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Aoisghrúpa: 13 go 15 bliain d’aois 

Ciara Ní Cholmáin is a young and isolated secondary school student who has become the target of a group of bullies led by a girl who is tall, beautiful and popular. Sandra and her friends torment Ciara with taunts and bullying – before school, during school and after school.

Not only is she being bullied in person, but she is also receiving nasty text messages and someone is posting photos of her on the website labhairamach.com. Just when Ciara is at her lowest ebb she finds an unexpected ally, a friend who provides the help that she so badly needs. A powerful novella that examines the challenges of tackling bullying. 

Áine Uí Fhoghlú

Áine Uí Fhoghlú comes from the Gaeltacht area of An Rinn in County Waterford and is an author, poet and post-primary teacher. This is her fifth work of fiction and she has also published three collections of poetry. She has been awarded many literary prizes including Oireachtas na Gaeilge, Listowel Writers’ Week and the Michael Hartnett Poetry Award.

She teaches creative writing to second level students and has been writer in residence in a number of schools. Her research work has been broadcast and published in various publications and she has received bursaries and commissions from The Arts Council, Ealaín na Gaeltachta and Foras na Gaeilge.

Fiction: Crúba na Cinniúna (2009); Uisce Faoi Thalamh (2011); Pincí sa Ghaeltacht (2012) and Éalú (2013). Poetry: Aistear Aonair (1999); An Liú sa Chuan (2007); Ar an Imeall (2011).

Weight 100 g

Unfortunately bullying is all too prevalent in our society, particularly in our schools. In LabhairAmach.com, secondary school teacher Áine Uí Fhoghlú explores this issue from a student’s point of view.

Úrscéal gairid faoi théama tráthúil atá curtha romhainn ag Áine Uí Fhoghlú anseo. Scéal faoi thromaíocht agus cibear bhulaíocht ach go háirithe. Ciara, cailín i rang an teastas shóisirigh atá i lár an scéil. Tá cailín eile ag bailiú slua timpeall uirthi féin, agus ag úsáid Ciara mar sprioc bulaíochta.

Insítear an scéal ó dhearcadh go leor de na daoine óga agus tugann sé léargas leathan ar na fadhbanna agus dúshlán atá ag daoine óga. Seachnaítear insint dubh agus bán, agus tuigimid na cúiseanna atá ag daoine dá n-iompar ach ní déantar leithscéal do dhrochíde.

Tá scéal dúlra neadaithe ann freisin, áit a fhaigheann Ciara faoiseamh sealadach, ach cailleann sí é sin féin.

Tá teannas san insint a dhruideann i dtreo tubaiste, ach bíonn deireadh dóchasach ann agus bláthú i ndán do Chiara. Bláthú a chabhraíonn léi aithint nach bhfuil sí féin saor ó locht – ach déanann sí leorghníomh.

Tá go leor eolais ann faoi thromaíocht ar na meáin shóisialta agus guthán chomh maith leis san saol fisiciúil, agus na bearnaí tuisceana is féidir a bheith ann idir daltaí agus múinteoirí.

Tá an leabhar dírithe ar an aoisghrúpa 13 – 15 agus measaim go n-éiríonn leis.

Shamhlóinn freisin go mbeadh sé úsáideach chun plé agus cíoradh ar na ceisteanna ann a spreagadh ar scoil nó i ngrúpaí óige.
Léirmheas le Aonghus Ó hAlmhain, Gobblefunked.com, Deireadh Fómhair, 2017.