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Sarah Webb - Author

About the Author

Sarah Webb worked in children's bookselling for over ten years. She lives in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin with her partner, Ben, young son, Sam, and baby, Amy-Rose. She reviews children's books for many Irish newspapers and magazines and has written many of her own, including the popular Kids Can Cook series. 

Sarah says her inspiration comes from all kinds of things - daily life, books, daydreams, films, friends, relationships, and the whole world around her. 'I'm like a sponge,' she laughs. 'I soak everything up and retain it in some strange place in my mind. I'm eternally curious - I find the smallest, everyday things fascinating.

Featured books by Sarah Webb

The Memory Box

The Memory Box

Author: Sarah Webb Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/09/2013

Pandora Schuster is about to turn thirty but that's the least of her worries. In Dublin she has just been tested for a hereditary family illness and, expecting the worst, is desperate for her ex-boyfriend and father of nine-year-old Iris to be a part of her daughter's life. There are two major problems: Olivier Huppert lives in Paris and he has no idea that Iris even exists. So when Pandora secretly tries to find Olivier during her Parisian birthday weekend, it all ends in disaster. As the agonising weeks until her test results crawl by, Pandora manages to find some distraction with her kind and sensible boyfriend, Declan, and with her fellow Shoestring Club members as they time-share a fabulous new designer dress. Yet matters of the heart are not easily forgotten and Pandora is determined for Iris to know the truth about her handsome, charismatic father. So she creates a memory box filled with photos, letters and mementoes of the magical time she spent with Olivier in Paris.

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The Shoestring Club

The Shoestring Club

Author: Sarah Webb Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/09/2012

Join The Shoestring Club When the love of her life, Ed, announces his surprise engagement to her best friend, Julia Schuster is distraught but determined not to let them see how much she's hurting. She spies a remarkable dress in Shoestring, her sister's designer second-hand shop, and knows she'll only be able to stagger through the wedding day, showing everyone how over Ed she is, if her body is wrapped in its soft silk chiffon. Unfortunately it costs mega bucks and she's barely hanging on to her job as it is. Arietty Pilgrim can't and won't attend her fiercely competitive school reunion unless she can arrive wearing exactly the same dress. But working as an elephant keeper in Dublin Zoo does not a millionaire make. But fate has a funny way of bringing people together. Just as Julia starts to flounder amidst family troubles, problem drinking and a broken heart, she meets Arietty and the two of them set up The Shoestring Club -- time-sharing one extraordinary dress and beginning a life-altering friendship.

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Other books by Sarah Webb

Dare to Dream Irish People Who Took on the World (and Won!)

Dare to Dream Irish People Who Took on the World (and Won!)

Author: Sarah Webb Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/10/2019

`Dream big. You can't put a limit on your dreams because nothing is impossible.' Katie Mullan, Ireland Hockey Captain Are you ready to be inspired? Open this book and discover a world of courage, bravery and adventure. Adventurers, explorers, inventors, dreamers.... for a small country Irish people have had a huge impact internationally. From helping street children in India, to saving Jewish children during World War II and exploring new worlds, their reach has been world-wide. From Michael Collins to Rosie Hackett, Lady Gregory to Tom Crean, this book celebrates the brave and daring Irish. Be inspired by some of Ireland's most daring and fearless men and women.

Blazing a Trail Irish Women Who Changed the World

Blazing a Trail Irish Women Who Changed the World

Author: Sarah Webb Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2018

A book for everyone who dreams of changing the world. From fearless aviator, Lady Mary Heath, the first woman in the world to parachute from an aeroplane, to Margaret Bulkley, the 18th-century surgeon who lived as a man, meet 28 remarkable Irish women who have taken the world by storm. You may have already heard some of their names, like Countess Markievicz and Mary Robinson, but others, like Anne Sullivan, Lilian Bland or Anna Haslam, may be new to you. Packed with fun, fascinating facts and stunning, full-page illustrations, this book celebrates the trail blazers who have shaped the world we live in. Ready to walk in their footsteps? A world of bravery and discovery awaits you. Made by two remarkable women, author Sarah Webb and illustrator Lauren O'Neill.

Red Riding Hood's Sister

Red Riding Hood's Sister

Author: Sarah Webb Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/02/2018

A Sailor Went to Sea, Sea, Sea Favourite Rhymes from an Irish Childhood

A Sailor Went to Sea, Sea, Sea Favourite Rhymes from an Irish Childhood

Author: Sarah Webb Format: Hardback Release Date: 11/09/2017

A beautifully illustrated collection of nursery rhymes to treasure, and songs, poems and rhymes to share. Enjoy Irish favourites like `Brian O'Linn' and `I'll Tell Me Ma', classics such as `My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean' and `Monday's Child', silly rhymes that every child will love like `Beans', `Pardon Me' and `On Top of Spaghetti', as well as magical verses for children written by Oscar Wilde, Oliver St John Gogarty, James Joyce and others.

