We caught up with Debbie Thomas, author of My Secret Dragon, to see why she loves reading, her favourite books and why she is so excited to support the MS Readathon:

Debbie Thomas

On her love of reading: 

“I can’t remember a life without reading. Not always with my eyes; before I could make sense of letters or words, my ears gobbled up bedtime stories. There’s nothing better than curling up on the sofa and stepping, flying or scuba-diving into a new world. You make new friends, fight the worst enemies and cheer on your heroes who, hopefully, will win.

A great book welcomes you in, calms you, fires you up all at the same time. It takes you on adventures you have never dreamed of and satisfies you from head to toe in a way that no screen can.

I don’t know why or how – that’s the magic bit – but I promise it does. Try it!”.

Debbie’s Top Ten Favourite Books


Snakes’ Elbows by Deirdre Madden (7+)                                    

Chalkline by Jane Mitchell (10+)

The Best Medicine by Christine Hammill (9+)

Ministry of Suits by Paul Gamble (9+)

Benny & Omar by Eoin Colfer (9+)

The Poison Throne Trilogy by Celine Kiernan (10+)

A Place Called Perfect by Helena Duggan (8+)

Back to Blackbrick by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald (9+)

The Dragonfly Pool by Eva Ibbotson (9+)

Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce (9+)

Share your favourite reading adventure with us!


Read any amazing books that you’d like to share with us?

We love hearing about all your wonderful reading adventures that happen during the MS Readathon so much so that this year we are running a book review competition. All you have to do is simply write or video a review of a book you’ve read during the MS Readathon and send it to us here at MS Readathon HQ!!

The five best ones will be put on our social media sites (with your parent/guardian’s permission of course) and there are cool prizes of books, fidget spinners and art sets up for grabs!!!

Send your entries to the MS Readathon Team at read@msreadathon.ie