Anna Liza and the Happy Practice (Little Gems 5+)
Anna Liza likes to help cheer up her mother's psychiatric patients with her 17 top knock-knock jokes and cheerful songs, but when she meets Edward, she hits a brick wall. Edward's dad is so sad since his mum left; he says his life isn't going anywhere any more. Anna Liza has a plan to get him on the move again, if only she can manage to evade her mother's attention long enough.
Eoin Colfer is the current Irish Children's Laureate (Laureate na nOg). He is the bestselling author of the Artemis Fowl series and has sold well in advance of 25 million books in his career.