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As Patricia Reilly Giff writes in her note to the reader, the Great Hunger of 1845 to 1852 was a tragic time for the Irish. Enough food to feed double the population was sent out across the sea, while an indifferent government ignored the starving masses. More than one million of the eight million people in Ireland died. Nory Ryan's Song, a fictionalized account based on this terrible era in history, describes the heroic struggles of one girl who refuses to give in to hunger, exhaustion, and hopeless circumstances. Young readers may have heard of the Irish Potato Famine, but they won't truly understand it until they meet Nory. Giff is the author of many beloved books for children, including the Newbery Honor Book Lily's Crossing and the Polk Street School series. (Ages 9 to 12) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Beautifully written. Very sad in parts but there was always something that made me want to keep reading. I felt every emotion of love, despair And hope along with the characters. Read morePublished 8 months ago by JDowell
I had not read this author before "Nory Ryan's Song", but I was impressed by the imagery in the story. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Kim
am going to let my 9 yr old grandaughter read it. Some of the other famine books were alot of politics. This was a heart warming story of survival.Published 11 months ago by kakepo
I absolutely fell in love with this book. I am an avid reader of historical fiction, such as the Dear America Series books. Read morePublished 12 months ago by annalise23
This book is short- but filled with so much. It is not a happy, fun, frivolous story but one which really thumps at your heart. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book is a book for all ages. It's a story that will appeal to history buffs, those who trace their roots to Ireland, and those who just want to read a good story. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Maribeth Zimmerman