WINNER: Children's Books Ireland Awards, Special Judges Award 2013
When life is a dangerous game...
A novel in Irish full of mystery and adventureFor readers aged 10-14 years
I'm sorry. I'm afraid. Help me...
Hóng is a computer game Evan loves to play on the internet. But then he gets a strange message from another player, Yin, begging for help - not inside the game, but out in the wide world. Who is Yin and what is she afraid of? Can Evan, his friend Rio and his sister Síofra put a stop to some dirty business, not only in Ireland but on the far side of the world?
HÓNG will keep young readers turning the pages to the very end.
Childrens Books Ireland Awards, Judges Comments:Set in contemporary Ireland, this compelling story of adventure, computer games, friendship and mystery presents a refreshingly convincing version of young Irish-speaking teenagers engaging with an English-speaking world.
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Inis, Children's Books Ireland Magazine, Most-read Irish-language books 2013, by Laoise Ní Chléirigh
Hóng is an adventurous and lively story by Anna Heussaff, about a computer game and the dangers within for the players Evan and Rio. If a young reader has any interest at all in computer games then they will be truly taken with this little jewel of a story. Not only are computer games evident but there is considerable content based on Chinese culture, themes of friendship and family matters too. There is little doubt the judges of the CBI Book of the Year awards saw this thus awarding the 'Judges Special Award' 2013 to Anna Heussaff for Hóng. This is a super story and would certainly suit children from ten years upwards. There is a glossary at the back of the book that helps the young reader. The interest of the reader is easily captured from the beginning to the end of the story.