Reading Planet - Whales and Dolphins - White: Galaxy

Reading Planet - Whales and Dolphins - White: Galaxy

Author: Sarah Webb Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 26/05/2017

Whales are the largest animals that have ever lived on our planet. But did you know that a dolphin is a type of toothed whale? Explore the amazing underwater world of whales and dolphins. Whales and Dolphins is part of the Galaxy range of books from Rising Stars Reading Planet. Galaxy provides captivating fiction and non-fiction for Pink A to White band. The rich collection of highly decodable books immerses children in a range of cross-curricular topics and genres. Reading Planet books have been carefully levelled to support children in becoming fluent and confident readers. Each book features useful notes and activities to support reading at home as well as comprehension questions to check understanding. Reading age: 6-7 years

Hodder GCSE History for Edexcel: Warfare through time, c1250-present

Hodder GCSE History for Edexcel: Warfare through time, c1250-present

Author: Sarah Webb, Ed Podesta Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/05/2016

Exam Board: Edexcel Level: GCSE Subject: History First Teaching: September 2016 First Exam: June 2018 Endorsed for Edexcel Help your students achieve their full potential while ensuring pace, enjoyment and motivation with this unique series from the leading History publisher; developed by expert educators who know how to instil deep subject knowledge and an appetite for lifelong learning. - Provides distinct approaches to the different components of the 2016 specification, ensuring that your classroom resources are tailored to learners' changing needs as they progress through the curriculum - Caters for varying learning styles, using an exciting mix of clear narrative, visual stimulus materials and a rich collection of contemporary sources to capture the interest of all students - Helps students maximise their grade potential and develop their exam skills through structured guidance on answering every question type successfully - Blends in-depth coverage of topics with activities and strategies to help students acquire, retain and revise core subject knowledge across the years - Builds on our experience publishing popular GCSE resources to supply you with accurate, authoritative content written by experienced teachers who understand the practical implications of new content and assessment requirements Warfare through time, c.1250-present covers both the thematic study 'Warfare and British society, c.1250-present' and the study of the historic environment 'London and the Second World War, 1939-45.'

Aurora and the Popcorn Dolphin (The Songbird Cafe Girls 3)

Aurora and the Popcorn Dolphin (The Songbird Cafe Girls 3)

Author: Sarah Webb Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/03/2016

The third book in Sarah Webb's heartwarming series about friendship and family, set on an island. Perfect for readers aged 9 years and up. Perfect for fans of Cathy Cassidy and Jacqueline Wilson. The third book in The Songbird Cafe Girls series about friendship, family and a very special cafe. After the death of her mum, Aurora struggles to care about anything until she meets Click the dolphin. So when Aurora learns about the use of dangerous fishing nets, she's determined to help protect dolphins like Click. Her friends at the Songbird Cafe are only too happy to help.

Aurora and the Popcorn Dolphin (The Songbird Cafe Girls 3)

Aurora and the Popcorn Dolphin (The Songbird Cafe Girls 3)

Author: Sarah Webb Format: eBook Release Date: 18/02/2016

The third book in Sarah Webb's heartwarming series about friendship and family, set on an island. Perfect for readers aged 9 years and up.Perfect for fans of Cathy Cassidy and Jacqueline Wilson. The third book in The Songbird Cafe Girls series about friendship, family and a very special cafe. After the death of her mum, Aurora struggles to care about anything until she meets Click the dolphin. So when Aurora learns about the use of dangerous fishing nets, she's determined to help protect dolphins like Click. Her friends at the Songbird Cafe are only too happy to help.

Anne of Green Gables Band 17/Diamond

Anne of Green Gables Band 17/Diamond

Author: Sarah Webb Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2016

A funny, heart-warming retelling of Lucy Maud Montgomery's classic story for children, which follows orphan Anne, as she joins a new family and makes a new, and finally happy life for herself. Diamond/Band 17 books offer more complex, underlying themes to give opportunities for children to understand causes and points of view. Text type: Fiction from our literary heritage Curriculum links: English: fiction from the literary heritage

Beyond The Stars

Beyond The Stars

Author: Sarah Webb Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/10/2015

A collection of short stories from a stellar line-up of Irish authors and illustrators, edited by bestselling author Sarah Webb. The anthology is completed by a final winter-themed tale from the winner of HarperCollins' competition for young writers, which will be illustrated by Irish Children's Laureate, Niamh Sharkey. 12 wintry tales of wonder, from the funny to the ghostly, from the heartfelt to the action-packed - there is something here for everyone to love... Written by some of the most outstanding talents in children's fiction today, including Eoin Colfer, Roddy Doyle, Derek Landy and John Boyne, and with stunning illustrations from the likes of PJ Lynch, Chris Haughton and Niamh Sharkey, to name but a few. All profits go to Fighting Words - the Irish Story Centre in support of Creative Writing for Children and Adults. Fighting Words was inspired by Dave Eggers' 826 Valencia project in the USA, as have been creative writing centres all over the world since then, including Milan, Stockholm, London, Barcelona and Sydney. All of these creative writing centres are informally linked together - they communicate regularly, sharing ideas and experience.

