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Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles: Ronan Boyle, Book 1

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Magical mayhem, booze among wee folk in zany Irish tale.

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age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

Zany and hilarious.

Genuinely hilarious book about a boy who gets recruited into the division of the Irish police that deals with the crimes of the leprechauns. A fun read all around. Some fighting with shillelaghs and a bit of gross-out humor.

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Shillelaghs fly, whiskey flows, and foul odors fill the air as first-time novelist and Weird Al screenwriter Thomas Lennon pits his geeky teen hero against the leprechauns. Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles launches a new series set in the magical land of Tir Na Nog -- but not the sweet, sentimental version you might have heard about before.

"Like all Irish children, I had heard of the wee folk -- leprechauns, far darrigs, harpies, and such -- and that they love mischief and they come from Tir Na Nog, which is the land of the faerie folk. But like most sensible children, I always imagined that this was a bunch of made-up blarney -- stories invented and embellished in pubs by glassy-eyed old-timers who were pissed as farts on rum and punch.

"But let me assure you, ... Tir Na Nog is a real place.

"And the wee folk are not a friendly pack of elves who will fill your shoes with candy while you sleep. They are small, hard-working swindlers who would steal your nose and replace it with a turnip if they thought they could make one single euro from doing it."

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