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2017 Citywide Reading Campaign for Children – Knights of the Borrowed Dark

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We are delighted to announce that Knights of the Borrowed Dark by Dave Rudden, published by Puffin Books, is the chosen book for our 2017 Citywide Reading Campaign for Children.

This reading initiative is organised by Dublin City Council’s Public Library Service as part of its UNESCO City of Literature programme with the aim of encouraging children to read for pleasure.

There will be author visits to Dublin City public libraries as well as city-centre based events to promote the campaign from January to March 2017. Copies of the book will be available to borrow in all Dublin City Library branches.

Knights Of The Borrowed Dark is the first novel in a new trilogy about a secret war between a race of shapeshifting monsters and the warriors sworn to stop them. Denizen Hardwick doesn’t believe in magic – until he’s ambushed by a monster created from shadows and sees it destroyed by a word made of sunlight. That kind of thing can really change your perspective. Now Denizen is about to discover that there’s a world beyond the one he knows. A world of living darkness where an unseen enemy awaits. Fortunately for humanity, between us and the shadows stand the Knights of the Borrowed Dark. Unfortunately for Denizen, he’s one of them . . .

“I am honoured and delighted that KNIGHTS OF THE BORROWED DARK is Dublin UNESCO City of Literature’s Citywide Read. This is the city that taught me how to write, and I owe so much to its vibrant, friendly and supportive literary community. There’s a wild, swashbuckling charm to Dublin that very much inspired the strange and magical world of the Knights (though thankfully with less clockwork women and waistcoated misery-drinkers) and I can’t wait to share it with Dublin’s young readers and help them find stories of their own.” says Dave Rudden

This is the sixth year of the reading initiative. In previous years books chosen for the Citywide Reading Campaign included Alan Early’s Arthur Quinn and the World Serpent, The Nightmare Club series featuring Annie Graves , The Powers by Kevin Stevens, Danger is Everywhere by David O’Doherty, and last year’s book was The Book of Learning by E.R. Murray

Full details about the campaign and events will be available here in early January. For more details on Dave and the Knights of the Borrowed Dark click here.

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