Sunny Days and Moon Cakes (The Songbird Cafe Girls 2)

Sunny Days and Moon Cakes (The Songbird Cafe Girls 2)

Author: Sarah Webb Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/09/2015

The second book in Sarah Webb's heartwarming series about friendship and family, set on an island. Perfect for readers aged 9 years and up. Perfect for fans of Cathy Cassidy and Jacqueline Wilson. The second book in The Songbird Cafe Girls series about friendship, family and a very special cafe. Little Bird Island has been Sunny's home since she was adopted from China. Sunny loves baking and drawing - if only her anxiety didn't stop her from speaking to her friends. Could a trip to China be the key to unlocking Sunny's voice?

Sunny Days and Moon Cakes (The Songbird Cafe Girls 2)

Sunny Days and Moon Cakes (The Songbird Cafe Girls 2)

Author: Sarah Webb Format: eBook Release Date: 20/08/2015

The second book in Sarah Webb's heartwarming series about friendship and family, set on an island. Perfect for readers aged 9 years and up.Perfect for fans of Cathy Cassidy and Jacqueline Wilson. The 2nd book in The Songbird Cafe Girls series about friendship, family and a very special cafe. Little Bird Island has been Sunny's home since she was adopted from China. Sunny loves baking and drawing - if only her anxiety didn't stop her from speaking to her friends. Could a trip to China be the key to unlocking Sunny's voice?

Mollie Cinnamon Is Not a Cupcake (The Songbird Cafe Girls 1)

Mollie Cinnamon Is Not a Cupcake (The Songbird Cafe Girls 1)

Author: Sarah Webb Format: eBook Release Date: 19/03/2015

First in a heartwarming series from Sarah Webb about friendship and family, set on an island. Perfect for readers aged 9 years and up.Perfect for fans of Cathy Cassidy and Jacqueline Wilson. First book in The Songbird Cafe Girls series about friendship, family and a very special cafe. Mollie Cinnamon is so bored and lonely on Little Bird Island until she makes friends with Sunny and Alanna at the Songbird Cafe. Disaster strikes, though, when the cafe is threatened with closure. Can the new friends work together to save it?

Mollie Cinnamon Is Not a Cupcake (The Songbird Cafe Girls 1)

Mollie Cinnamon Is Not a Cupcake (The Songbird Cafe Girls 1)

Author: Sarah Webb Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2015

First in a heartwarming series from Sarah Webb about friendship and family, set on an island. Perfect for readers aged 9 years and up. Perfect for fans of Cathy Cassidy and Jacqueline Wilson. First book in The Songbird Cafe Girls series about friendship, family and a very special cafe. Mollie Cinnamon is so bored and lonely on Little Bird Island until she makes friends with Sunny and Alanna at the Songbird Cafe. Disaster strikes, though, when the cafe is threatened with closure. Can the new friends work together to save it?

The Loving Kind

The Loving Kind

Author: Sarah Webb Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/11/2014

Romance writer, Libby Small, has just been dumped. By her agent, her publisher and now her husband and she's finally had enough. So she's over the moon when she's given the opportunity to ghostwrite a novel for ex Miss Ireland, Lulubelle Ryan. Particularly as it means travelling around the world as part of Lulubelle's entourage. Two months to write a raunchy bonk buster set in the glitzy world of modelling should be easy - right? Wrong! Especially when it becomes very clear to Libby that the story behind this book is very close to Lulubelle's heart for a reason. There are some benefits though - and Lulubelle's handsome and enigmatic manager, Leo, is certainly part of the attraction - if only Libby could forget about her other male addiction.

Beyond The Stars

Beyond The Stars

Author: Sarah Webb Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/10/2014

A collection of short stories from a stellar line-up of Irish authors and illustrators, edited by bestselling author Sarah Webb. The anthology is completed by a final winter-themed tale from the winner of HarperCollins' competition for young writers, which will be illustrated by Irish Children's Laureate, Niamh Sharkey. 12 wintry tales of wonder, from the funny to the ghostly, from the heartfelt to the action-packed - there is something here for everyone to love... Written by some of the most outstanding talents in children's fiction today, including Eoin Colfer, Roddy Doyle, Derek Landy and John Boyne, and with stunning illustrations from the likes of PJ Lynch, Chris Haughton and Niamh Sharkey, to name but a few. This is a gorgeous hardback that no family bookshelf should be without. All profits go to Fighting Words - the Irish Story Centre in support of Creative Writing for Children and Adults. Fighting Words was inspired by Dave Eggers' 826 Valencia project in the USA, as have been creative writing centres all over the world since then, including Milan, Stockholm, London, Barcelona and Sydney. All of these creative writing centres are informally linked together - they communicate regularly, sharing ideas and experience.