Introducing a whole new series of children’s stories about the magical world of Ballyyahoo.
Ballyyahoo isn’t just a beautiful little Irish town. It’s packed with fun and surprises – like mad donkeys and the squawk birds and there might even be a real live witch!
IRELAND’S BEST-KEPT SECRET
Now you probably would like to visit this special little town, but they don’t call Ballyyahoo Ireland’s best kept secret for nothing. You see if towns could be shy, then Ballyyahoo would be the shyest town there ever was.
Long ago the Ballyyahooians took a special Ballyyahoo oath never to reveal the whereabouts of the town to strangers and you can never break a Ballyyahoo oath.
Never mind, because there is another way to meet the people of Ballyyahoo – especially if you like to read stories because there’s lots of children’s stories about Ballyyahoo and more to come soon!
THE WITCH OF BALLYYAHOO
Like everyone else, Gerry’s heard the rumour of the witch of Ballyyahoo and like everyone else, Gerry thinks it’s just a story made up by bored people and there’s quite a few of those in Ballyyahoo, like Sergeant Sid.
Sergeant Sid is bored because there’s never any crime in Ballyyahoo and he’s got nothing to do. So he makes up crimes, like having no lights on a donkey, looking crooked, or picking hazelnuts without a license.
Meanwhile, Gerry begins to see some strange goings on in the quiet lanes of Ballyyahoo, and soon he learns that a crime is going to happen.
This crime has nothing to do with donkeys, lights, or hazelnuts. This is a real crime, a terrifying crime that starts with a big knife, a big burglar, and just might end in murder.
Gerry desperately tries to stop this crime from happening, but he realizes he’s all alone. If anyone ever needed a witch in Ballyyahoo, it was now. But is there really a witch in Ballyyahoo?
BONKERS IN BALLYYAHOO
Gerry Mac and his cousin Kevin are so bored they’re bored being bored. In Ballyyahoo boredom usually means one thing – trouble!
Trouble is Kevin’s middle name. Once he let an army of spiders loose in the local pub and another time he put cockroaches on the bread counter at Kelly’s shop.
One day Kevin’s mother gives him a computer. She thinks it will keep him out of trouble but all it does is give Kevin ideas, and Kevin with ideas is worse than Kevin being bored. Soon the people of Ballyyahoo are going to learn just how much worse Kevin can be.
THE LITTLE BOOK OF SWINGING ON A GATE
Like his cousin, Kevin, Gerry Mac gets bored. He’s very lucky that he loves swinging on a gate because he can’t find anything else to do. Gerry Mac hates it when grown ups get ideas because they usually involve him getting off the gate and doing some work.
So when his mother gets the idea to make him do a hard day’s digging in old Paddy Plant’s garden it’s no wonder Gerry wants to run away. But then something shocking happens and for once, Gerry has to act fast – to save the day.
THE REAL HALLOWEEN
Sean loves Halloween, and he loves ghost stories so much, he reads them every single night by torchlight. But, one night his mother catches him and bans him from reading any more scary stories. He runs all the way to his Grandad’s house, even though there’s no street lights in Ballyyahoo, even though it’s pitch black outside, and even though it’s Halloween.
Sean isn’t scared of anything, at least not until his Grandad tells him the scariest story he’s ever heard. Sean’s family has been keeping a secret. A terrifying secret! The secret of an Uncle he never heard of before and the secret of a haunted well! This is one Halloween Sean will never forget!
CHRISTMAS IN BALLYYAHOO
Christmas is a special time of year and it’s even more special in Ballyyahoo. In fact Christmas in Ballyyahoo is going to be even more special this year – there might even be some surprises too!
Christmas in Ballyyahoo was going to be the best one ever, until Santa and Rudolph turned up on Christmas Eve. Santa and Rudolph were not all they appeared to be – they’re a pair of vicious crooks!
Those two wicked robbers have no intention of wishing anyone a happy Christmas, especially not anyone from Ballyyahoo.
The only thing this Santa and Rudolph want to wrap up for Christmas is Kevin and Gerry. There’s only one person can help them and that’s the wonderful Witch of Ballyyahoo but can she save them in time? And, can she really fly?
MAGGIE MANY CATS AND THE CAT THE FLEW IN THE WINDOW