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Written by Padraig Kenny

Fantasy / Magical Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers Star Books

LoveReading View on Pog

Two children battle evil with the help of a magical friend

Exciting, touching and with a real sense of magic, Pog is exactly the kind of story readers love. David and Penny move into a new home in an ancient forest after their mother’s death.  Unbeknownst to them, the grief they are feeling makes them prey to dark forces from a different world and they are in real danger. Fortunately they have a protector in the small, hairy figure of Pog, last of the Fairy Folk, who is assigned to guard the door between this world and the dark, other one. But the threat is greater than any of them realise, and the adventure that develops is full of tension and drama as well as moments that are deeply moving.  There are shades of classic magical stories – Narnia even – though this feels completely original, and it touches sensitively on issues of loss. Highly recommended.

Andrea Reece

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A Piece of Passion from Barry Cunningham, Publisher, Chicken House;

I’ve always believed in (my fellow!) little people. Often hidden, they help us in small but important ways – and they’re always there when things get too tough. In legend, little people are forever a connection to other worlds . . . and that’s the case in this extraordinary story too. Pádraig gives heart and soul, danger and excitement to what happens when children need help the most.

Pog Synopsis

David and Penny's strange new home is surrounded by forest. It's the childhood home of their mother, who's recently died. But other creatures live here ... magical creatures, like tiny, hairy Pog. He's one of the First Folk, protecting the boundary between the worlds. As the children explore, they discover monsters slipping through from the place on the other side of the cellar door. Meanwhile, David is drawn into the woods by something darker, which insists there's a way he can bring his mother back ...

Pog Press Reviews

Praise for Tin:

‘One of a kind. Utterly fantastic.’ – Eoin Colfer 

‘A brilliantly original, warm-hearted story.’ – Sunday Express

‘A superlative debut’ – Guardian  

‘Tin is a remarkably assured debut novel, full of imagination.’
Irish Independent, Top 50 books of the Year

‘An amazing adventure’ – The Week Junior

‘Every so often you read a book that is so wonderful you wish you had written it – this book is one of those.’ – Reading Zone

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ISBN: 9781911490395
Publication date: 04/04/2019
Publisher: Chicken House Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781911490395
Publication date: 4th April 2019
Author: Padraig Kenny
Publisher: Chicken House Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 288 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Fantasy / Magical
Recommendations: Star Books

About Padraig Kenny

Pádraig Kenny is an Irish writer from Newbridge in County Kildare. He has a first class master's degree in Anglo-Irish Writing from Maynooth University, and he has taught English literature and creative writing. He has worked as a freelance arts journalist, and as a scriptwriter he has written drama and comedy for radio and screen. Tin is his first novel.

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