Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize, this is a contemporary love story about loyalty and friendship and the power of never giving up hope.
'A moving and poignant tale about the redemptive power of friendship' - Louise O'Neill, bestselling author of Asking for It
Oscar Dunleavy is missing, presumed dead.
His bike was found at sea, beyond the pier, and everyone in town has accepted this as a teenage tragedy.
Except for his best friend, Meg.
Oscar's kind, always cheerful, and makes the world's best apple tarts.
Meg knows he isn't dead ...
... and she's going to prove it.
A VERY GOOD CHANCE is brave and thoughtful with cracking characters. It deserves a wide readership and confirms Moore Fitzgerald's place as one of Ireland's most interesting new children's writers. - IRISH INDEPENDENT on A VERY GOOD CHANCE
The language is lyrical and evocative and vivid. The book itself is short and sharp but unpacks itself in a way that makes it seem huge and expansive - THE BOOKBAG on A VERY GOOD CHANCE
A moving and poignant tale about the redemptive power of friendship. - Louise O'Neill, bestselling author of ASKING FOR IT, on THE APPLE TART OF HOPE
A big-hearted novel about love, loyalty and friendship from a rising star - THE BOOKSELLER on THE APPLE TART OF HOPE
The characters are well-drawn in this absorbing and thought-provoking timeslip novel. Sarah Moore Fitzgerald tells a moving and original story of love and loss with both humour and understanding. - BOOKTRUST on BACK TO BLACKBRICK
Part mystery, part sweet romance ... Young readers will be hooked from the get-go. - PEOPLE, The Best Children s Books of 2016
This is a fantastic and beautifully written book about friendship, loyalty and, above all, hope. I was so absorbed in the moving storyline that I read it in one sitting - BOOKBABBLERS
The friendship of Meg and Oscar, the two main characters in THE APPLE TART OF HOPE, will pull at your heartstrings ... This novel is gentle and mild but it has hidden powers, too - DAILY TELEGRAPH
Sarah Moore Fitzgerald was born in New York in 1965 but grew up in Co.Dublin. She is a professor and associate vice president at the University of Limerick in Ireland, specialising in psychology and effective pedagogy in higher education, and has published several non-fiction books on teaching, learning and academic writing. She runs regular writers' retreats for academics and students in Ireland and internationally.
Follow her on Twitter @SMooreFitz