Nightmare Club – we dare you to read!

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The launch of the second Citywide Reading initiative organised by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature takes place 15th January 2013. Mad Scientists, haunted guinea pigs and magic mirrors all feature in the Nightmare Club series of books which encourages children to read for pleasure. The books are those which children would choose themselves. They are short, spooky and fun with brilliant illustrations and will appeal to boys and girls.

There are six books in the series: Help! My Brother’s A Zombie, Guinea Pig Killer, Mirrored, A Dog’s Breakfast, The Wolfing’s Bite and Frankenkids and are “written” by Annie Graves with the help of Oisín McGann, Katherine Farmer, David Maybury, Deirdre Sullivan and Alice Stevens, and are illustrated by Glenn McElhinney. Each book features 12 year old Annie Graves, who invites boys and girls to join her sleepover club, where everyone who sleeps over has to tell a scary story.

The books are available to borrow from all Dublin City Public Libraries or to buy in all good bookshops. A dedicated website will go live in mid-January 2013 and will feature activities and fun extras for readers.

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Notes to the Editor

Associated events taking place from January to March include author visits to public libraries, storytelling on the Ghost Bus and creative workshops in Smock Alley Theatre as part of the St. Patrick’s Festival on Monday 18th March.

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