Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles (Ronan Boyle #1) (B&N edition)

Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles (Ronan Boyle #1) (B&N edition)

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Overview


Fourteen-year-old Ronan Boyle is the youngest and lowliest recruit to the secret Garda, an Irish police force that handles the misdeeds of numerous magical creatures. Ronan’s parents are in jail, but Ronan is convinced that they were framed by the wee people. So, despite his small size, poor eyesight, and social awkwardness, he’s determined to learn all he can in the Garda in order to prove his parents’ innocence. To show he’s got what it takes, he’ll have to confront a fiery leprechaun, a sinister harpy, and a whole world of monsters hidden in plain sight next to real-life Ireland. Fast paced, action packed, and completely hilarious, this is the start to an exciting new middle-grade series by actor and writer Thomas Lennon.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781419739163
Publisher: Amulet Books
Publication date: 03/05/2019
Series: Ronan Boyle Series , #1
Edition description: B&N Exclusive Edition
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 23,195
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author


Thomas Lennon is a writer, comedian, and actor who has worked on a number of things you probably love, including Reno 911! and Night at the Museum. Lennon lives in Los Angeles with his wife, the actress Jenny Robertson, and their son, Oliver.

John Hendrix is the illustrator of Nurse, Soldier, Spy and author/illustrator of Shooting at the Stars and The Faithful Spy, which won the 2018 Society of Illustrators Gold Medal and received 4 starred reviews.

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Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles (B&N Exclusive Edition) (Ronan Boyle Series #1) 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a hilarious adventure for young readers and adults who love humor. Laugh out loud, with lots of Irish magic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a HILARIOUS and very well written book that is very funny for BOTH kids and adults! Highly recommended!
Eire2011 More than 1 year ago
Ronan Boyle is an awkward teenager with a heart of gold! I received an ARC in exchange for a review but it doesn't affect my thoughts and all comments are completely my own. Thank you so much to Edelweiss and the Publisher for allowing me to have an ARC! This is the story of the unexpected adventures of an Irish teenager named Ronan Boyle who gets a job as an intern in Galway in the hopes of finding evidence to help free his parents who have been locked up for the crime of not turning in a certain artifact. Ronan is determined to prove they are innocent though it is much easier said than done. After being pulled into an incident involving a leprechaun incident where a baby was changed out for a log that looks like a baby, Ronan is sent to help free the child simply because he's so small and can get to the awkward spot that the child is at. He manages to secure the baby but makes the mistake of grabbing a cursed harp and then wakes up to find himself without pants and being rescued by one of the Garda. He may have embarrassed himself but he impressed one of the officers and Ronan finds himself getting ready to head off to train to be part of the Garda Special Unit in Killarney. Shortly after arriving via bus, getting his gear and setting things up on a cot near a stove pipe, he's nearly knocked unconscious by an older trainee but is luckily saved by a tall, rather odd girl that most people are afraid of named Log (her name is actually Lara but she was raised among the fae with the name Log) who becomes an unlikely ally. He also gains an ally in the form of Lily who is a huge Irish wolfhound and whose family has served the Special Unit for several generations. Then there's his partner Captain Siobhan de Valera who accepts Boyle as the awkward teenage boy as he is but also helps toughen him up a bit and always has his back. Ronan is certainly in over his head as he tries to learn how to be a part of the Special Unit, navigate classes that are full of challenges, visit his parents where they are currently serving time whenever possible, trying to figure out a way to free them and going on on calls with Lily and Captain de Valera which are always interesting and full of surprises. It's a good thing he has some friends and a touch of luck on his side to help him get out of most situations though there was that time with the singed eyebrow and leprechauns having pickle fits. That sentence will make much more sense once you read the book! Full of humor, Irish slang, Fae, mischievous leprechauns who really to enjoy playing tricks, drinking and some love really hot pickles, one very smart Wolfhound Lily, lots of rain and surprises, it was such a pleasure to read this book. I found myself entertained from beginning to end though that ending was quite the cliffhanger. I can't wait to see what next is in store for Ronan Boyle and I really hope that his parents can get out of prison before they really have to choose sides. It was the perfect book that I needed to start off this month!
alyssama121 More than 1 year ago
*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.* Ronan Boyle and the Bridge of Riddles is a fun, imaginative fantasy that explores the concept of Irish mythology through the adventures of a bumbling young man named Ronan Boyle. I read somewhere that this is an Artemis-Fowl-esque series, and while the fantasy and mythology certain remind me of this series, I love that the main character is a relatable, awkward teen rather than a criminal mastermind. I really enjoyed this book; the characters are all incredibly quirky and there are moments in here that made me laugh out loud. Lennon does an amazing job in twisting Irish mythology to fit this world he’s created; I have read quite a lot of fantasy based on Irish mythology, and this had a different flavor of fae than I’ve ever experienced. My only complaint is that not much really happened in this book aside from setting up the world. While that in itself was enjoyable, the plot was rather thin and just when I thought some progress was finally going to be made on the Boyle intrigue, the book ended. Of course, this makes me VERY excited for the next book, I just hope that is actually paid off at some point. Readers who like more action-packed novels might not love this book, but I’m hoping the sequel is more exciting. This book packs some of my favorite tropes into one book: an awkward teen main character, a boarding-schoolish feel with Boyle training to be a Garda, and a young man in search of redeeming his family. It’s all put together with a wink and a sly smile; this is a book that is pure entertainment and fun that you’re really not supposed to take very seriously. Overall, I enjoyed it, even if I felt it dragged in bits because of the overarching plot not advancing very much.