Specsavers Children's Book of the Year (Senior)

Shortlisted 2022

The Truth About Riley by Sinead Moriarty

The Truth About Riley

By Sinéad Moriarty

Life can change in an instant… When Riley’s dad dies suddenly, leaving behind a mountain of debt, the life she’s used to starts to crumble around her. Suddenly finding herself homeless, Riley tries to keep up appearances at school, hiding the truth from her lovely but clueless friend Sophie, and spiteful, suspicious Vanessa. But as strangers step up to help her and her mum, Riley realises that sometimes it is those you least expect who will change your life for the better… A timely and thought-provoking new story from one of Ireland’s best-loved storytellers.

About Sinéad Moriarty...

Sinéad Moriarty is the much-loved author of 15 adult novels, and her books have been translated into 25 languages. Sinead has won over readers and critics by telling stories that are humane, moving and relevant, and her children’s books are now inspiring a new generation of readers. The New Girl, her debut children’s fiction, won the An Post Award for Teen and Young Adult Book of the Year in 2021. The Truth About Riley is her second children’s title for Gill Books.

Other books shortlisted in this category...

Click on the books to read more


Vote for your favourite books by following the link below & you could win €100 of National Book Tokens