For Adults: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Available for €5.08 from The Book Depository.
Book Blurb: Afghanistan, 1975: Twelve-year-old Amir is desperate to win the local kite-fighting tournament and his loyal friend Hassan promises to help him. But neither of the boys can foresee what will happen to Hassan that afternoon, an event that is to shatter their lives. After the Russians invade and the family is forced to flee to America, Amir realises that one day he must return to Afghanistan under Taliban rule to find the one thing that his new world cannot grant him: redemption.
Goodreads rating: 4.2/5
For Young Adults: The Kite Rider by Geraldine McCaughrean
Available for €10.00 from Easons.
Book Blurb: Haoyou knows that his father's spirit lives among the clouds above Ancient China. He also knows that to save his mother from being forced into a new marriage he must now follow in his father's footsteps and take to the skies, riding a kite through the clouds and the spirits of the dead. Then the Jade Circus offers him a chance to escape his enemies and travel throughout the empire, and maybe even perform before Kublai Khan himself. But is going with the circus really the best option? It could be that the circus master is leading him into even greater danger. This outstanding story is like nothing else you've ever read - packed with action, adventure and emotion.
Goodreads rating: 3.51/5
For Children: Super Duck by Jez Alborough
Available for €9.50 from Dubray Books
Book Blurb: Hilarious, action-packed new title in the bestselling Duck in the Truck series from highly-regarded picture book creator, Jez Alborough. Make way SUPER DUCK is here! Goat is eager to try out his new kite with the help of friends, Sheep and Frog. But, just they are about to see if it will fly, Super Duck arrives in his super truck. And, as always when Duck is around, things are bound to go wrong! Indeed it is not long before Frog is carried up into the sky on the end of the kite's string. Poor Frog! Can Super Duck save the day?
Goodreads rating: 3.64/5
The Dublin Kite Festival 2014 is taking place on the 22nd June on North Bull Island Beach, Clontarf. For more information check out: www.dublinkitefestival.ie or tweet @DublinKite