Gaelic book reviews on BBC Radio nan Gàidheal

We were delighted to discover that five of our Kelpies books had been reviewed by keen Gaelic-speaking Kelpies readers for Aileag, BBC Radio nan Gaidheal‘s weekly magazine programme for children, and thought we would share them with you!

Eubha read The Adventures of Hamish and Mirren by Moira Miller. She particularly enjoyed Mairi Hedderwick’s illustrations, the different stories in each chapter, and learning Scots words such as bairn, mither and greet.


In this clip, Hannah reads her favourite passage from Alette J. Willis’ quirky (and muddy!) adventure How To Make A Golem (And Terrify People) and says that even though it was a little spooky, she really enjoyed this story.


Coinneach enjoyed reading 2009 Kelpies Prize winner Magnus Fin and the Ocean Quest by Janis MacKay (not to be confused with Aileag’s presenter Janice Mackay!). He recommends this book to other readers and because the story is good, it is set in Scotland and because the Janis creates a clear picture in the reader’s mind.


Another Kelpies review from Coinneach and in this one he tells of how much he liked Caroline Clough’s writing style in her post-apocalyptic adventure Red Fever. The third book in the Red Fever trilogy, Silver Storm, will be published later this year.

In this final clip Peter gives a score of 9/10 to Soldier’s Game, James Killgore’s remarkable novel based on a true story of war, football and loyalty. He talks of how he learnt a lot about the First World War and life in the trenches through reading this interesting book.

Kelpies Prize 2011 — Shortlist announced

We are really happy to announce the three unpublished books that have been shortlisted for the Kelpies Prize 2011. They are (drum roll please!)…

How to Make a Golem (and Terrify People) by Alette J. Willis
The Really Weird Removals Company by Daniela Sacerdoti
The Resurrection Spell by Roy Gill

Edda, known to her family as “Mouse”, is fed up being afraid especially after her house is burgled on her birthday. So when she meets new-boy Michael Scot, who claims to be a great alchemist, he teaches her How to Make a Golem (and Terrify People) so she’ll never have to be afraid again. But is creating a powerful mud monster really the best idea?

Luca and Valentina’s uncle Alistair is a paranormal investigator, an expert in warding off feisty fairies, capturing stray trolls, and rescuing mermaids lost in the River Clyde. When he sees that Luca and Valentina share his gift, he invites them to join his new venture, The Really Weird Removals Company.

When Cameron is sent to live with his Grandma Ives after his dad’s death, she introduces him to the Daemon Parallel, a dark and dangerous world running parallel to our own, and also says she believes they can bring Cameron’s dad back to life using The Resurrection Spell. Cameron sets off on a dangerous journey through the deadly daemon underworld to find the ingredients. Will he survive long enough to finish the spell?

So if you were to choose a winner, who would it be? The Kelpies Prize judges are currently deliberating and will announce the winner at the awards ceremony on 19th August in Edinburgh. The winner will get a £2000 cheque and will have their book published in the Kelpies range later this year! Stay tuned for more info on the prize!

Posted by: Chani at Discover Kelpies

P.S – Why not check out previous winners of the Kelpies Prize including Red Fever, the winner of last year’s prize!