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Selkies, Kelpies, and Craic: 4 Celtic-Influenced YA Reads

St. Patrick’s Day is a day for parades, parties, venerating the 5th century bishop who drove snakes out of an island nation, and watching one of the best Disney Channel Original Movies, The Luck of the Irish (just me?).

But it is also, like every other day in the year, a day for reading. So if you plan to spend the day seeking out literary gold instead of the kind at the end of the rainbow, you’re in luck! Here are four recommendations for YA books with Irish or Celtic influence.

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The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

This YA novel is based on the legends of the Celtic water horse and features Stiefvater’s trademark atmospheric writing.

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Fear the Drowning Deep by Sarah Glenn Marsh

Mystery drownings, witches, and handsome lads plucked back from the sea. This teen novel set in 1913 on the Isle of Man will keep you reading into the wee hours.

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Dreamer by L.E. DeLano

This is the sequel to the high-stakes, time-bending fantasy Traveler, and while both books feature a love interest named Finn who speaks with an Irish accent, this one has a green cover too! Bonus points!

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Sweet Black Waves by Kristina Perez

This retelling of Tristan and Iseult is full of magic, danger, and passion. It’s also heavily influenced by the Celtic strains of the legend.

Your turn, Swooners! What are some of your Celtic-inspired YA favorites?

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