Tuesday, 19 January 2016

"The Rising Son" by Brian Kirk. Book Review by Mia, aged 12.

We received a copy of this title, from the author, in return for an honest review...


This book is about 12-year-old Jack O'Connor from London, who goes to Dublin and stays with his Grandad because his Mom needs some space.  He has never met his Grandad before, so they don't talk to each other much at first.  But when Grandad saves Jack from a group of bullies, they confide in each other a little more.  One night, Jack goes back to 1916 and befriends Willie Mahon, a messenger for the rebels.  They get caught in the crossfire between the rebels and the British soldiers.  When Jack wakes up that morning, he's outside his Grandad's house.  He wonders how he got there.  For the next couple of nights, the same thing happens.  How does he go back to 1916?  Can he save Willie from dying?  And why did his Mom actually send him to Dublin?

I got this book just in time for the centenary of the 1916 Rising. It mentions some of the key places and people. It's a great book for a school novel, along with Molly's Diary by Patricia Murphy.  It's good for learning about the rising and, believe it or not, Gaelic football!  

I would recommend this for ages 12+.

The Rising Son is available in paperback and ebook format.  You can order your copy, for €12 inc. postage, here.  The ebook can be ordered via amazon link below:

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