Books by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald

A Strange Kind of Brave (Orion Children’s Books, 2019)

What doesn’t kill you makes you … stronger? A poignant and gripping story about the power of fear, the resilience of love and the magic of food.

Jake McCormack is the villain of Clanfedden. He’s just killed a boy – deliberately run him over with his truck, on the bridge, in front of everyone. And he knows he’ll get away with it.

Luca, 14, is the new boy in town. He’s looking for a fresh start after a terrible thing that happened at his old school. Clanfedden is a small forgotten town, but Luca and his mum are going to give it a go. They’re opening an exciting restaurant, and Allie Redmond is coming to work there. Allie is honest and kind and Luca knows they’re going to be friends.

Allie has lived in Clanfedden all her life and these should be happy days – Luca is the best thing to have happened in years. But she’s haunted by shadows of her own, and more than anyone she knows the danger of Jake McCormack. She needs to warn Luca. She needs to prevent disaster. At least she needs to try…

‘Gripping, with an incredible twist that you simply won’t see coming’ Louise O’Neill, author of Asking for It

A Strange Kind of Brave is all kinds of wonderful. I was right there on every page, laughing, crying and unable to put it down – the twist is glorious! Be warned! If you start this book in bed, you’re in for a sleepless night’ Kit de Waal, author of My Name is Leon

‘This tale of friendship, betrayal, love, loss, revenge and obsession, written by a master storyteller, is quite literally unputdownable’ Donal Ryan, author of Spinning Heart

‘I thought I had my top ten favourite novels decided, but now I think it will need some reworking, because A Strange Kind of Brave definitely deserves a place’ Sadb, aged 16

  •  Shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards 2019

The List of Real Things (Orion Children’s Books, 2018) 

A poignant and big-hearted story about love, loss and believing in the magic of the imagination.

Grace knows the difference between what’s real and the strange ideas that float around in her little sister’s mind. Their parents died – that’s real. A secret hotel on the cliff-top where their parents are waiting – definitely NOT real. So when grief strikes again, Grace is determined not to let her sister’s outlandish imagination spiral out of control. But the line between truth and fantasy is more complicated than it seems…

‘A book full of warmth, hope, and wonderfully unforgettable characters’  Zana Fraillon, The Bone Sparrow

‘A beautiful, powerful book … astutely observed and perfectly-pitched’ Donal Ryan,  The Spinning Heart

‘Completely beguiling, and funny and tender and wise, with a heart as big and deep as the sea’ Piers Torday, author of The Last Wild trilogy

‘A sparkling tale… about loss, family and believing in magic’ The Irish Times

‘Poignant’ The Sunday Times

‘A stunning tale of loss, grief, love and magic’ The Gloss

averygoodchance-smfitzgerald-leo-nickolls-2016A Very Good Chance (Orion Children’s Books, 2017) 

The third novel from bestselling Waterstones Children’s Book Prize shortlisted author Sarah Moore Fitzgerald. Set in Dublin and Siena, with its dizzying, dare-devil Palio horse race, this is a story about taking chances, being brave and learning the best way to see the world.

Some people step through a wardrobe to find adventure, but Minty follows the twisty-turny trees into Nettlebog. There she finds Ned Buckley – the moody, mysterious boy who never talks at school. As Minty’s world disintegrates around her she searches for refuge in Nettlebog, and she discovers more about Ned: he’s able to ride wild horses. And he knows things about the human race that will save her.

Or there’s a very good chance at least.

‘This poetic little book is a gem’ Books For Keeps

‘Cements her reputation as one of our finest storytellers … a gorgeously written and completely engrossing tale set in Ireland and Italy of teenage friendship, fracturing families, social division, and bareback horse-racing.’ Donal Ryan, Limerick Leader

‘Brave and thoughtful with cracking characters […] one of Ireland’s most interesting children’s writers’ Irish Independent

‘This is a story about taking chances, being brave and learning the best way to see the world’ Parents In Touch

‘The language is lyrical and evocative and vivid. The book itself is short and sharp but unpacks itself in a way that makes it seem huge and expansive’ The Bookbag


The Apple Tart of Hope (Orion Children’s Books, 2014)

Oscar Dunleavy, who used to make the world’s most perfect apple tarts, is missing, presumed dead and no-one seems to be too surprised, except for Meg, his best friend who’s been away, and his little brother Stevie who’s refusing to give up. Surrounded by grief and confusion, Meg and Stevie set about figuring out what might have happened to Oscar, and together they discover the power and importance of keeping hope in your heart.


  • The Waterstones Children’s Book prize
  • The Independent Booksellers Week Award
  • and The Children’s Books Ireland Award

‘This novel is gentle and mild but it has hidden powers, too’ Martin Chilton, The Telegraph

‘This suspenseful story is vivid with characters’ The Sunday Times

‘A big-hearted novel about love, loyalty and friendship from a rising star’ The Bookseller

‘A moving and poignant tale about the redemptive power of friendship.’ Louise O’Neill, Irish Times

‘A layered, morally complex and captivating read’ Joseph O’Connor, Irish Times

SarahMoorefitzgeraldRBack to Blackbrick (Orion Children’s Books, 2013)

Cosmo must journey to the past to understand his future in this humorous, heartbreaking, and brilliantly original debut novel.

Abounding with humor and heart, this extraordinary novel is an original, unforgettable story about lost memories, lost times, and lost lives, reclaimed.

‘A tear-jerker with lessons in how to live life to the full’ Nicolette Jones, Sunday Times

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