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Readin' o' the Green
By Hilary Williamson
March, 2006 (updated Mar 07)

'Oh, Paddy dear, and did you hear the news that's going round?
The shamrock is by law forbid to grow on Irish ground;
Saint Patrick's Day no more we'll keep, his colours can't be seen,
For there's a cruel law against the wearin' o' the green.' (Irish ballad)

Luckily, there's no law against the readin' o' the green, and there are plenty of great Irish books available. Here are a few for your enjoyment ...

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
The charming 12-year old Irish criminal mastermind's conniving debut.

Bring Me the Head of Oliver Plunkett by Colin Bateman
A preserved head is stolen from the St. Oliver Plunkett Home for Boys.

Dragon by Julie Andrews Edwards & Emma Walton Hamilton
This medieval murder mystery stars an Irish wolfhound named Dragon.

The Hunter's Moon by O. R. Melling
Cousins Findabhair and Gwen love all things magical.

Ingledove by Marly Youmans
Ingledove seeks help for her brother from the Master of Witchmasters.

Mabel O'Leary Put Peas in Her Ear-y by Mary Delaney & Kathy Couri
Young Mabel goes to great lengths to avoid ingesting vegetables.

Nory Ryan's Song by Patricia Reilly Giff
Story of Nory Ryan and her family during the 1845 Irish potato famine.

That's What Leprechauns Do by Eve Bunting & Emily Arnold McCully
Introduces 3 mischievous green elf-like creatures named Ari, Boo and Col.

There Once Was a Man Named Michael Finnegan by Mary Ann Hoberman & Nadine Bernard Westcot
This delightful adaptation of the song ends with begin-i-gan.

Why I Let My Hair Grow Out by Maryrose Wood
Morgan has magical adventures on a cycling tour in Ireland.

The Wish List by Eoin Colfer
Ghostly, cheeky, troubled Meg finds a father figure in the afterlife.

Enjoy these green reads and, as Jonathan Swift said, 'May you live all the days of your life.'
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