched and hopeless, and this boy's journey in search of safety is far from over. 

Little Island

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