Futa Fata are delighted to be adding to their list of short novels for 8-12 year olds with a new original written by Ailbhe Nic Giolla Bhrighde. Go Ceann Scríbe is the story of Maidhcí, whose parents are on the cusp of separating. If that weren’t bad enough, his friendship with long term bestie, Joe, is also going through a transition! Can everyone get along for the sake of the Robot Building Championship and will Maidhcí adapt to the new directions life is taking him? Go Ceann Scríbe’s cover is illustrated by Lauren O’Neill and the novel is available nationwide now and online here
Coming at the end of March is what promises to be another exciting read from newcomer to Futa Fata, Fearghas Mac Lochlainn. When orphan Matthew Henson ran away from his violent stepmother to find a new life in the city, no one, not least himself, could ever have predicted that he would become the first man to reach the North Pole. A little luck and a lot of hard work led to a life of adventure on the high seas and in the Arctic. But, back home in America his achievements were ignored due to the colour of his skin. Race to the Frozen North was transformed into An Rás chuig an Mol Thuaidh. Fearghas Mac Lochlainn is well-known in Irish-language circles as a fine traditional singer, a composer of hilarious songs, and an illustrator in his own right. An Rás chuig an Mol Thuaidh is available at the end of March, paperback RRP €7.95.
Finally, Futa Fata have even more to brag about is MÍP, the latest standout story from Máire Zepf. Máire has been shortlisted in the Children’s Books Ireland and KPMG Books of the Year Awards. Suffice to say excitement is high in Futa Fata land that the lovable and adventurous robot MÍP has blasted her way to the shortlist. We wish her every success and wait with bated breath for the winners to be announced on 25th May .