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The apple tart of hope


No. of pages 209

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Great for age 12+

'A moving and poignant tale about the redemptive power of friendship' - Louise O'Neill, bestselling author of Asking for It

Oscar Dunleavy is missing, presumed dead.

His bike was found at sea, beyond the pier, and everyone in town has accepted this as a teenage tragedy.

Except for his best friend, Meg.

Oscar's kind, always cheerful, and makes the world's best apple tarts.

Meg knows he isn't dead ...

... and she's going to prove it.

 

This book has been awarded five stars as it was recognised by the Waterstones Children's Book Prize Award, and the Best Book For Teens Award, and the Telegraph Best YA Award, and the CBI Book Of the Year Award. The CBI Book of the Year Awards are literary awards presented annually in the Republic of Ireland to writers of books for children and young people. The Awards are run by Children's Books Ireland (CBI) and are open to authors and illustrators born or resident in Ireland; books may be written in English or Irish. The awards, known as The Bisto Awards when they began in 1990, are now sponsored by the CBI.

Part mystery, part sweet romance ... Young readers will be hooked from the get-go. * PEOPLE, The Best Children's Books of 2016 *
Part mystery, part sweet romance ... Young readers will be hooked from the get-go. * PEOPLE, The Best Children's Books of 2016 *
This novel is gentle and mild but it has hidden powers, too. -- Martin Chilton * THE TELEGRAPH *
This novel is gentle and mild but it has hidden powers, too. -- Martin Chilton * THE TELEGRAPH *
This suspenseful story is vivid with characters * THE SUNDAY TIMES *
This suspenseful story is vivid with characters * THE SUNDAY TIMES *
one of Ireland's most interesting children's writers * IRISH INDEPENDENT *
one of Ireland's most interesting children's writers * IRISH INDEPENDENT *
A moving and poignant tale about the redemptive power of friendship. -- bestselling author iof ASKING FOR IT, Louise O'Neill * IRISH TIMES *
A moving and poignant tale about the redemptive power of friendship. -- bestselling author iof ASKING FOR IT, Louise O'Neill * IRISH TIMES *
A poignant, unusual contemporary novel -- Imogen Russell Williams * METRO *
A poignant, unusual contemporary novel -- Imogen Russell Williams * METRO *
A big-hearted novel about love, loyalty and friendship from a rising star -- The Bookseller * THE BOOKSELLER *
A big-hearted novel about love, loyalty and friendship from a rising star -- The Bookseller * THE BOOKSELLER *
A layered, morally complex and captivating read -- Joseph O'Connor * IRISH TIMES *
A layered, morally complex and captivating read -- Joseph O'Connor * IRISH TIMES *
...a wonderful book that will leave you with a giant smile on your face, and a longing for the taste homemade apple tart. * THE BOOK BAG *
...a wonderful book that will leave you with a giant smile on your face, and a longing for the taste homemade apple tart. * THE BOOK BAG *
I was so absorbed in the moving storyline that I read it in one sitting * Book Babblers *
I was so absorbed in the moving storyline that I read it in one sitting * Book Babblers *
A beautiful book about being different, about good and bad friendships, and how salvation can come from an unlikely place. * Scribbles Book Reviews *
A beautiful book about being different, about good and bad friendships, and how salvation can come from an unlikely place. * Scribbles Book Reviews *
I felt this story had real depth, and dealt honestly and compassionately with strong emotions and serious decisions. * The Little Reader Library *
I felt this story had real depth, and dealt honestly and compassionately with strong emotions and serious decisions. * The Little Reader Library *
Both adults and children alike would thoroughly enjoy * Chrissi Reads *
Both adults and children alike would thoroughly enjoy * Chrissi Reads *
A little piece of pure, irresistible magic -- Eve Seymore * CHELTENHAM STANDARD *
A little piece of pure, irresistible magic -- Eve Seymore * CHELTENHAM STANDARD *
A beautiful story about friendship and hope that will make you laugh and cry * WRD About Books *
A beautiful story about friendship and hope that will make you laugh and cry * WRD About Books *
A delicious and gently philospophical book which explores the issues of bullying, loss, friendship and love with insight and humour * The Best New Children's Books 2015 *
A delicious and gently philospophical book which explores the issues of bullying, loss, friendship and love with insight and humour * The Best New Children's Books 2015 *

Fully developed secondary characters ... add richness and depth to this lyrically written tale, which explores themes
of manipulation, self-discovery, hope, and love ...This touching novel is one to savor

* Book List *

Fully developed secondary characters ... add richness and depth to this lyrically written tale, which explores themes
of manipulation, self-discovery, hope, and love ...This touching novel is one to savor

* Book List *
Readers will delight in watching Meg and Oscar transition from friendship to love while they become enraged at Paloma's bullying behavior. In addition to the romance, there is also plenty of intrigue and mystery to engage readers not typically drawn to love stories. * School Library Journal *
Readers will delight in watching Meg and Oscar transition from friendship to love while they become enraged at Paloma's bullying behavior. In addition to the romance, there is also plenty of intrigue and mystery to engage readers not typically drawn to love stories. * School Library Journal *
This is a wonderful and gripping tale about young love and friendship and how easy it is for things to go wrong. Even when there is apple tart * Bookwitch *
This is a wonderful and gripping tale about young love and friendship and how easy it is for things to go wrong. Even when there is apple tart * Bookwitch *
A VERY GOOD CHANCE is brave and thoughtful with cracking characters. It deserves a wide readership and confirms Moore Fitzgerald's place as one of Ireland's most interesting new children's writers. * IRISH INDEPENDENT on A VERY GOOD CHANCE *
The language is lyrical and evocative and vivid. The book itself is short and sharp but unpacks itself in a way that makes it seem huge and expansive * THE BOOKBAG on A VERY GOOD CHANCE *
A moving and poignant tale about the redemptive power of friendship. * Louise O'Neill, bestselling author of ASKING FOR IT, on THE APPLE TART OF HOPE *
A big-hearted novel about love, loyalty and friendship from a rising star * THE BOOKSELLER on THE APPLE TART OF HOPE *
The characters are well-drawn in this absorbing and thought-provoking timeslip novel. Sarah Moore Fitzgerald tells a moving and original story of love and loss with both humour and understanding. * BOOKTRUST on BACK TO BLACKBRICK *